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Chiropractic and Cycling – A Patient’s View

One of the first things we all learn as a child is to ride a bike – right? Cycling has so many great benefits including reducing the risks of a number of serious illnesses such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and strokes. It can also boost your mood, improving the symptoms of some mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety. As well as being great for the human body, it is a cost-effective mode of transport and great for the environment! Whilst cycling is a form of low-impact exercise, meaning it’s easier on your joints compared to high-impact aerobic activities, like any sport, cycling doesn’t come without risks. 

One of our lovely patient’s and cycling enthusiast, Nick, has just completed the 135 mile Dragon Ride for Macmillan Cancer Support where he has already raised an amazing £970, check out his story on his JustGiving page here:  Nicholas Williams is fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support (justgiving.com). He has kindly agreed to give you all an insight into his journey with cycling and chiropractic care.

How did you get into cycling?

I got into cycling like most kids of my generation, at a very early age, probably 3 or 4 years old. We cycled everywhere, and by the age of 9, I was cycling 3 miles to school and back. Kids didn’t get a lift with their parents, and only got the bus if you lived further than 3 miles away at Secondary school.

How long have you been cycling, as a hobby, for?

After a short break from cycling when getting a motorbike, I decided to get a bike for fitness after I tried running but it hurt my knees! I then got into racing and did that up until a few years ago. I now ride long, steady miles and have just completed a 135 mile ride in South Wales for Macmillan Cancer.

Have you had any cycling related injuries and if so, what?

My only injuries through cycling have been self inflicted through coming off. I suffered a slipped disc through work, (heavy lifting with bad posture!) and suffered with it for years. I found going to the doctor was a waste of time with just pain killers prescribed and rest suggested. They never diagnosed a slipped disc, I only found that out when I went to a Chiropractor.

How important is having the right posture on your bike?

When riding long distances (I am talking in the saddle for 10 hours plus) correct posture is vital. My riding position is more upright than aero and I try to stretch while riding. The saddle is of course very important, and  padded cycling shorts too! It has taken me many years to find the right kit, and it isn’t always the most expensive!  

How long have you been having chiropractic care for?

I have been having treatment now for probably 10 years. After some very regular treatment with Liz, I now only need treatment occasionally, just to keep me straight.  If ever I feel a problem, I don’t wait, I get an appointment straight away and get it sorted.

How important is chiropractic care in cycling?

Keeping your back healthy is very important for cycling as you can be in the same position for hours!

Struggling with a cycling injury or looking for some preventative care? Click here to get booked in with one of our amazing practitioners and start your health journey!

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