The start of another new year ‘Happy New Year ’, and I am looking forward to many new adventures with Lushington Chiropractic. First venture this year will be the London to Paris bike ride on the 31st May.
It is the very first time the guys and girls have entered this epic bike ride, and as you can imagine we have allot of hype around the clinic for this.
There are certainly some very fit and healthy people looking to take on this ride. Unfortunately, as much as I would love to join the team here for the ride, I am not a very good cyclist. I enjoy a leisurely bike ride, emphasis on leisurely! However I have trouble with cycling in a straight line, going around corners, and don’t have a great relationship with hills and my bike; I find the best way up is walking!
I have great admiration for all those who have already taken part in this fantastic ride and for the team and guests here entering this year.
With much chat on health and getting prepared for the training needed for this ride, it’s a great time to look at how chiropractic as a natural performance enhancer may aid with your health and fitness.
I came across the information below, which has some interesting facts on cycling and chiropractic.
Hope you enjoy
Why is Cycling good for you?
Physical activity serves as a regulator to relieve the stress that is common in current lifestyles. It produces the balance between exertion and relaxation which is so important for the body’s inner equilibrium. Cycling is especially ideal for this process, countering stress in two ways: by satisfying the need for activity where people lack movement or exercise; and by balancing out increased strain, particularly mental and emotional. A few kilometres of cycling per day assure trimmer and toned muscles. This is because your upper thigh muscles, backside and calf muscles all get exercised by the pedalling motion.
Can Chiropractic help to improve cycling performance?
The very first bicycle was invented in China around about 2300 BC. The very first bicycle injury probably happened that very same day. Bicycling is one of the most popular recreational sports. However, it can be associated with fractures, strains and sprains, contusions and non-traumatic overuse injuries. Many injuries are preventable given proper positioning on the bike and an accurate understanding of the biomechanics of cycling. Bicycle-related spine pain has probably been underreported. The incidence of spine pain in long distance cyclists varies from 17% to 70% in various studies. Spinal muscular strains and ligamentous sprains cause the majority of bicycle-related back pain.
The review of the current research suggests that Chiropractic collectively documents statistically significant improvements in range of motion. This is a necessary attribute of a health bicyclist at any performance level.
Other studies have documented statistically significant increases or improvements in the general health following or during Chiropractic care.
Chiropractic, Athletes and Performance Enhancing
The benefits of chiropractic can be a natural performance enhancer and the 2012 London Olympics saw a growing number of athletes turning to their own performance enhancement by utilising Chiropractic care. Including the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt. The role that the Sports Chiropractor plays in the athletic arena is significant; this role is very distinct and different from that of a qualified sports medicine doctor, the athletic trainer, the massage therapist or the physiotherapist. By this we are not meaning that one role is greater or lesser than the other. But rather, with the integration of these practitioners in their training regimen, the athlete will be able to perform optimally at a higher level.
We would love you to join us for the ride, please give us a ring or email if you are interested.
Our Chiropractors are also happy to answer any questions you may have on how chiropractic may help you to lead a healthier and happy life.
This article was written by chiropractor James Revell
Spine in Sports 2005, Pages 113-134
By James Revell
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