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8 years 8 months ago #20599 by jonny250
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I have an Epic V8 and have been out about a dozen times now - totally novice ski paddler but i have been surfing a waveski for years.
I have an issue with getting numb legs after about 30 minutes; i've read the threads on here about sit-bones and nerves and seat padding and have fitted a kayak type seat pad, here's the link:
www.kirtonkayaks.co.uk/home/index.php/sh...op-seat/110-seat-pad

but i still get numb legs. maybe the seat isnt exactly right.
I would be grateful if anyone can offer any other wisdom/experience on what i can try. at the moment i have to stop and hang my legs over the side every 30/20/10 minutes to keep my legs from sleeping...
Thanks.

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8 years 8 months ago #20620 by Ole
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Hi Jonny250,

I often clamped a nerve when paddling and had awful pain through the left leg, I changed the leg length (experimented to find the right spot) and the pain is gone. It's not the optimal length now but I get used to it and rather paddle with fun then with pain.

Maybe worth a try.

Ole

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8 years 8 months ago #20622 by jonny250
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thanks Ole, i hadn't thought of adjusting the leg length; i will give that a try...

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8 years 8 months ago #20624 by akirker
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More bent legs got rid of it for me
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8 years 8 months ago - 8 years 8 months ago #20626 by Davidw
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The first time I gave paddling a try I gave up after a few months because of constant dead legs. But I was given a piece of advice then which I never tried at the time, because I was sceptical, but came back to when I tried again and had the same problem. I use it now on all boats I paddle as it works so well.

It simply involves glueing a strip of closed cell foam down the middle of your seat. Use a piece about 20cm long, 6cm wide and about 1cm thick. Fix it so the length of the foam is aligned with the length of the ski (so that it lifts and separates your butt cheeks) feels a little odd at first but you quickly get used to it and I no longer notice it.

Worth a try. Costs next to nothing. I used a piece of the self adhesive foam that you by at the hardware store. Once I was sure i had it in the right position I contact glued it in.
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8 years 8 months ago #20627 by Davidw
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Forgot to say that it works when glued to the hull or on top of a butt pad.

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8 years 8 months ago #20630 by Kayaker Greg
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You got it, think like a bicycle seat and take the weight of the sit bones, all my seats are designed to spread the load, just did 5hours 45mins today in the Swordfish, no sore but or numb legs what so ever.
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8 years 8 months ago #20633 by jonny250
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Thanks guys, i will shorten the footplate length and will look again at my seat arrangement...

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8 years 8 months ago #20948 by jonny250
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Well i managed to get out yesterday and managed 12 miles without any numbness :) Happy days!
I added the strip of foam down the centre of the seat + an extra layer of foam and its worked.
Thanks for the advice!

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8 years 8 months ago #20978 by photofr
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I find that raising the seat (just add foam under your butt) can immediately fix the problem.

Shorter legs greatly help too - and promote pushing with legs.

BUT… try this too:
For 5 days, do not even bend your elbows while paddling. This will force torso / hips movement. Now work your heels to push with the right leg when paddling on your right, and vice-versa. Since your legs will work, circulation will also be encouraged.

This usually happens when we turn 40+++++++ LOL

PS. Resume normal paddling technique later, but still continue to always use your hips / legs

Ludovic
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8 years 7 months ago - 8 years 7 months ago #21028 by Selkie
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Hi Jonny

As you know, I doing some long distance training paddles in prep for the Alderney crossing. I never noticed any pain until I pushed pretty hard for 30 miles and had another 35 miles to go in considerable pain. This is often sciatic nerve problem. You have already had some good advice on here. Never heard of the foam strip down the middle, I might try that too.

Here are some links on the condition and ways to improve it through exercises.

www.ebtc.ie/painful-numb-legs-when-kayaking-2-exercises/




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8 years 7 months ago #21056 by jonny250
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Thanks for the suggestions on the exercises Ian. i have 5 lower back vertibrae bolted together so am a bit wary of some of those stretches, but i can see the idea. I'm trying hard to work on the leg push whilst paddling as has been suggested, hopefully that will also help.
I had a couple of requests for info on my seat now, so here are some pictures. The central foam piece is about 40mm wide and the blue foam is just camping mat foam. i used double sided carpet tape to fix it and its pretty solid!
The seat itself is from Kirton Kayaks.
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8 years 7 months ago #21057 by Selkie
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Thanks Jonny. I will try something similar. As I said, I noticed never had a problem until pushing hard non stop for 30 to 40 miles. I think I must have a sciatica problem. Mind you, I think our planned min of 18 hours crossing well test the sitting position of anyone.

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