A friend recently asked me why she had knee pain whilst cycling, and if chiropractic could help. Here's the answer.
Whilst cycling, your lower limbs depend on smooth, equal movement of both sides. The driving strength and force comes from the thighs and buttocks (gluteals, quadriceps, hamstrings) as well as calf muscles, and ideally requires symmetrical flexion and rotation through the hips and pelvic joints. If your low back, or one/both of your pelvic (sacroiliac joints) is stiff or restricted, essentially you become slightly misaligned. And here begins an off balance, non symmetrical pattern of movement which affects the driving muscles and forces transmitted further down the kinetic chain, particularly the knee. Of course there are a number of muscles that can be affected, but a chiropractor will look first to the source of the problem i.e. your lower back and sacroiliac/pelvic joints. Adjustments in these areas, as well as some soft tissue therapy/massage to the tender areas can get you cycling straight again. So yes, chiropractic can help!
p.s. It's also really important to make sure your position and seat are correct, what might seem comfortable short distance could feel different going the extra few miles.
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