We know firsthand the joy of hitting the open road on your bike, but let's be real—spending hours hunched over the handlebars can lead to some serious back pain. Don’t let back pain ruin your ride! Chiropractic can help.
It's no secret that cycling’s a great way to keep in shape.
Cycling offers numerous health benefits. Not only does regular bike riding help you to improve your muscle strength, balance and heart health but it can be great for your mental health too.
However, those hours you spend crouched over your handlebars can take a toll on your back, often leading to lower back pain.
At Forward Chiropractic we regularly see cyclists with complaints of back pain after cycling.
Here we discuss the causes of back pain in cyclists and how chiropractic may help you prevent and treat it.
Back pain in cyclists can arise from many factors, including poor bike fit, poor posture, muscle imbalances, and overuse injuries.
Although sitting on your bike is generally much better for your body than sitting on your couch, the cycling position, with a forward-tipped pelvis and flexed spine, can strain the muscles and ligaments in your back. This prolonged flexed position can lead to muscular imbalances and tightness, particularly in your lower back and hip areas.
When the muscles in your lower back and hips get tight your glutes don’t function as well as they should. Tightness in some muscles, while others are weak can cause your spine to become misaligned.
Thankfully, you don’t have to let back pain get in the way of your ride. By addressing the underlying causes, you may overcome and prevent back pain, allowing you to get back to the joy of riding.
Bike Fit- The most common cause of back pain in cyclists is riding a bike that’s either too big, too small, or incorrectly fitted to their body. A professional bike fitting session can help adjust your bike's saddle height, handlebar position, and pedal alignment to suit your unique body shape.
When your bike is properly fitted, it can make a world of difference in preventing back pain and keeping you comfortable on your rides. Fortunately, Dr Anders our Chiropractor at Forward Chiropractic offers bike fitting sessions to help you get the right fit on your bike. Click here for prices and availability.
Core Strengthening and Flexibility - A strong core gives you stability and helps you maintain proper posture while you’re cycling. Additionally, flexibility plays a crucial role in preventing muscle tightness and maintaining an optimal range of motion.
Chiropractic care may help your back pain by focusing on both strengthening your core and improving your flexibility through personalised and targeted exercise advice. A chiropractor aims to help you create a solid foundation for better posture, reduced strain on your back, and improvements to your overall performance on the bike.
If you’re struggling with back pain because of cycling chiropractic care may help in several ways.
You already knew that racking up the kilometres or encountering a few too many bumps in the road can cause wear and tear on your bike. But here's something you may not have considered: those kilometres and bumps could also cause wear and tear on your body, like putting your spine out of alignment. Just like you'd take your bike in for a tune-up, chiropractic care could help you achieve optimal alignment for your body.
As cyclists ourselves, at Forward Chiropractic we understand the unique demands the sport puts on your body.
Don’t let pain dampen your enjoyment and hinder your performance on the bike.
Give the friendly team at Forward Chiropractic a call to book a chiropractic appointment.
*All information is general and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice.
Healthdirect. (2021). Cycling and your health. www.healthdirect.gov.au/cycling-and-your-health