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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

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  • Stiff Thoracic Spine

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  • Shoulder Blade Pain

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  • Clicking ankles or feet

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  • Knee Braces

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  • Cervical disc injury

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  • Stretching

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  • Train deep core muscles

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  • Resisted Static Hip Flexion in Sitting

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  • Correct your neck posture

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  • Shoulder exercises

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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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