What is a bike fit? How do I know if I need one?

What is a bike fit? How do I know if I need one?

Seattle is a great place to be a cyclist, whether it is recreational riding, bike commuting, triathlons, or long-distance riding/racing.  However, you are much less likely to ride your bike and enjoy riding if you are in pain.  If you are in pain on your bike or have been unsuccessful at reaching your mileage goals, it is quite possible your bike is not fit properly. This is when a bike fit is indicated!

Common injuries that can occur with cycling include, but are not limited to: knee, back, or neck pain, hand numbness, saddle/groin numbness or soreness. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it is possible part of your bike does not suite your body size or is not fit to you. Even if you had a bike fit when you purchased your bike, it is possible it was not personalized to you.  Or it is possible your body type or injuries have changed the way you ride. Even millimeters of change to the seat position or handle bar position can relieve aches and pains that spoil your riding experience. Usually this relief is felt immediately on the bike. Often, clients who come in with pain are amazed at how a minute change can relieve their discomfort instantly.

During a bike fit at Elizabeth Rogers Pilates & Physical Therapy, our bike fit specialist, Lauren Esmailka, PT will begin by talking to you about what type of rider you are and/or are trying to become. She will discuss what your goals are on your bike.  A postural screen will be done to assess your body structure followed by an in-depth biomechanical evaluation of you on your bike. Based on her findings, she will make adjustments to your bike to optimize your riding mechanics and allow you to reach your cycling goals pain free. Her goal with every bike fit is to eliminate pain, increase cycling comfort, achieve optimal mechanics, improve cycling efficiency and performance and prevent further injuries.

Call us today to schedule your bike fit. 2019 Bicycle Sundays begin May 12th. Hope to see you out on the road!

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Covid-19 Notice

3/27/2020 Covid-19 Notice:

On March 19th, we made the difficult, yet important decision to close both clinics, in order to do our part to flatten the curve. We will reopen the clinics part time on Monday, April 6th, with an emphasis on telemedicine. This will allow us to comply as much as possible with the governor's Stay Home Stay Healthy order if it is extended, while also meeting our obligation as essential infrastructure workers. According to Dr. Matos, an expert in biological surety and the management of select agent programs at federal facilities: "Physical therapists are essential in flattening the curve of the Covid-19 pandemic. They play a key role in keeping people they can help out of doctors' offices and ER's. This will not only free up the medical teams to treat those impacted by Covid-19, but also limit the exposure of those seeking the care of the physical therapist." To that end, we will focus on telemedicine, but also allow for select, necessary in-office treatments for low risk, healthy individuals. This will be a joint determination between you and your PT. Many, if not all of our patients, have come to appreciate the effectiveness and efficiency of the hands-on manual therapy techniques our physical therapists use to help relieve pain and improve function. So, we recognize that a telemedicine visit may not seem as appealing. At this time, telemedicine is the appropriate and safe way to continue your care without further interruption and your physical therapists are prepared to alter their approach in order to still provide effective care.

During our temporary closure, your physical therapists have been on unemployment and not able to contribute to our communities financially as they normally would like to. Getting back to work, providing your care will allow us to resume caring for you and our community. For every telemedicine visit we provide in April, the clinic will donate $5 to the following organizations:

Kelsea Cannon, PT- Westside Baby
Lauren Esmailka, PT- Treehouse
Elizabeth Rogers, PT- Rainier Valley Food Bank

We remain passionate about helping you improve and maintain the function of your movement system so that you can do the activities you love. I remain available for urgent (i.e. post-op care, acute injury, treatment needed to decrease/avoid use of NSAIDs and Opiods) in-clinic treatment and telemedicine treatment from now until April 6th. We invite you to follow/Like our  Facebook page, where I am offering complimentary weekly Pilates mat class on Wednesdays at 7am and foam roller class on Fridays at 7am. All are welcome to participate in these classes or view them anytime on our Facebook page.

Please contact me directly with any questions or concerns. If you are a current patient, you should have received an email from me with scheduling/rescheduling info. Be in touch with your PT to schedule your telemedicine visit. I am available via clinic phone (206-535-7356) and email (elizabeth@elizabethrogerspt.com). We will update you here and our Facebook page as things change.

We are counting the days until we get to resume our work together both virtually and in the clinic! Thank you for your support of this small, locally-owned physical therapy private practice!

Elizabeth Rogers, PT

Owner, Elizabeth Rogers Pilates & Physical Therapy, PLLC

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