Massage Heals Muscles, Speeds Recovery
Scientists managed to find 11 brave young male volunteers who agreed to three muscle biopsies in order to get a better understanding of exactly how massage effects muscles. The study was published in the Feb. 1 2012 issue of Science Translational Medicine.
In short the study found that massage reduces inflammation and pain, but also speeds up the recovery cells. As opposed to Nsaids and other anti-inflammatory drugs, which reduce inflammation and pain but actually retard the healing process.
Dr. Tarnopolsky suggests that, in the long run, a professional massage may even be a better bargain than a pill. “If someone says “This is free and it might make you feel better, but it may slow down your recovery, do you still want it?” he asked. “Or would you rather spend the 90 bucks for a post-exercise massage that also might enhance your recovery?”
To read the NYT article about the study with all the biology explained see http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/how-massage-heals-sore-muscles/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0