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

04/06/2021 Covid-19 Notice:

For the past year we have safely operated under our Covid-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation and Recovery Plan. This has allowed us to continue caring for our community and helping our clients return to the activities they love! Our entire team of PTs has been fully vaccinated since mid February. We are available for both in-clinic and virtual physical therapy visits and Pilates sessions. This allows us to comply with government guidance, while also meeting our obligation as essential infrastructure workers. For in-clinic treatment/Pilates sessions, all clients are screened prior to entering the clinic. The PT will wear a mask and the client needs to wear a mask of their own. Social distancing is observed throughout the clinic and rigorous cleaning guidelines are followed. At times during your PT treatment, it may not be possible for your PT to observe social distancing, such as during certain manual therapy techniques. The need for in-clinic treatment vs. virtual or telehealth treatment will be a joint determination between you and your PT. You may review our Covid-19 Exposure Control, Mitigation and Recovery Plan for the details of how we provide safe, in-person care.

If you are traveling via plane and you are not yet fully vaccinated, we ask that you inform your PT so that we may switch your visits to telehealth for 10 days after your return. (Fully vaccinated is defined as 2 weeks past your final vaccination dose.) Thank you for understanding that this policy is in place to allow us to meet our responsibility to all clients, which is to do no harm.

We remain passionate about helping you improve and maintain the function of your movement system so that you can do the activities you love. We invite you to follow/Like our Facebook page, where there is a year's worth of recorded Pilates mat classes that you may access. 

Please contact me directly with any questions or concerns. 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.

Thank you for your support of this small, locally-owned physical therapy private practice!

Elizabeth Rogers, PT

Owner, Elizabeth Rogers Pilates & Physical Therapy, PLLC