Cycling with back pain – an interesting study

For those of you who enjoy cycling and experience back pain this recent bit of research will prove interesting. A study published in Manual Therapy in 2012 (by Van Hoof et al) found that cyclist who experienced chronic low back pain and whose symptoms were aggravated in flexed positions tended to sit in a significant degree of greater forward bend than those without back pain. Over a 2 hour cycle ride their back pain also progressively worsened.
This research is great as there are therefore a number of things that we can do to help. Firstly a physio can assess the cyclists to see if there are any areas of tightness that may restricting them when on the bike. Secondly the set up of the bike can be correctly adjusted to allow the cyclist to sit better and thirdly the physiotherapist can help retrain the cyclist to sit correctly.
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David O’Neil MManipTher BSc(hons) HCPC MCSP
Clinical Lead
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