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Cycling Physiotherapy

Cycling physiotherapy

Cycling physiotherapy

Cycling physiotherapy

Cycling has been one of the most popular and growing sports in recent years. Often touted as a great all rounded sport for its low impact characteristics cycling does however have its fair share of potential issues. This is where cycling physiotherapy comes in and can keep you functioning at your highest level.

The growing success of British riders in the Tour de France, Olympics and many other tournaments means that its profile has been growing tremendously. Unless you are a member of a club or have been been given professional guidance, incorrect riding styles will cause many injuries.

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Common cycling injuries

Due to poor positioning, stress can be present through the spine from top to bottom even though it’s a non weight bearing activity. The angle of the lower back and thoracic spine can create problems. These can be caused from being curved over coupled with having to lift up your neck as you look ahead. Poor bike set up and drop bars can contribute greatly to these back pain issues

Muscle imbalances can occur such as over use/ poor use of the power muscles such as your quads and hip flexors. In general we all lack posterior muscle strength as all effort is through the front of body. This is very similar to being sat at desk all day.

The repetitive nature of the sport can also cause overuse use issues. These can occur, for example in your knees. Hand numbness can also occur due to pressure through the bars on the hands over an extended period of time.

We have all seen how devastating a fall or crash can be especially when travelling at speed. Those who use cleats for the first time can also be at risk of accidents until they are proficient with their use.

Prevention of cycling injuries

With all sports we always recommend a thorough warm up. As we have discussed poor bike set up can contribute a great deal to injuries so getting this right will dramatically improve both your comfort and performance. A muscle balance assessment and strength and conditioning program should also help prevent issues arising.

Treatment of cycling injuries

Due to the wide range of issues that you can face it is no surprise that there are equally a wide range of treatments. These are all designed to deal with the initial pain and concerns. This is followed by rehabilitation and a return to fitness.

Pain relief may come in the form of acupuncture. Generally we will prescribe plenty of hands on physiotherapy in conjunction with sports massage. It is very important to work through a strength and conditioning rehabilitation program. This should also be followed by personal training with sports injury management which will correct any muscle imbalances. This will lower the risk of recurrence.

Below is the list of treatments we use with cycling physiotherapy:

  • How to find us

    We are located just outside the town centre at Ebley Wharf, on the ground floor of the Stroud District Council building. Follow the A419 to the Cainscross roundabout and then take Westward Road (B4008). Turn left to Ebley Wharf.

  • Opening times

    Monday to Friday
    8.30am – 7.30pm

    Saturday
    8.30am – 12.30pm

  • Stroud Clinic

    Ebley Mill
    Ebley Wharf
    Stroud Glos
    GL5 4UB

    Tel: 01453 755948
    Email: mail@physiofive.co.uk

  • Gloucester Clinic

    Riverside Sports & Leisure Club
    St Oswald’s Road
    Gloucester
    GL1 2TF

    Tel: 01453 755948
    Email: mail@physiofive.co.uk