16 Jun 2015 by Witney Chiropractic Clinic cycling back pain
The summer is a great time of year to get outside and get active. One of the most popular methods of exercising in the summer months has got to be cycling. The number of cyclists is rapidly growing and the summer sees the peak number of people on their bikes. As a busy WitneyChiropractor I am very happy about this.
Because it is National Bike Week, we feel the need to share some advice on taking care of your back whilst cycling.
What is National Bike Week?
National Bike week is all about the promotion of getting on your bike. The official website explains a bit further;
“Bike Week is an annual opportunity to promote cycling, and show how cycling can easily be part of everyday life by encouraging ‘everyday cycling for everyone’. Demonstrating the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling, the week aims to get people to give cycling a go all over the UK, whether this be for fun, as a means of getting around to work or school, the local shops or just to visit friends.”
The particular focus this year is to encourage people to cycle to and from work and as a leading Witney chiropractor we are very happy about this. Cycling to work is a great to get additional exercise in your life and can really make a big difference.
How to keep your back safe on your bike
Whilst cycling to work is great for your health it is our duty as chiropractors to advise you about your back. Cycling can have some negative effects on the health of your back and as a busy Witney chiropractor I want to help you keep on cycling and enjoying a pain free existence by looking after your back. This can be done by;
Strengthening your torso/core – This is so you can support the top half of your body whilst your powerful legs are pumping away. It won’t happen off the bike, you will need to do exercises to strengthen.
Get your riding position correct – Make sure you follow the guidelines here
Ease in to it – Don’t start cycling extremely long distances out of nowhere as your body just won’t be ready for it. Ease in, don’t overdo it at the start and build your strength up slowly.
Ride with unlocked elbows and a relaxed stance
Give yourself plenty of rest after a crash; allow your body time to recover
Keep hydrated – As always hydration will keep your body in good working order and help you stay active.
If you are a keen cyclist but keep experiencing pains in please pop in for a consultation. We would love to help you out.
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