Bethesda Physical Therapists Can Help
Competitive and Recreational Cyclists
With Their Pain
Cyclists – competitive and recreational – may experience numbness in their hands and arms, tightness in the neck and a burning sensation along the shoulders. While the symptoms are easy to disregard initially, they’ll come back over and over, eventually becoming bothersome both in terms of training and enjoyment.
Another common ailment cyclists suffer from is lower and upper back problems. But, it doesn’t have to be like this. A physical therapist can address these issues, using methods that can prevent injuries and speed up cyclists’ efficiency, strength and speed. A well-trained physical therapist can help cyclists during rehabilitation, preventing, treating and maintaining of their well-being.
How Physical Therapists Can Help Cyclists
Cyclists can take advantage of the unique skills physical therapists have to offer, which goes along with their knowledge of the musculoskeletal system. It’s important that physical therapists have both the general and specific skills to ensure successful treatments are carried out. After all, the muscles, the joints and the nerves are all connected. If these three issues are not dealt with, the symptoms are likely to continue with no relief from the pain.
Physical therapists that focus their attention in sports medicine are going to give cyclists the benefits they need. They’ll also work with other professionals – sports trainers, for example – to address a cyclist’s needs.
Cyclists’ problems and the solutions that are offered tend to be multi-dimensional; a combination of the following:
- Deep tissue massage
- Joint mobilization
For instance, a physical therapist may determine that a cyclist’s low back pain in the result of a hip rotation. Mobilizing the sacroiliac joints can help but strengthening exercises and stretching can be used to deal with the muscle tightness and weakness that affect the joints of the hip. Strengthening exercises help to stabilize the joint; stretching helps to lengthen the muscle. Both of which prevents them from contracting when they’re stressed.
It’s important that people do everything they can to help in their recovery process from cycling pain or injuries. While a physical therapist can get things moving, relief can’t be fully seen until you do strengthening and stretching exercises on your own.
Another thing a physical therapist that focuses their attention on sports medicine can assist you with is getting a bicycle that fits your frame. This ensures you reduce the strain on your body. After all, bicycle size, seat placement, cycling posture and handlebar height will have a tremendous impact on the body’s stress and performance. For more information about physical therapy visit Bethesda Metro Physical Therapy.
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