After a long and hard training ride on the saddle, you can’t deny the fact that your muscles will feel tight, tense and taut. Before you know it, an achy lower back may lead to a tight hip, causing tight quad muscles, and eventually a tweaked knee. A sports massage will loosen those tight muscles and facilitate greater circulation so you can recovery quicker and ride pain free.
Along with benefited recovery after training, massage therapy has also shown to boost your circulation according to a study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago (1). In the research healthy sedentary adults participated in a hard leg workout or dead press until it was too sore to continue. Half of the participants received a post-exercise massage while the other half did not. A control group received a massage without participating in any exercise. The 2 groups were assessed on muscle soreness after exercise and all groups had their blood flow measured by ultrasound at various intervals up until 72 hours after the exercis