A bike can be comfortable!

Are you considering training for and participating in The Cycle the WAVE ride this September? The first thought that crosses your mind may be that the last time you rode your bike it was so uncomfortable you thought, ‘I don’t want to touch that thing again!’ Or maybe, you suffer from numb hands or toes, knee pain, lower back pain, neck aches or shoulder stiffness when riding your bike and shrug it off as ‘normal’ for cycling. These are not ‘normal’!

Most of these issues can likely be fixed with a detailed bike fit. Yes, we know that when you bought your bike the bike shop likely did a quick fit asking you, ‘How does that feel?’ after riding maybe 5 or 10 minutes. Of course, it felt great! It’s new! But, get out for a 60+ minute ride and things change. There are many touch points that this quick fit likely skipped.

At Real Rehab Sports and Physical Therapy, we understand that every cyclist is unique. We understand that each body is different with regard to flexibility, dimensions, strength and general health, all of which can affect how you sit on your saddle, rest your feet on the pedals and/or grab a hold of the handlebars. How you are positioned on a bike can mean the difference between experiencing your full cycling potential or fighting inefficiency or discomfort and risking painful injuries.

What should a bike fit consist of that’s different from ‘How does that feel’? Great question!

At Real Rehab Sports and Physical Therapy we offer 2 types of bike fits: The Performance Bike Fit and  the Biomechanical Bike Fit (click the links for further details). Whichever fit service you choose – Performance or Biomechanical, your physical therapist, trained in the science and art of bike fitting will take the time to assess your movements and alignment both off the bike and on the bike in order to match your bike to your body in a way that makes you smile rather than grimace.

The Performance Bike Fit is perfect for the rider who has no acute musculoskeletal injuries and is seeking improvements in efficiency and performance. This is a cash-based service ($280) and is scheduled as a one-time 2-hour session. A great choice if your goal is to finish with a smile on the Fierce or Mighty Sister rides!

The Biomechanical Bike Fit is for the cyclist who is experiencing pain while cycling for health and wellness benefits. This service maybe covered by your health insurance in accordance with an appropriate physical therapy diagnosis.

In addition to our regular services, we are offering a special for Cycle the WAVE participants: a one hour ‘Comfort’ fit ($125). This fit session is perfect for the rider who uses flat pedals and who are looking to complete the Brave and Strong Sister rides.

Real Rehab supports The WAVE Foundation

Real Rehab + Physical Therapy is proud to be a lead sponsor of the 2018 Cycle and Walk the WAVE, The WAVE Foundation’s signature event.

We, at Real Rehab, support and believe in the objective of the Wave Foundation. As their educational program assists individuals to “Discover their Power” against violence, our mission at Real Rehab is to empower our clients to reach their full potential. That is why we are joining forces with the Wave Foundation to promote their primary fundraising event, the Cycle/Walk the Wave on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

The WAVE Foundation is working to increase awareness of the societal impact of sexual assault and domestic violence through their educational and empowerment program, Discover Your Power.  Although primarily focused on the youth and young adult populations, the program serves to educate and empower all members of the community on recognizing the warning signs of violence and how to prevent its occurrence.

Real Rehab will be providing WAVE participants with monthly biking, walking and general wellness tips in order to keep you moving forward in meeting your training goals and completing the event of your choice. If you are a cyclist and sign up on or before March 31st you will receive a 15% discount off a 2-hour Bike Fit performed by a physical therapist at Real Rehab. Participants (or just cyclists?) who registered after March 31st will receive a 10% discount on all Wellness and Performance services offered by Real Rehab.  Look for updates in the months to come about WAVE/Real Rehab events and activities and how you can participate!

For more information checkout our website at www.realrehab.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Looking for Enthusiastic WAVE Riders and Walkers!

Did you Join us at The WAVE Foundation’s 10th Annual Cycle & Walk the WAVE?

• Did you have fun?
• Did you enjoy the camaraderie of the day?
• Did you make new friends while riding or walking?
• Did you immediately try to convince more friends to join you September 16, 2018?

If you said YES to any of the above WE WOULD LOVE to have you help us spread the word!

