In an unexpected twist, multiple people reported passing kidney stones after riding Walt Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride. Intrigued by this phenomenon, a research team from Michigan State University decided to investigate the connection in 2016. The study’s results were surprising, revealing that roller coasters might actually help people pass kidney stones.
The researchers conducted tests using a model kidney to explore the effects of riding a roller coaster on kidney stones. They discovered a 64 percent kidney stone pass rate for those seated in the rear of the roller coaster, while the pass rate dropped to 16 percent for those seated in the front. According to the head researcher, the ideal coaster for passing kidney stones “is rough and quick with some twists and turns, but no upside-down or inverted movements.” And, as the data suggests, choosing a seat in the rear of the coaster could further increase your chances of success.
The idea behind this phenomenon is that the forces exerted on the body while riding a roller coaster can help shake the kidney stones loose. The rapid twists and turns can cause the stones to move through the urinary tract, ultimately leading to their passage. However, it is essential to remember that roller coaster rides are not a substitute for medical treatment, and anyone experiencing severe pain or complications from kidney stones should consult a healthcare professional.
While this unconventional remedy may not work for everyone, it offers an interesting insight into how everyday activities could potentially influence our health. So, if you’re struggling with kidney stones and seeking an adventurous treatment approach, consider riding on a thrilling roller coaster – and remember to grab that rear seat for the best results.
Mitchell, M. A., Wartinger, D. D. (2016). Validation of a Functional Pyelocalyceal Renal Model for the Evaluation of Renal Calculi Passage While Riding a Roller Coaster. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 116(10), 647-652. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.2016.128
American Osteopathic Association. (2016, September 26). Got Kidney Stones? Ride a Roller Coaster. Retrieved from https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/got-kidney-stones-ride-a-roller-coaster-300333512.html