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Pain and Injury

Old 06-08-14, 03:39 PM
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Pain and Injury

What are some common types of pain that keep you from riding?

Have you had to reduce the time and distance you can ride, or have you had to stop riding altogether because of pain?

What actions have you taken to deal with or recover from this pain?

I do therapeutic deep tissue/structural bodywork and was just wondering what issues are common among cyclists. Hypothetically, if felt that I was able to help you, through the process of the work that I do, and get you back to enjoying riding and life in general again without the pain, what would you be willing to pay for that on a per session basis?



Thank you for any info!



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Old 06-08-14, 08:48 PM
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Reducing pain and injury ...

1. Buy a bicycle that is the correct size or very close to it.

2. Set the bicycle up correctly. Your body and the bicycle are a machine. When they are not set up correctly, there is wear and tear on the parts. When they are set up correctly, there is comfort and efficiency.

3. Get a good saddle that is appropriate for you. You may need to try several different saddles to find the one that works for you. It should be wide enough to support your sitbones but not too wide that it causes friction. Some like saddles that are completely flat, others prefer saddles that curve up in the back.

4. Do core work. A strong core increases the amount of time you can spend on a bicycle comfortably.

5. Do upper body work. A strong upper body also increases the time you can spend on a bicycle comfortably. (I'm not talking about becoming muscle-bound, I'm just talking about some muscle tone)

6. Ride. The greater your fitness level and the more saddle time you have, the more comfortable you'll be on a bicycle over longer distances.


Cycling does not have to be painful.
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