Painless Kayak Fishing Now Availble On Senior Kayak Angler Magazine

This Magazine, Senior Kayak Angler, just got a huge boost in the form of dozens of republished quality articles from a leading source on kayaking back pain and other injuries, the blog named Painless Kayak Fishing.

This is a wonderful opportunity to expose all this top quality editorial material to our readers, and hopefully attract more visitors who are interested in avoiding pain and discomfort associated with kayak fishing, especially at an older age.

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Yak Back Pain: The Eight Hundred Pound Gorilla In The Room

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

The eight hundred pound gorilla in a market for a certain product is the biggest player in that market, and the eight hundred pound gorilla in the room is an expression that means the obvious problem no one is talking about.

As with everything related to sit-in and SOT kayaks, that problem in kayak fishing is poor ergonomics, especially back pain and discomfort that prevent many anglers from joining the ranks of kayak anglers, and causing a considerable number of kayak anglers to quit the sport once they realize the problem is intolerable for them, and there is nothing they can effectively do about it.

These ergonomic problems are often discussed in private, or in online forums, but usually the attitude towards them is either acceptance, as something that’s inherently part of the sport (like getting wet is supposed to be), or as a personal problem of the person complaining about it, and one that can be superficially addressed with some extra foam under the knees, or on top of the kayak seat.

Manufacturers and other vendors of sit-in and SOT kayaks have identified these serious ergonomic problems, and use them as an opportunity to sell more gear – mainly expensive kayak seats with extra cushioning and varying angles for the backrest, none of which can in fact solve any of the problems in question.

Sit-in kayaks have been used for centuries, and SOT kayaks have been commercially available for over four decades. Had there been a way to solve this problem that comes with the use of these kayaks, it would have been discovered and offered to the public. But there is no such solution, because of the L position and the footrests-backrest system designed to allow modern kayak paddlers and anglers to stay in place and exert control over their kayak through their legs continuously pushing their lower back against the backrest.
This means that as long as a kayak passenger is required to sit with their legs stretched in front of them, there will be a need for them to use footrests and a backrest, as well as use their legs to push their back against the backrest – constantly, thus creating pressure in the lumbar area – resulting in discomfort and pain.

In contrast, the new W kayaks present a solution that frees both paddlers and anglers from back pain, due to these kayaks’ patented form, which requires their passengers neither to sit in the L position, nor to use any type of footrests, or backrest.
W kayak passengers are free to switch between a number of ergonomic positions anytime they choose to do so, and even stand up if they feel like paddling or fishing standing, or just in order to stretch. The new W500 series is stable enough to enable the passenger to lie down and rest, stretch, and relax.

Over the years, reporters and editors in publications that cover kayaking and kayak fishing have systematically avoided reporting about either this critical ergonomic problem, or the real solution recently found to it.
Talking openly about that eight hundred pound gorilla in the room would have surely annoyed the kayak market’s eight hundred pound gorilla, as well as the smaller players, who pay for advertising their kayaks and kayak seats in those specialized publications.

Meanwhile, a large part of the public is still unaware of the solution offered to their kayaking and kayak fishing problem, and they are not getting this information from the paddling or fishing media.

More Foam in the Backrest of Your Kayak Seat – Is This the Solution For Your Back Pain?

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

Can more foam padding in your kayak seat backrest help protect your lumbar spine, and prevent back problems?

This article on Kayaks and Lumbar Spine Problems explains in detail how the basic sitting position in kayaks (the L position) combined with backrest and footrests is the very cause of the discomfort and pain you feel in lower back.
Padding your seat with additional foam can make you feel better for a while, but it doesn’t solve the problem, really. The reason is that what pushes your lumber spine against the back of your seat (backrest) is the most powerful set of muscles in your body, which are your own legs:
Your legs are powerful enough to propel you over long distances, even at running speed, and they can also lift your entire body up in the air, when you’re jumping.
When you’re seated in your kayak in the L position, your legs act as two two powerful pistons constantly pushing your unprotected lower back backwards, against your kayak seat’s backrest. This pressure is concentrated on a few vertebrae, since there are no other bones in this area of your body, and there are no big muscles to protect them.
In other words, although the forces in action are smaller than the force required to support your body (I.E. equivalent to your body weight), they are in the same range.
The more intense your paddling and the more tense your body is, the more power is required to keep your body in its position in, or on top of your kayak.
This means that if you’re tired or uncomfortable, you body becomes tense, and your legs need to work harder to keep you in place, which means they have to increase the pressure on the lower part of your back, that is your lumber spine.

That is to say that foam doesn’t present a good solution to your back pain problem to begin with, and since foam has a tendency to compress over time, even the initial, temporary relief you may feel will vanish after a while.

By the way, if you’re heavy, you’re likely to feel discomfort and pain in your butt too, after sitting in your kayak in the L position. Foam won’t help much in your case because it will get compressed, as will the nerves in this part of your body. Compressed nerves are at the source of phenomena well known to kayak paddlers and anglers, such as leg numbness, leg pain, and butt pain.
This discomfort and pain is not a trivial matter at all, once you start feeling it.

In sum, nearly all sit-in and sit-on-top (SOT) kayaks today are outfitted with foam padded seats, and still, most paddlers and anglers who use these kayaks feel one or more of the following symptoms: Premature fatigue, sore back, leg numbness, leg pain, sore butt etc., and therefore seek a break, in order to stretch, and ‘un-kink’.

In comparison, the basic paddling position in W kayaks is the Riding Position, and it’s similar to the position of being mounted on horseback. In this position, your legs comfortably help you support your body weight, and take part in your balancing, paddling, controlling and fishing efforts.
In addition, this new type of kayak offers you to switch anytime to a number of other positions, including Sitting (similar to being seated in a canoe) and Standing Up. This means you can stretch, relax and stay comfortable for considerably longer periods of time, without attaining a situation where any part of your body would ache.

Sleepless in Seattle, Because of SOT Kayak Back Pain and Sciatica

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

“I have back pain and  and have to say my w-500 is the most comfortable boat I’ve ever paddled.
I had an unfortunate encounter with a bad chiropractor and have issues with L5 and sciatica now, and had tried SOT kayaks with bad results… but I could see the w kayak is entirely a different story after only one outing!”

This is part of a new kayak review of the W500 fishing kayak  featuring on the Wavewalk Fishing Kayaks blog.

Stretching and Catching a Cat Nap in a Fishing Kayak?

This article first appeared on the PAINLESS KAYAK FISHING blog.

Some people wish they had a fishing kayak that would enable them to relax and take a short nap while kayak fishing.

What could be more relaxing and reinvigorating, and can anyone think of a better exercise for your back than stretching?
Well, now it’s all possible, in the new W500 Wavewalk kayak.