The basis of a bike fitting assessment at Sport & Spinal Physiotherapy is to establish a position which enables you to cycle for a long time and frequently, whilst minimising the risk for injury. A large body of research indicates that bike set-up and pedaling technique can both significantly improve cycling performance and minimise the risk of repetitive strain injuries. A bike fit by a physiotherapist is optimal – we can fit your body to the bike as much as the bike to your body!
Wanting a longer bike ride, now that winter is over? Unfortunately spring here in Australia means we move straight into magpie season! It’s not the best time for cyclists. However there are a few big events coming up and it’s time to start some serious training.
If you are anything like me, you have been doing shorter rides (maybe indoors on the trainer) over winter to stay out of the cold. Now it is time to start putting in some longer sessions to get ready for Fitz’s, Le Tape, Peaks Challenge or some other suffer fest that will occur over summer.
There are some simple tips to making this transition from short rides to long rides more comfortable. [Read more…]
Headaches and migraines are a serious burden for many people. I’ve had many occasions where I’m treating someone in the clinic for a completely different injury and they mention that they get frequent headaches. After asking a few questions we often have enough information to say “did you know that we can probably fix it?”. We’ve covered headaches and migraines before here. [Read more…]
You may have been recently diagnosed with a hip joint impingement or hip joint capsular restriction or even femoroacetabular impingement. Thankfully, they’re all pretty much the same thing. In this article we’ll look at this impingement from a practical perspective and what you can do to improve it.
As a general rule you’re probably suffering from some sort of hip pain, otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this! Funnily enough, most people with this problem come in to the clinic complaining of groin pain.
You may think of your hips as the bony bit on the outer point of their pelvis, however this is just the outer extremity of the femur (thigh bone). The hip joint itself is far deeper and can cause pain in the groin or buttock.
Occasionally, people can get referred pain into the thigh or knee. [Read more…]
Are you looking to prevent snowboarding injuries this winter season? In previous years I’ve written articles about preventing skiing injuries. You can find them here and here . This time I’ll focus on the snowboarders. More specifically the benefit of protective devices for injury prevention.
There are still some similarities with preventing ski injuries. Most people don’t live the endless winter. As a result, you probably go many months at a time without snowboarding, then hard at it for a few days or few weeks. [Read more…]