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How can complimentary therapies help with Cyclists Back Pain?

How can complimentary therapies help with Cyclists Back Pain?

Back pain is one of biggest cause of medical care in the world.  Over 70% of the population will suffer with back pain at some point in their lives, and this obviously includes cyclists.  The biggest sufferers are those who have a sedentary job, sitting at a desk all week then going for a long cycle ride at the weekend, this does not give the back time away from the flexed posture it needs, thus muscles start to shorten and seize up causing tissue damage and pain. 

How to Ease the Pain

First of all, make sure your bike is the right fit for you.  This might sound obvious, but having to reach for the pedals or handlebars will put extra strain on your body before you start. The minor tweaks that a professional bike fit can make an enormous difference to your ride and any subsequent aches and pains. Cyclists need good core strength which generates power and controls the movement of the bike.  If you are lacking in your core strength you will suffer fatigue and back strain much sooner than someone with a stronger core.  Strengthening can be achieved by the right exercise/treatment plan, personally devised for you by one of our practitioners here at the Maris Practice.  This can include Osteopathy, The Alexander Technique and pilates.  As the riding motion is quite linear attention needs to be paid to the muscles that cause side-to-side functions, redressing the imbalance cycling causes in the different muscles throughout the body. 

Move About More

Many of us have busy jobs, but just a few changes will help tremendously.  Try not to sit in the same position for more than half an hour without getting up and going somewhere, even if it is just to the bathroom or to get a drink of water.  Make sure your chair is the right height for your desk, or try standing to make a phone call instead of sitting. 

A few lifestyle changes and a personalised strengthening programme should help the back pain and make your bike rides more enjoyable.  

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