Immaterial of whether you are consistent road racer or holiday mountain biker or odd even a regular bike commuter, the amount of time you spend on your bike will most likely make a difference to your body. We all know that stretching and ice baths help in recovering from muscle injuries but how about a massage?
Massage and spa experts at a leading spa in South India, vouch for the effectiveness of a rigorous Sports Massage. Mr. Rennie, a professional working there says “From the professional sportsperson to the casual jogger, everyone can improve flexibility and efficiency with a sports massage.”
Check out http://www.stack.com/a/sports-massage-techniques which gives you an idea about it, and this article will throw some light on the importance of massages for bikers.
Wondering what a massage will do to your body? Well, it can give a rejuvenating effect to your whole body which can be due to scar tissue or breakdown of adhesions in the muscle. When your muscles are stressed, the fibers that are in the muscle fascia cover it from suffering any micro tears. When they heal, the fibers become strong; still, they could form adhesions which are scar tissues that can restrict your movements and give pain. When a deep pressure is applied on this fascia by massage therapists, the adhesions are broken up. In addition to this, the blood vessels also open up, and the waste is pushed out of it which can, in turn, reduce the tenderness, increase the blood flow, speeds recovery and also gives the much-needed nutrition to the tissues.
Now that you know that massages for bikers do work, then you need to know when you should get a message done. There are short massages and thorough massages; the former can be for 30 minutes to 1 hour whereas the latter can extend to a few hours. When you go for biking, the most affected muscles are the knee and the lower back, so these need to be the focus points when it comes to short massages. It is advisable to restrict yourself from massages on the day before a biking event or a race; any other time is perfect for a massage.
When you are attending any popular biking event or a triathlon, you won’t have to worry about hunting for a therapist as they will usually be available in the ‘finish’ line area. You can also take references from your chiropractor or family doctor.
If you have a financial crunch or finding it difficult to land on a massage therapist, then some self-massage tips could come in handy. Self-kneading, massage sticks, foam rollers can be of great help. Though the foam roller may not be as capable as a proper massage done by a therapist, it is a good alternative.
Biking is a high energy and active sport that will require a lot of physical effort to see success. The injuries can also be fatal, so take all the necessary precautions.