Cycling is a sport characterised by repetitive and rhythmic movements. It places significant strain on the musculoskeletal system, particularly in lower body muscles such as the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, and glutes. The movements of cycling involve repetitive concentric (shortening) and eccentric (lengthening) contractions. Over time these contractions will cause fatigue, leading to tightness, soreness, and hindered cycling performance. This blog will explore the host of benefits of sports massage to a cyclist.

Muscle Tension and Fatigue Relief

As discussed above cycling demands repetitive movements that lead to tightness and fatigue. Usually, this fatigue emerges in the lower body, but can also be felt in areas such as the lower back and arms. Sports massage can target these specific areas. Techniques such as deep tissue massage and myofascial release can help alleviate tension and reduce muscle fatigue. Doing this will promote blood flow and oxygen delivery to tired muscles, helping cyclists’ recovery.

Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

Cyclists are vulnerable to a host of injuries. Whether it be overuse injuries like tendonitis, or acute injuries like sprains and strains, sports massage can play a pivotal role in both preventing injuries and facilitating rehabilitation. Regular massage sessions can improve muscle recovery which will help ensure the cyclist is not fatigued when they next go out on a ride. Additionally, massage can help address areas that sustain repeated stress such as the quadriceps before they escalate into a full-blown injury. In rehabilitation, massage plays a role in the healing process by improving circulation, reducing scar tissue formation and restoring motion.

Enhanced Range of Motion and Riding Efficiency

A cyclist’s ability to achieve a streamlined, aerodynamic position on a bike will directly correlate with their speed and efficiency. By loosening tight muscles and releasing adhesions in the connective tissues, massage therapy can enable cyclists to achieve a more aerodynamic posture, minimise energy expenditure, and maximise power output.

Customised Care and Personalised Attention

One of the most significant advantages of sports massage to cyclists is the personalised care you get. Unlike more generic massage techniques, sports massage is tailored to address the unique needs and goals of your sport. A good sports massage therapist will collaborate with you to develop a customised plan that optimises performance and recovery.


In conclusion, sports massage alleviates muscle tension and fatigue, aiding in injury prevention and rehabilitation. By targeting specific muscle groups, such as the quadriceps and hamstrings, it promotes blood flow and oxygen delivery, facilitating recovery. Additionally, sports massage can enhance range of motion, optimising riding efficiency by promoting a streamlined posture. With personalised attention, cyclists benefit from tailored therapy, addressing a person’s unique needs and optimising both performance and recovery.

Sports Massage is available at TFD Therapy and you can book this at reception, via phone 01235 772995, or email