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Cycling Injuries

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Common Cycling Injuries

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.

Cycling injuries

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Osteopathy, helping cyclist.

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Cyclist and osteopathy

Cyclists, a lot of people use cycling as a means of exercise and not just a means of transport.

  • There are approximately 1.5 million cyclists over the age of 18 in Great Britain who cycle every day or nearly every day.
  • In 2014, 183,423 employees took part in the Government’s ‘Cycle to Work Scheme’. That was a new record.
  • According to the National Travel Survey, about 7% of the population aged 5+ cycled three or more times a week in 2016.
  • (Facts and figures from We Are Cycling UK)
  • This blog is going to discuss and address how osteopathy could help with cyclist injuries and performance. But first, let’s discuss how and why cyclists get injured:

 

Osteopathy Helping Cyclists

Osteopathy Helping Cyclists

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Osteopathy and the older generation

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How osteopathy can help the older generation

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:

Age-related changes
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.

How Osteopathy can help with the older generation?

Osteopathy and the older generation

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Common Shoulder Injuries

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Shoulder Injuries

Shoulder injuries are common and mostly caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, overhead motion, such as swimming, tennis, pitching, and weightlifting. However, they can also occur due to everyday activities such gardening and hanging curtains.

How do you know you have shoulder injuries? The most obvious sign is pain. Just like any other injury, if you are experiencing pain in shoulder you should consider the fact that you may have a shoulder injury. While pain can be a hallmark of shoulder injury, there are instances where injury is present without pain, particularly in chronic cases. Other signs and symptoms of shoulder injury include, but not limited to:

  • Stiffness. Is your shoulder stiff? Can you rotate your arm in all the normal positions?
  • Laxity. Does it feel like your shoulder could pop out or slide out of the socket?
  • Weakness. Do you lack the strength in your shoulder to carry out your daily activities?
  • Persistent tingling or numbness in your upper limb

 

Common Shoulder Injuries

Common Shoulder Injuries

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What causes buttock pain?

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Is buttock pain caused by Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome?

Buttock pain can be very debilitating. Often it relates to either Sciatica or Piriformis Syndrome.

While both relate to the sciatic nerve there are key differences between them.

Sciatica is a catchall term that refers to symptoms of pain, tingling, numbness, and/or weakness that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve.

This path runs from your lower back through your hips and buttocks and down the back of your leg. It typically affects only one side.

 

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Knee injuries, the different ways you can suffer

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Type of Knee Injuries

Knee injuries can stop you in your tracks. The human knee, like other joints, is a complex structure that does such an amazing and complex job so well that we can often take for granted the job it does.

Just imagine walking or running with your knees, or sitting, or getting out of bed in the morning, or many other things we love to do like cycling or dancing. The knee is made up of cartilages, bones, ligaments, tendons and muscles, fluid and other tissues all arranged in alignment to give the complex movement and activities that it produces.

 

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What is Fibromyalgia (FM)?

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How can massage help with fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition. It can affect the whole body, especially causing pain to the muscles and skeleton.

It is often accompanied by other functional symptoms such as fatigue, sleep, memory and mood issues. Although the cause is unknown, there is some agreement on three main factors that come together to trigger it. These are genetics, trauma (Physical or Emotional), and infections.

Researchers have come to believe that fibromyalgia results from repeated nerve stimulation. This causes the brain to have abnormally high levels of certain signalling chemicals (neurotransmitters).

This, coupled with the memory and increased sensitivity that the brain’s pain receptors can cause, lead to a higher and longer reaction to pain signals.

The main risk factors for fibromyalgia are female gender (more women than men are affected).

Having a family history of the condition or rheumatoid arthritis also pose a threat.

 

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How The Body Processes Pain – the underlying biology

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What do we know about pain?

Firstly, why do we feel pain? The simple answer is: To Protect You!

We could just end this article right there, put a big ‘full stop’ and all go home. That would give an answer to the question but it would still leave us scratching our heads and still asking, ‘but why do we feel pain and how does the body process it?’

Ultimately, your body tells you that you are in pain because it is telling you that something is wrong, and you need to do something about it.

What is wrong? You have been exposed to a dangerous stimulus, for example fire, a damage has occurred for example a broken bone or an injured or stressed muscle.

You can think of how the body processes pain as a cycle of Stimulation; Transmission; Recognition and Localisation; and Awareness.

How The Body Processes Pain

Lower back, neck, shoulder and knee pain

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