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Cyclist’s perspective: Physiotherapy session at Physio and Sole Clinic

At the start of the year, I was given the opportunity to go for a physiotherapy session at Physio and Sole Clinic. And of course, I would jump on it and give it a try!

 

Physio and Sole Clinic at Bukit Timah Shopping Centre

 

Upon entering the clinic, I was greeted by Jeremy Mok, the senior sports physiotherapist who would be attending to me that day. You would be glad to know that Jeremy is also a fellow cyclist (from Team Midpoint)!

 

Me and senior sports physiotherapist, Jeremy Mok.

 

Sports/Musculoskeletal physiotherapy session?

If you are fairly new to sports, you might not have heard about it. Physiotherapy covers many things, from sports injury treatment, rehabilitation, illness or even disability. It’s also common with patients who are recovering from a major stroke.

A physiotherapy session typically helps you better your performance through manual therapy, movement exercises, education, and advice. How and why is this important? I’ll explain later. Let’s go through the whole session.

 

The Session

hmm.. what are those 2 balls…

 

The session starts with the patient (me), sharing my past injuries, current problems now and also my general health. Coming from a background of playing soccer and running, I shared my issues with my ITB (Iliotibial band) and also my right ankle which I sprained badly many years back.

When I was younger, I was very active in juggling more than one sport which probably led to the over-use of my muscles. In my case, my ITB would usually break down before anything else, and I would be ‘notified’ by the nagging pain on the outside of my knees. You can easily be misguided thinking that it’s a knee problem.

Then there’s my right ankle. Back then, while playing an 11-aside game, I was brought down by someone and when I went down, I sprained my ankle badly. I later found out I had injured my Plantar Fasciitis badly. Unfortunately for me, I was sidelined for half a year, and that was the last time I played soccer competitively. 

Tip: Be thorough with your history, so the physiotherapist can understand you a lot better!

 

The Assessment

Checking on my form

 

Jeremy assessing my strengths through simple exercises.

 

After listening to my sob story, Jeremy then started the assessment with some simple exercises. Just to name a few, I was asked to stand straight, stand on one leg and even do squats. It might be simple exercises but they do tell a story.

Moving on, I was asked to push against the forces he was applying to my lower limbs. This was to test my left and right leg individual strengths and its’ muscle groups. The results from the exercises continued to tell more about my own body.

 

 

 

 

Hush little baby, don’t you cry…..

 

Oh, just putting it out there. I get ticklish very easily.

 

I am not used to people touching me, thus ticklish every time

 

Findings

As expected, from the assessment on my right ankle, it shows that it isn’t as strong and flexible as my left. Using a special tool, Jeremy also could see that the left leg was unable to bend as much as the right.

 

Really cool tool; you might see it when you go for a bike fit.

 

My right leg was stronger than my left, as I am right legged anyway.

My hamstrings and calves were tight, which is definitely my fault. I DIDN’T stretch enough before a ride the day before.

 

READ more:  Knee injuries: how to tackle the problem

 

And last but not least, my hip external rotators are weak. This is the major reason why my ITB always acts up.

 

Research says tan lines on a man’s thigh is hot now.

 

‘Bro, if you are tired, it’s okay. I can also see the other physiotherapist…’

 

Just a sidenote – at this point, I found out that there are 2 other physiotherapists in the clinic; they happen to be cute too. I then tried to ‘fake’ a back issue, thinking it could be under the other doctors’ purview, but nevertheless, Jeremy was keen to check it out for himself.

 

Advice/Treatment Plan

After the assessment, Jeremy summed up the 30 minutes session. I was generally okay but there is still room for improvements. Specific individual exercises were recommended to me to strengthen my various weaknesses.

 

To strengthen my hip external rotators

 

Wah! Like kinky ar this rubber band…

 

Tip: The light blue elastic band is very useful for home use. From stretching to strengthening exercises. Recommended by Jeremy to get one!

 

Strengthening exercises for my hip external rotators

 

So how can this help?

We can spend as much on products, tools and bike fits to squeeze the best performance out of ourselves. But what physiotherapy can do is expand your hidden potential; which is all you.

By working on expanding the limits of your body, you open up your chances and potential to be much stronger. You also can prevent more injuries creeping up.

If you are an engine, imagine having bigger pistons to pump more power. What you thought about already hitting an FTP ceiling of 250 watts could be pushed even higher by just working on addressing the issues within your body.

To sum it up, if you do have some nagging discomfort, pain or tightness, it’s best to get it checked by a professional. You might never know it could have been your Achilles heel all this time. And did I mention – Dr. Jeremy cycles too? So there should be no problem in getting him to assess your body from a cyclist’s perspective!

 

For more information on physiotherapy and sports massages, check out Physio and Sole Clinic’s outlets

Physio and Sole Clinic @ Tanglin
19 Tanglin Road,
#05-19 Tanglin Shopping Centre,
Singapore 24790
Tel: 6733 1519
 
Physio and Sole Clinic @ Bukit Timah
Bukit Timah Shopping Centre,
170 Upper Bukit Timah Road #09-02,
Singapore 588179
Tel: 6467 4110
 
Physio and Sole Clinic @ Kovan
208 Hougang Street 21, #03-223,
Singapore 530208

Tel: 6281 1209

 

Physio and Sole Clinic @ Jurong
21 Jurong Gateway Road,
#03-07 Jurong, Singapore 608546
Tel: 6924 8506
 
Email enquiries: contact@thesoleclinic.com
 
 
Image credit: Hamizah Salikimen ©
 
Irsyad Marican

Author: Irsyad Marican

Sports has always been close to his heart but racing bicycles is the extra special one. It’s been 3 years since his first race and there’s more in his tank. He enjoys time-trialling and loves bicycles that speaks to him.

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