Low back pain often is triggered by muscle fatigue therefore an exercise routine is a good preventive action together with checking your sitting position at work, your bike frame dimension and attend a full bike fit session with physical assessment.
Sometimes cycling is considered a painful sport but it is possible to understand the origin of pain and massively improving the quality of our ride.
Low back, buttock, neck, knees, feet, hips, wrists: All these part of body can suffer from pain, discomfort, pins and needles while we pedal. There is always an answer to these pains and possible action to take to resolve the problem, from improving our flexibility with exercises to change the stem.
Shorter cranks are very beneficial to avoid an extreme hip flexion when pedal at the top position. Also, the short length is helping an aerodynamic position.
Age, flexibility, weight changes have an impact on riding position. Time to time is important to perform a bike fit session.
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Electromyography (EMG) analysis support the bike fitting process revealing muscles (quads, hams, glutes) activation during cycling. In this session EMG (see fig.1) revealed a decreased strength at left glute compared to right glute. This has impact on pedal stroke as you can see in fig.2 where is shown circa 30 watts difference between right and left pedal stroke.
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Have a look at your saddle, if you notice worn out aspects or even a mild change in shape, it's time to change your saddle. Old saddles can give a false comfortable sensations but changes in shape can trigger adaptive postural and muscular activations, decreasing performances and increasing the risk of injury.
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Massimo Monticelli, osteopath intrigued by manual therapies with passion for cycling, biomechanics and bike fitting.