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Upper Ass Pain?(9 posts)

Upper Ass Pain?Cisco_Kid
Sep 30, 2002 10:20 AM
For a while now I've been complaining about pain in my lower back when I've been in the saddle for an hour or two, but I realized recently that its NOT lower back pain, its upper ass pain! Those muscles right below the flat part of your lower back on both sides, the top of the glutes I guess. Standing up straight immeditately relieves it, and the next day I feel fine. Anyone have a similar problem? Any tips?
same problem here_rt_
Sep 30, 2002 10:58 AM
wish i knew how to fix it! it's that muscle that runs right over your kidney, right? mine cramped (right side only) yesterday 78 miles into a century. ouch!

a few things i've tried (with moderate to no success), stretching before getting on the bike, changing positions on the bike while riding--especially on long rides (for all the good it did me yesterday), standing up every once in a while on the bike, arching my back while riding (seems to help stretch things out).

this happens to me on all my bikes (mtb, old road, new road) but it seems to be a lot better on my new bike. nevertheless, i'm thinking i will try to find a shop that has a fit guru and have them look at my position on the bike and make suggestions.

good luck
rt
You're worthless and weak.Sintesi
Sep 30, 2002 11:33 AM
Just kidding. Here's what I did to much success. There are others but this is most effective.

Do your basic Figure-Four stretch but do it Yoga style. Sit on your butt, one leg straight ahead, toes up, the other bent inwards, your foot touching the straight leg's thigh. Reach over with the opposite arm towards the toe as far as you can go with out straining (very key). If all you can do is touch your shin, fine. If all you can do is touch your knee, fine. Your other arm is also going for the toe, it should get farther down the leg. Keep your head straight at a 90 degree angle from your spine (don't let your chin hit your chest). Now hold this, gently relaxing into the stretch for THREE SOLID MINUTES (important). Don't strain or make it painful, just relax and hold it for three minutes. Breathe slowly. Mentally focus on the region in pain and consciously think of those muscles relaxing (try it it works). Do it nightly during commercials while watching a TV program.

It's not how far you reach, it's about relaxing into the stretch. Gravity is your friend here.
thanks!_rt_
Sep 30, 2002 12:08 PM
that sounds better than any of my stretches.

rt - can probably lay my chest flat on my leg.....too many years of ballet & gymnastics!
re: Upper Ass Pain?MXL02
Sep 30, 2002 12:25 PM
I had that too until I lowered my saddle... 0.5cm made a huge difference.
I get that too. . .js5280
Sep 30, 2002 1:52 PM
but only when I hammer a hill in a big gear. There's this perfect hill that used to be on my commute (Rt. 42 coming out of Louisville, CO). Get a good head of speed, momentumn takes you up just enough you could hammer the last part in a big gear without losing much speed. That part always hurt afterwards but I'd do it anyways cause it was such a fun hill to attack.
Seriouslyfiltersweep
Sep 30, 2002 5:53 PM
I have lower back pain from spinning up hills... now I mix it up, stand at stop lights, hills, etc... no more pain.
Yes but I have to be really mashing the pedals. Spin is fine-nmjs5280
Oct 1, 2002 4:32 PM
Call Aspro..........firstrax
Sep 30, 2002 2:41 PM
They make house or road calls.