The Best Stretches for Cyclists

The Best Stretches for Cyclists to Ease Soreness and Prevent Injury

Bicycling Magazine, May 2019

Ashley Mateo

Best Stretches for Cyclist curated by Dr. Bianca Beldini

“The repetitive linear movements of a cyclist can create an imbalance of musculature, which can lead to excessive tension through the joints,” explains Bianca Beldini, a USA Triathlon-certified coach, certified Schwinn Cycling instructor, and doctor of physical therapy. All that extra tension can translate to weakness, discomfort, and pain. “Stretching yields flexibility, which translates into freedom of movement and pliability of tissue and a healthy muscular and skeletal system overall,” says Beldini. “It’s a must if you want to have longevity without injury.” To read the full article, click the title or click here.


Can’t Turn Your Head?…look to Dry Needling!


Can’t Turn Your Head?…LOOK to Dry Needling! 

Did you wake up with neck pain? Are you having trouble looking back over one shoulder? There is a skinny muscle that connects the neck to the shoulder and it is THE #1 culprit in acute neck pain and restricted mobility with rotation of the head. It is called the Levator Scapule muscle and it functions in shrugging movements and bringing the ear to the shoulder. It oddly flips on itself and when it gets restricted, it will prevent rotation. It can be easily released with Dry Needling…sometimes within one treatment! You do not have to suffer with neck pain!



Exercise Induced Compartment Syndrome and Dry Needling


Exercise Induced Compartment Syndrome and Dry Needling

Exercise can increase the volume and weight of a muscle by 20% in size. Muscle fibers can swell 20 x that of their resting size during times of exertion. In most, the fascia that holds the muscle in place, expands with the swelling, allowing pliability and flexibility to occur. The anterior tibialis (the muscle that sits in front of the shin bone) and the gastrocnemius (the defined muscle in the calf) can harbor Trigger Points that can be released with Dry Needling to give significant relief to the lower limbs.

Is Your Internal Location “Enabled”?

We had our first full week back after the R-phase certification from Z-health Performance. Two words: Pretty remarkable. What exactly are we doing with our patients now? We are teaching them that movements are safe. We’re teaching them that their internal GPS related to movement can be switched from blurry to clear. We are essentially helping them turn on their internal “enable location” button for good and to move without pain.

The Brain Quote
Every trauma, bump, bruise or accident will cause our internal motor and sensory map to become less clear. When this happens, compensation occurs because the ONLY thing our brain makes sure to happen is our minute by minute, second by second SURVIVAL. So, pain that lasts too long which limits movements or promotes  compensatory patterns can “stick” in our motor system and brain and wreak havoc.  These aberrant movements continue on because the brain will do everything it can to prevent activity due to the feeling of threatened survival. 

We can instruct you in moving your elbow to unglue your knee. We can show you how to move your jaw to unhinge your pelvis. How about assisting you in performing knee circles to lessen the fear of moving your tennis elbow?

If we can help you toggle your switch to “go” instead of “do not go” would you be up for it?

Using Acupuncture (root) with Dry Needling (branch) and brain hacks (enabling location) to improve movement and reduce pain is how The Sundala Method™ continues to evolve.

Acupuncture vs Dry Needling: Knowing the Difference


by Dr. Bianca Beldini, DPT, MSOM

There has been a debate raging over the past few years between the medical community and Acupuncturists. We (Acupuncturists) use the needle as our primary mode of treatment. This one and only modality that is unique to the field of Acupuncture is being infringed upon by MD’s, PT’s, Chiropractors, DO’s and Podiatrists. If you haven’t heard the buzz, it’s time you become informed and begin to understand the similarities and differences. An informed patient is an educated patient and an educated patient can make the right choices for their own health and wellness.


What you need to know:
~ An Acupuncturists education and practical experience BEFORE they ever touch a patient includes upwards of 3,000 hours vs. the 24 hours a PT needs to complete a weekend certification in needling.

~ The term “Dry Needling” is an ACUPUNCTURE TECHNIQUE. It is NOT a separate modality as PTs/MDs would like you to believe. It is a needling strategy that elicits a “twitch response” from the myofascial layer, an efficient technique that an Acupuncturist uses when treating any muscular dysfunction. This needling technique was first described in a Chinese medical text called the “Yellow Emperors Inner Classic” dating back 2,000 years in which “lifting, thrusting and pistoning” of the needle is the EXACT strategy one uses to dry needle which clearly defines it as Acupuncture.

~ The Physical Therapy community would like you to believe that their education in anatomy and embryology validates their inadequate weekend course to become certified “dry needlers”. Would you consider taking prescription advice from someone that took a 24 hour Pharmaceutical class? Or how about being adjusted by a practitioner that took a weekend manipulation course?

~ It is ILLEGAL in the state of NY for a Physical Therapist to be needling. It is legally NOT within their scope of practice and under no circumstances should they be piercing the skin with a needle.

~ Sr-44ome insurance companies get around covering Acupuncture by restricting it to being performed by an MD only (MD’s have very limited education in Acupuncture/Dry Needling). These insurance restrictions go against state mandates and the Affordable Care Act. The only way to make this restriction change and to have your insurance cover Acupuncture is to have you as the consumer push back
against the insurance company. You have a voice!

~ Only Acupuncturists sit for a clean needle technique and national board exam which tests proficiency of knowing tissue depths, insertion angles and needling care. All other non-Acupuncture practitioners are not held accountable to these standards of practice nor do they take any proficiency state or nationally recognized exams.

~ Acupuncture, Dry Needling and Trigger Point Needling are synonymous ONLY when performed by a certified Acupuncture practitioner.

~ Now that you are informed, leave the needling to those who do it best!

All practitioners at Sundala SPECIALIZE in treating most musculoskeletal pain patients with a combination of Acupuncture and Dry Needling, ( The Sundala Method™.)