Nerve pain - numbness when kayaking

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    Nov 04, 2012 9:28 AM GMT
    Had anyone had problems with numbness of the leg during Kayaking? I usually get around 30 mins in the kayak (multisport) before I can't feel my foot.

    Any ideas or solutions that worked??

    I have put in a bumfortable, but still not much difference :-(

    http://www.gurneygears.com/gear/bumfortable_kayak_seat/bumfortable_fixes_health_issues

    Thanks for any help guys!
    Cheers

    Neil
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    Nov 04, 2012 9:39 PM GMT
    Sent you a message. ;-)
  • FredMG

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    Nov 04, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
    I'll say this because I'm über guilty of it: good posture and form are everything while Sea/Flatwater kayaking.

    I often catch myself slouching and not using my core, and that leads to bad form, legs that fall asleep, but not, for me numbness. I'd say check to make sure you can sit comfortably with your knees bent but still have some room to change positions while paddling.

  • BigBearBB02

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    Nov 05, 2012 2:24 AM GMT
    Hi Niel. I went over your profile and you're a very active man, plus a wight lifter. I don't know if you are experiencing any pain in your legs as well or just numbness? Is it only while kayaking? Have you been to a Doctor or Specialist? You could have damaged a disk, that could be pinching a nerve? It could be minor and only act up when your in certain positions, or get inflamed and act up when you eat certain foods, or both? I've irreversibly damaged my spin with years of heavy lifting thing for my Family Business for years, Things that would have taken 4 men to do, large pieces of furniture over 450lbs each daily for years. I found out to late, I ignored to signs and didn't seek professional help. It starts as numbness, them lite pain, then heavy pain, then stiffness with pain, and then finally stiffness with unbearable pain. It is very preventable and treatable if taken care of early. If it is a pinched nerve? Please let me know if any thing I've said helped? Also sorry to hear about your housing situation, hope things are better?
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    Nov 11, 2012 8:02 AM GMT
    I paddle an EZG 42 which is just ever so slightly too small for me so I defiantly experience some numbness after about an hour or so. I guess I could fix the problem if I paddled a larger boat but I love that I can toss my EZG around the way I so. I also have problems with my left arm going numb from about my elbow down. That tends to happen at about the worst times possible.
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    Nov 11, 2012 8:11 AM GMT
    FredPDX saidI'll say this because I'm über guilty of it: good posture and form are everything while Sea/Flatwater kayaking.

    I often catch myself slouching and not using my core, and that leads to bad form, legs that fall asleep, but not, for me numbness. I'd say check to make sure you can sit comfortably with your knees bent but still have some room to change positions while paddling.




    Good point. I had to work on my posture for a while and really make sure I was using the correct muscle groups to maintain correct form. I felt so much more comfortable in my boat after working on posture.
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    Nov 11, 2012 8:25 AM GMT
    Fortunately not something something I've experienced, having taken up kayayking to replace rugby, which I gave up due to trapped nerve problems.

    Had a mate who was paddling with me who had the same symptoms as you describe and found he had a disc problem....so go get it checked out.

    Happy paddling - awsum way to see the world and get that endorphin buzz too!
  • quirkyquirk

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    Mar 01, 2013 9:32 AM GMT
    Sounds like tight hamstrings and a bit of slouching! Use some foam to wedge the seat so that the rear of your arse is higher than the front of your arse. This should take some pressure off the low back and encourage good posture. Stretch those hammies twice a day also!

    Hope this helps!