Fall riding is spectacular in most areas of the world. Seriously, how awesome is it to be ripping trails through Aspen groves or dense forest leaving roosts of colorful leaves and moist dirt?
It’s crisp. You smell the remenants of a dying Summer around you, and honestly, it’s just nice not to be sweating like a stuck pig because of the summer heat!
Cue dark music.
And then there’s the other side, it’s the end of mountain biking season for many of us. This proves to be a time where many of us get grumpy because we see and feel the impending Winter season closing in on us. Others like me, while we too are grumpy, are relieved to be done with a busy racing and riding season!
We hope you've been able to remain healthy all year and aren’t dealing with an end of season injury. However, we know many of you are struggling with injury and one of the major topics I've been asked about frequently this fall is how to "take care" of lower back and hip injuries.
So we created two solutions for you that will help you or a friend who is suffering from either issue and we are confident they will allow you to start your off-season better prepared.
First is a "team" approach to your care, and second is this two-part video series. Part one of the video series is this one, and part two will deal with shoulder, neck, and rib cage solutions (keep at eye out for it soon!).
#1- Consider using a “team” approach to help you recover from the stress of the season. We encourage you to create a “medical team,” using qualified professionals like: 1. A Chiropractor, who can keep your skeletal system in proper alignment so your nervous system fires on all cylinders 2. A Physical Therapist who can use different tools like “dry needle trigger point therapy” to help with nagging muscle issues as well as perform important diagnostic assessments 3. A Massage Therapist to help with trigger points, fascial adhesions, and other repetitive stress based tissue issues. 4. A Holistic Medical doctor or Orthopedic specialist
#2- Watch part one of this two-part series- End of Season Fix #1- Low Back Pain and Hip care - and if you do them daily you will quickly see and feel a difference in how you move on and off the bike!
All right, you have a couple of good end-of-season exercises of self-therapy to help you move better. Hopefully, you'll notice a decrease in your pain or dysfunction, so get to it and enjoy the benefits!