Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy

Cycling, like every sport, places unique physical demands on your body, and there is no better way to understand these factors than by immersing yourself in the sport, as I have done for the last 20 years.

Before I even enrolled in Physiotherapy training I dreamed of working with cyclists and I created Cycling Physiotherapy Centre to make that dream a reality, combining my cycling background with over 10 years of clinical experience in leading physiotherapy practices.

I utilise a range of therapeutic techniques to prevent and treat injuries, and to optimise physical function and performance, and depending on the issues that are identified your treatment may require a combination of the listed therapies.

So if you want to see an experienced therapist that also understands you when you talk about cleats and cadence, compact cranks and commissaires, Q-Rings and Q angles, then I can help you.

Massage

Massage - Cycling Injury Prevention and Treatment

Professional cyclists benefit from a daily massage during a race, and it is an essential therapeutic technique to both prevent and treat injuries by releasing muscle and joint stiffness, as well as to promote healing and recovery through stimulation of blood and lymphatic flow. These same benefits can be experienced by cyclists of all ages and abilities, and depending upon what issue you require treatment for, the massage that I provide ranges from gentle relaxation techniques through to very deep trigger point and myofascial release techniques.

Joint Mobilisation

Joint Mobilisation - Restore Mobility and Alignment

The sustained forward posture required whilst cycling often leads to the development of joint stiffness in the upper back, neck and hips, especially when you are adapting to a different riding position or bike, or you have increased your training volume. Joint Mobilisation restores the natural mobility and alignment of your spine and joints, relieving discomfort and enabling you to ride with a more optimal posture.

Dry Needling

Dry Needling - Trigger Point Release - Pain Relief

Dry Needling relieves the pain, weakness and restricted movement caused by muscle tension that has developed from physical and neural stressors such as vigorous training or postural asymmetry. Dry needling involves the insertion of fine-filament acupuncture needles into a region of abnormal muscle tightness and is especially effective in the treatment of muscle pain that is experienced as a deep dull ache, often spreading to adjacent regions of the body. Of course, if you are not comfortable with the therapeutic use of needles there are always alternative treatments available.

Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS)

Electrical-Muscle-Stimulation-Compex

Compex portable EMS units are used by a number of professional cyclists including Mark Cavendish and Tony Martin, and have been clinically proven to reduce pain, increase muscle size and strength, and enhance recovery after vigorous training or competition. EMS replicates the electrical signals sent by the nervous system to your muscles and can enhance athletic performance and physical fitness over and above what is achievable by conventional training methods alone.

Core Stability & Flexibility Programs

Flexibility & Stretching Programs

Cycling is a time-intensive sport and most cyclists that I treat prioritise time on the bike over ‘cross-training’ such as core stability or flexibility exercises. However,  there are very real benefits that can be achieved from a personalised off-bike exercise program, ensuring that you have the mobility to sustain an optimal riding position as well as the stability to act as a foundation for effective power production and fatigue resistance.