Cyclists

Are you an avid cyclist who likes to ride all year round in all conditions? Are you considering taking up riding for the first time? Do you want to casually ride your at home spin bike? Have you had chronic pain and dysfunction for years and aren’t getting anywhere with your traditional physical therapy? We recognize there are a lot of variations of cycling and are here to help you get the right plan for cross training, intrinsic muscle strengthening and stretching needed to compliment the repetitive positions that cyclists spend so much time in.

At Indigo, we treat cyclists of all levels and all genders. Whether you are a weekend warrior, a Peloton addict, or a competitive cyclist. We consider all elements of what goes into cycling, from body efficiency to power, endurance, strength, to what drives you mentally to hop on that bike, day in and day out.

Whether you spend hours or minutes in the saddle each week, your pelvic, back, and lower extremity muscles are important contributors to keeping you at the top of your game. We know you’re passionate about what you do, and you should see a provider whose passion is keeping you performing your best. And we don’t want your resources to stop with us.

What we can help cyclists with:

Pelvic Girdle Dysfunction:

Being in the saddle for long periods of time can result in tissue compression and decreased circulation. This can contribute to nerve damage, muscle atrophy and imbalance, pain, sexual dysfunction, and misalignment. We can help you find local resources for bike fitting, check alignment prior to a bike fitting, and provide pain relieving techniques such as postural education and manual therapy techniques to help you optimize your saddle positioning.

Orthopedics:

Whether you’re experiencing acute injuries, repetitive motion injuries, or just want to avoid future injuries, we can help you troubleshoot the problem. Our team of experienced, orthopedic manual physical therapists in Baltimore, Mt. Airy or Ellicott City are able to offer a unique full body perspective to your goals. We can tailor appropriate training programs to your needs and provide you with a variety of hands-on treatment options such as joint mobilization, soft tissue manipulation, myofascial release techniques and visceral manipulation to get you back on the bike in a safe way.

Why saddle fit matters:

Improper pressure on the genitalia during time on the saddle can cause decrease in blood flow to tissues and neural compression. This results in: changes in tissue color, thinning or atrophy of tissue, neural symptoms such as numbness, tingling or pain (sometimes even itching sensation), sexual dysfunction, and more. During pregnancy or postpartum, work with our PT’s to ride differently initially to optimize your body’s changes while you strengthen your intrinsic core muscles and gain endurance to get back to your longer, faster rides- whether outdoors or on a spin bike.

We go beyond the physical you, we can help you find access to local resources for bike fitting, equipment, and other key players for your ride. Bring your bike in so we can assess how you are moving and your posture- or get an alignment tune up of your body before you head over to the bike shop for your custom bike fitting.

Pelvic floor and cycling:

Your pelvic floor is the floor of your core. It’s important in maintaining good core strength, posture on the bike, and adequate breath mechanics. If you’re not thinking about all parts of your core, you’re missing out on a key component and driver for your strength and endurance capabilities.

Indigo is a proud sponsor of the Charm City Cyclocross Team and Charm City Cyclocross Race, which is the first race to bring the Junior Women's UCI Racing team and the Helen100 Trophy series to North America in Fall 2021.