BIKING DOESN’T NEED TO BE PAINFUL
Many people think that bike fitting is only for serious bike racers, but the number one reason people get a professional bike fitting is due to pain. A bike fitting is appropriate for any level rider. Most bike fittings are offered by someone with no training in the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of pain. Jonathan Severson, DPT, is a physical therapist that is first and foremost a clinician. He has been specifically trained in professional bike fitting, along with treatment for the cyclist.
If you have any of these symptoms below a bike fit is right for you!
- Knee pain
- Neck pain or headaches
- Saddle or hip pain
- Numbness in legs or hands
- Back pain
WHAT DOES A SELECT THERAPY BIKE FIT LOOK LIKE?
Step 1: Subjective. This is where we get to know you and your goals. This will cover your past medical history, current pain issues, what type of rider you are and what your cycling goals are.
Step 2: Physical Therapy Evaluation. No two bodies are the same. Everyone’s body is unique in their makeup. This is not just a size and height evaluation but includes muscle flexibility, joint mobility, neural mobility, strength testing, asymmetries, functional movement pattern assessment, and posture.
Step 3: On the Bike Static and Dynamic Assessment. Once we have an understanding of your body’s makeup, we will assess your posture and movement pattern on the bike. This will specifically assess your riding posture, position, and joint angles. The dynamic assessment will look at your pedaling stroke and will look for compensatory movements and dysfunctional movement patterns.
Step 4: Bike Fit Modification. This is where it all comes together. There is not just one “optimal” fit position. Depending on your body’s size, makeup, mobility, and deficiencies, we will fit you to the bike, and the bike to you. Not only will we help modify your bike to better fit you, but you will also receive a home exercise program to help get you in better shape and improve your flexibility to better fit you to the bike posture. Bike modification could include suggestions for a new saddle, new stem length and/or rise, handlebar size, crank size, etc.
CALL NOW FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT – 218.824.5027
Jonathan Severson offers bike fitting at our Baxter, Takedown, Pequot Lakes, Pine River, and Crosslake clinics.