We are actively seeking new members for our team of Outreach Ambassadors.
We’re already busy planning the 2018 event, and Outreach Ambassadors are our cheer leaders and advocates, getting the word out about the WAVE Weekend through social media, outreach events and assorted other networking opportunities.

Program details are outlined in this linked document. In summary, we want to put emphasis on social media, direct outreach efforts and educating potential and returning participants about the work The WAVE Foundation is doing in schools to change societal norms of behavior with regards to relationship and sexual violence.

Check out this short Cycle & Walk the WAVE Video to hear what others are saying.

We’re available to answer your questions and help you understand the benefits of joining The WAVE Foundation’s Ambassador Outreach Program.

Please RSVP to julie@thewavefoundation.org for the March 11, 2018 orientation.

Thank you for your support!

WAVE Supporter Spotlight

Each year The WAVE Foundation relies on the support of dozens of local businesses in order to produce top quality events. 
This holiday month we are featuring one of our long time Cycle & Walk the WAVE supporters, Wendy Scheel of the
Wendy Scheel has been an owner and baker at Great Harvest for the past 37 years, beginning in Redmond and then at her store in Bellevue/Factoria for the past 20 years. Her daughter Courtney is also a big part of the team that makes GH Bellevue so special. They sincerely enjoy giving back to the community by donating fresh, wholesome baked goods for many worthwhile events in the region, including Cycle & Walk the WAVE. “The WAVE Foundation’s mission is so vital, and so very important to the community” states Wendy. In the past several years WAVE participants have been able to sample their fabulous baked rolls and cookies at the Spiritridge Park rest stop.    
What makes Great Harvest bread so delicious, so tasty and so very, very addictive you may wonder? It’s all in the flour as each Great Harvest location Stone grinds Montana whole wheat flour onsite at the bakery; adding only pure and wholesome ingredients to each item they create. This past Thanksgiving week Great Harvest sold 3000 packs of dinner rolls alone…so if you want to pick up their signature Cinnamon Chip Christmas tree or legendary German style Stollen Bread, get your orders in soon!
Special Thanks to Wendy and our many other valued food sponsors who help us serve up the best ride support food in the region.  

Elaine Denslow and the Allstate Foundation Support Cycle the WAVE

Elaine Denslow Sheds Light on Financial Side of Domestic Violence

“It’s unacceptable!” said Seattle native and local business owner, Elaine Denslow. This is how she feels about the statistic that one in four women will be affected by domestic violence in her lifetime.

Elaine, the owner of The Denslow Agency for more than 20 years in Bellevue, is excited to turn her sentiment into concrete action during the tenth anniversary of Cycle the WAVE on Sept. 17.

You will find a #PurplePurse tassel in your goody bag. This clip-on tassel symbolizes your support for a world free of domestic violence. The reference to a purse or wallet is intentional: financial abuse occurs in 99% cases of domestic violence.

Elaine and fellow Good Hands volunteers will be hosting The Allstate Foundation booth at the finish line festival. Come and visit the booth so you can:

  • Write an encouragement card to a domestic violence survivor. These cards will be placed on beds in shelters (samples will be available for those looking for assistance with wordsmithing).
  • Try your skill at corn hole!  Toss the bean bags and if you show either skill or spirit, you are likely to win a prize!

“Camaraderie and community are both powerful, and they’re both antidotes to the isolation that often accompanies domestic violence,” said Elaine when asked what compelled her to get involved with Cycle the WAVE. Elaine is also a member of the Allstate Against Abuse Team – a growing network of Allstate professionals using education and volunteerism to end the cycle of domestic violence, one survivor at a time.

Look for Elaine at The Allstate Foundation booth on the 17th – she’ll be wearing a purple purse lapel pin. We recommend asking Elaine about what purple wardrobe items she owns to show her support for domestic violence awareness. One is sporty and the other is decidedly fancy!

The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse is the longest running national campaign focused on ending domestic violence through financial empowerment. In the state of Washington in 2016, The Allstate Foundation’s investment in domestic violence support was $183,000.