Two common injuries may occur if the pain persists are:
1. Handlebar Palsy
2. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Handlebar palsy is caused from direct pressure being put on the ulnar nerve in the hand.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused when too much pressure is applied to the median nerve in the hand.
Both injuries can result in numbness, weakness and pain. The area of the hand most affected by handlebar palsy is the between the ring and little finger while carpal tunnel syndrome affects the area between the thumb to the ring finger.
There is a simple yoga pose that can help prevent and treat both injuries.
Taking a tabletop position you gently turn your fingers towards the knees. You may not have the mobility to point the fingers straight back, which is not uncommon, but position them in that direction.
If more intensity is needed to effectively stretch the forearms you can keep the hands in the same position while lower your seat back towards your heels.
This pose will stretch the muscles in the forearms that can relieve pressure on the nerves in your wrist.
Yoga for Cycling classes are held at Hollyburn Country Club on Tuesdays (11:20 am), Wednesdays (5:35 pm) and Fridays (12:50 pm) following Urban Indoor Cycling classes led by Arimo.
The complete Urban Indoor Cycling schedule can be found here.