Cycling Aches and Pains

Common Cycling Aches and Pains. Why and how we can help!

Cycling is a great way form of exercising, whether it be indoors or outdoors, cycling provides a form of exercise which is not over demanding upon your joints. 

Whether it is for their exercise fix or training for the next riding event or competition, cycling can when performed incorrectly can place a lot of stress and strain on the body due the repetitive nature of the sport. Over the last few weeks I have been seeing a lot of patients coming in after their first initial week of cycling. Whether it be lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder or even foot and ankle, these are all fair too common. These particular injuries are either generally due to overuse, loss of flexibility and core strength due to detraining. Things to look out and consider when riding include:

  • Do you feel like you are over-reaching for the pedals?
  • Do you always feel pain and discomfort in the same regions?   
  • At each stop/traffic lights do you feel you have to stretch? 
  • Do you feel you can not spend as much time in the drops as usual? 

These are the main tell-tail signs that your spine is not moving or functioning correctly. A full spinal and nervous system assessment would be the ideal way to improve joint mobility and function to maximise performance outcomes for both the recreational and competitive cyclists.

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