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Chiropractic, Cycling and Performance Enhancement

With all the hype surrounding Lance Armstraong of late we thought in this month's edition  of the paper clinic newsletter to write about, chiropractic, cycling and natural sport enhancement.  So we read a few websites and have complied our picks below, we 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 kilometers of cycling per day assures trimmer and toned muscles. This is because your upper thigh muscles, backside and calf muscles all get exercised by the pedaling 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.

Seven times Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong has been receiving chiropractic since 1999, he attributes his success impart to chiropractic care, admitting, “I couldn’t have won without my chiropractor. He is possibly the most important man on the team.”


The review of the current research suggests that Chiropractic collectively documents statistically significant improvements in respiration, range of motion, heart rate variability and autonomic function, endocrine function, cardiovascular function, immune function, muscle strength and overall athletic ability of “healthy” or specific-function “normal” individuals. These are all necessary attributes of a health bicyclist at any performance level.

Other studies have documented statistically significant increases or improvements in neurocognitive functions such as reaction-time and information processing, visual acuity, stress and reproductive hormones, healing / recovery time, and the general health following or during Chiropractic care. Optimizing these attributes can mean the difference between taking 1st and 2nd place in a bike race.


Chiropractic, Athletes and Performance Enhancing

With the current uproar in the cycling world over Lance Armstrong we thought to highlight the benefits of chiropractic as a natural performance enhancer. The 2012 London Olympics saw a growing number of athletes turning to their own performance enhancement by utilising Chiropractic care. “ I would estimate that a least 90% of world class athletes use Chiropractic on a regular basis to prevent injuries and to improve their performance” says Sean Atkins Phd Exercise Physiologist.  Including the worlds 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.


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