For many thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, riding a motorcycle offers an invigorating way to explore new places or simply get around town. Here in Arizona, and particularly in Cave Creek, we are enthusiastic about the “biker” lifestyle: from April 3-7, 2019, motorcyclists from across the state and beyond will celebrate the vibrant annual Bike Week event. While riding a motorcycle might not be considered an athletic activity in the traditional sense, it places significant demands on the rider’s body—thereby heightening the risk of pain and injuries. Offering numerous physical and mental benefits, massage therapy can help motorcycle riders relieve pain and heal and prevent injuries, creating a safer and more enjoyable biking experience. Specifically, massage may be effective in alleviating the following conditions that motorcyclists commonly experience:
• Neck, back, and shoulder pain. Between fighting the force of the wind and supporting a heavy helmet, many motorcyclists experience pains and strains in their backs, necks, and shoulders. By relaxing the muscles and improving flexibility, massage offers a powerful way to alleviate discomfort and prevent injury in these key areas of the body. Additionally, massage boosts circulation, thereby increasing delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles while removing cellular waste byproducts.
• Balance issues. Motorcycle riders who have sustained injuries in the past are particularly prone to symmetrical imbalances, which can make it challenging to maintain a safe and comfortable position on the bike. Fortunately, massage can ease pain and improve range of motion, which will lead to better stability, strength, and flexibility.
• Pain in the hands, wrists, and forearms. When pressure within the muscles builds up to the point that it decreases blood flow, a painful condition called Compartment Syndrome may occur. Motorcyclists may experience Compartment Syndrome in their hands and forearms because they tend to grip the bike’s handlebars while squeezing the throttle for extended periods of time. Massage can help prevent this by promoting blood flow and relaxing the fascia—the dense, web-like connective tissue that supports muscles, bones, and organs throughout the body.
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Clutching the handlebars and the throttle—particularly when combined with exposure to cold air and the vibration of the bike—can also lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a condition that involves numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and wrists. By relieving tension and improving elasticity, massage therapy that focuses on the hands, arms, and shoulders can diminish uncomfortable Carpal Tunnel symptoms.
Don’t let aches and pains interfere with the exhilarating sense of freedom that comes with riding a motorcycle—massage therapy may be your key to staying safe and limber! At Elements Massage Cave Creek, our massage therapists will tailor your session with the right techniques and modalities for your individual needs. Contact us today at 480.588.7882 to book an appointment!
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