When you need help with back pain you want to be confident it will work. Worryingly, back pain is now a real problem among the general public. And it is a major reason why people take time off work.
Understandably, however, you’ll be most concerned about how to treat your individual case. Nevertheless, the scale of the problems means there are a number of scam treatments out there. And we are keen to separate the wheat from the chaff.
If you are a seasoned cyclist or just someone who just enjoys cycling to work, it doesn’t matter, there will be something of value in this blog for you.
The blog explains some of the most common muscle and joint injuries associated with cycling. Especially the type of injuries that aren’t related to crashes, collisions or falls. It will outline what to do when you have an injury, it will explain when you need to seek help, and it will help you with injury prevention.
There are potentially many different causes of injury. It can be down to lack of experience or environmental hazards; it can also be down to rider errors, lack of self-care, overuse, or inadequate equipment.
The older generation – “It’s just your age!” – heard that one before?
We understand that as part of the natural aging process the body can undergo many changes and adaptations. However, this does not mean that you should suffer with muscle or joint pain.
Ineffective pain management can have a significant impact on the quality of life of the older generation, leading to depression, social isolation, and a loss of function (3). Therefore, we need to take action!
First of all, let’s look at a couple of age-related changes that can happen to the body:
Arthritic changes can occur in the joints of the body. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis – eight million people affected in the UK (6). This type of arthritis affects the smooth cartilage of the joints and can lead to stiffness and pain, the muscles and tendons have to work harder to achieve the movement. In severe cases a lack of cartilage leading to bone rubbing on bone and subsequently to joint deformity.
“What is an osteopath?” this is a question my clients, and members of the public, ask on a regular basis.
Osteopathy is “a system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions”. It works with the structure and function of the body.
The well-being of an individual is crucial in Osteopathy. The muscles, ligaments and connective tissue need to function as a unit.
One of the main concepts is that the body’s structure governs its function. This means that if your body has had an injury, repetitive strain, or overuse it will have an adverse effect on how your body performs.
Therefore, an osteopath looks at the body, sees how it currently performs, and aims, through various means, to restore and improve overall and specific functions.