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Chiropractic Considerations for the Eager Cyclist

Chiropractic Considerations for the Eager Cyclist

By Sara Butler

One of the best things about living in Madison is all of the awesome outdoor activities available all year round. Madison is especially proud of its offerings to bikers. There are more than 200 miles of biking trails to keep cyclists of all levels happy while staying healthy. If you're an avid cyclist there are some chiropractic considerations you should keep in mind in order to keep your favorite activity from causing you aches and pains or leading you to injury.

Chiropractic Care is Preventative Care

Cyclists, even those not of Tour de France level, are susceptible to overuse injuries. Bikers also tend to suffer from shoulder and neck pain from cycling. Your chiropractor wants you to know that pain is not an unavoidable consequence of biking. You can enjoy your sports pain-free by seeing your chiropractor for assessments and preventative care such as spinal manipulations to keep you on the road (or trail). Remember, chiropractic care is well care – even if you don't feel injured doesn't mean you won't get there. Nip overuse injuries in the bud by seeing your chiropractor regularly.

Cycling Tips from your Chiropractor

Aside from seeing your chiropractor regularly, you should also keep in mind these valuable cycling tips:

  1. Buy a proper bike - If you are a casual biker you will be best served by a mountain bike with high handlebars. The higher the handlebars the easier it is to keep your spine straight, plus the thicker tires help absorb some of the shock rather than your body absorbing it.
  2. Know proper biking form - Your chest should be up, your arms should only support some of your weight – you shouldn't hunch or expect your arms to carry a lot of the load.
  3. Shock absorption for your seat and handlebars - Get a shock absorbing seat or seat cover as well as covers for your handlebars. These little things will help to take stress off of your spine.
  4. Don't strain your neck by tensing up - You should aim for your muscles in your shoulders and neck to stay loose and periodically lower your head or raise it in order to help avoid injury.
  5. Use professional resources - If you're a new biker, find a biking professional to help you set your bike up right. There are many bike shops in Madison that can help you.

If you're a biking enthusiast in Madison, Wisconsin, you need to come in and see a chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic todayfor an assessment. They can help you to avoid injury and keep you healthy on Madison's many bike trails.

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