CHRONIC NECK PAIN AND MOTORCYCLE HELMETS
Motorcycle Helmets. You wouldn't think that this topic would be too controversial. But it is. Although there are all sorts of individuals / groups who fight for the "right" not to have to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle, I believe they are misguided. However, there is one 'anti-helmet' group whom I can at least understand and empathize with. These are the people who love to ride but struggle with CHRONIC NECK PAIN. You see; due to the combined weight of the helmet & their own head (not to mention the battering one can get from the wind --- particularly for a passenger), the neck can become mechanically stressed beyond what it can bear. This is particularly true in women. Thus, they stay home.
If you look at our MVA PAGE, you'll notice that according to the peer-reviewed scientific literature, women are more likely to be injured in a whiplash-type accident --- much more likely. Women are also substantially more likely to suffer with Chronic Neck Pain long after their injury. Most of this has to do with the fact that women typically have much smaller necks than men, with much less muscle mass to support the head. With the average head weighing 8-12 pounds, and the average helmet coming in at around four pounds, this amount of weight can overcome even a healthy neck with a day of hard riding. Think about it for a moment; the heaviest bowling ball is 16 lbs. The head and helmet must be held by seven small vertebrae, some CONNECTIVE TISSUE, and several small muscles. In someone with a previously injured neck, riding can become impossible. So, what's a person to do if they want to ride?
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Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).