By Tate Barker, LMT
Cycling weather is finally here and so begins races, touring and long distance rides. Riding a bike can put a lot of stress on your muscles leaving you fatigued, sore and tight. Massage pre and post-ride is very beneficial for faster recovery. Pre-ride massage and passive stretching help to warm and stretch muscles and tissues, helping in injury prevention and enhancing performance. Post-ride massage helps by relieving tension and sore muscles. Massage helps supply blood flow to muscles allowing oxygen nutrients back into the muscle.
Which muscles are used while riding a bike? Primary muscles used are gluteal muscles, quadriceps, hamstrings and calf muscles. All of these muscles work together to help in pedaling. Depending on the ride's terrain some of these muscles will be used more than others. Outside of these muscle groups other parts of the body become engaged to help give you posture and support on the bike. These areas on the body are your arms, abdominals and lower back. The neck and upper body can become sore from breaking down steep hills and catching head wind on the road.
This will be my 9th year on the massage team for Cycle Oregon - a week-long event where 2,000 cyclists tour around the state. I have extensive experience in helping the cyclists recover from cramping and soreness. I love cycling myself and know how demanding riding is on the body, which is why for the months of July and August I am offering a one hour sports massage with passive stretching for only $55.00 (normally $75.00). Whether you're a cyclist who commutes to work or one who rides one hundred miles every day, your body will greatly benefit from this massage. Call us at 503-281-0278 to make your appointment or make one online.