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Cycling

A huge number of our patients cycle either competitively or as a means of transport, we have Physiotherapists and Osteopaths that are specialists in cycling.

We provide cycling assessments so that, whether you are competing in the Etape or simply cycling to work, we know how to tweak body position and bike set up to enable recovery and improve performance.

If you have an injury you need to see an experienced Physiotherapist who will get you back on your bike ASAP.

 

Apart from those resulting from a fall, cycling injuries are normally as a result of:

  1. Incorrect body positioning or posture on the bike
  2. Inefficiencies in cycling technique
  3. Incorrect bike set up
  4. Weaknesses or imbalances in the muscles that enable good biking technique
  5. Stiffness in joints or soft tissues that prevent good bike technique
  6. A combination of the above

 

Common cycling injuries include the following.

  1. Pain at the front of the knee anterior knee pain which can be caused by:
    1. Patello-femoral joint syndrome.
    2. Fat pad irritation.
    3. Patella tendinopathy.
  2. Pain at the side of the knee could be ITB friction syndrome.
  3. Pain in the neck or upper back could be caused by incorrect neck posture.
  4. Back pain, sometimes radiating into the legs could be a number of different conditions.
  5. Hip pain

Remember, it is important to have your pain fully assessed and treated by a Physiotherapist or Osteopath to prevent further damage occurring.

 

Please see below for tips on cycle set up and body positioning 

 

    Common Injuries

  • Clicking Knees

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  • Hip Clicking

    Clicking or crunching in the hip can be caused by a number of things. Most people fear that the clicking is caused by bone hitting bone. However, thankfully nowadays this is rare. If you have this, it is likely that for many years you have been suffering severe pain and...

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  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

    This is often painful through the middle of the range of movement as you take your arm out to the side and then up to above your head. Try this test – stop as soon as you feel pain: stand with your arms out in front of you as if...

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  • Clicking Neck

    Clicking or crunching in the neck can be caused by a number of things. Most people fear that the clicking is caused by bone hitting bone. However, thankfully nowadays this is rare. If you have this it is likely that for many years you have been suffering severe pain and...

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  • Neck Pain/Tightness

    Mild neck pain and/or tightness that comes on slowly is commonly due to the upper back rounding forwards and the chin pointing forwards and upwards, which increases muscle and nerve tension and may cause pins and needles or pain in the arms and hands. Sometimes, breathing becomes restricted due to...

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  • Patella Tendinopathy (pain front of knee below knee cap)

    Please read how the knee works before reading the following. It can occur in any propulsive, impact based sports or as a result of a change in loading to the tendon. The patella (knee cap) tendon extends from the bottom of the knee cap and inserts into the tibial tuberosity...

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  • ITB and TFL release

    Please click here to read how the knee works before reading the following.

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  • Resisted Static Hip Flexion in Sitting

    [sg_popup id="1" event="onload"][/sg_popup]   Hip flexor muscle exercise and tendon loading can be brilliant for hip flexor tendon pain but must only be done under the guidance of your Physiotherapist. Please email reception@octopusclinic.com to book now. https://youtu.be/f9wYTHV2g7s

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  • Foot and ankle exercises

    There are a variety of exercises that are great for your feet and ankles including: 1) Foot self-massage exercise 2) Eccentric calf strengthening 3) Foot muscles strengthening 4) Concentric calf strength and ankle instability exercise

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  • How to find pelvic neutral

    Please click here to learn how the back works before reading the following. Do not do the following if you have any back pain- you must see a Physiotherapist or Osteopath for a full assessment, diagnosis and guidance through the exercise. Please click on the link to learn how to...

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  • Shoulder exercises

    There are a variety of exercises that are great for your shoulders including: 1) Train shoulder posture 2) Train your scapular stabilizers 3) Train serratus anterior muscle 4) Stretch the lats (latissimus dorsi) muscles 5) Train the rotator cuff muscles

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  • Breathing and relaxation training

    Many spinal, hip and shoulder problems can be helped by retraining breathing habits and releasing the structures involved in breathing, such as the diaphragm and thoracic spine.

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