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Why A Massage After Exercise Is Good For You

Why A Massage After Exercise Is Good For You

Researchers scientifically prove the health benefits of massages…

New research has uncovered the science behind why a massage after exercise feels good, its not just relaxing, it actually helps heal muscles on a cellular level.

Researchers at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, wanted to understand why a massages feel so good, and if they truly posses healing properties measureable by science.

To do so they asked 11 men to exercise on stationary bicycles until exhaustion. After the work out, one of each men’s leg was massaged.

Biopsies were then taken from the quadriceps of the 11 participants and analyzed. The researchers found that massage reduced the activity of inflammation proteins called cytokines, and promoted the growth of mitochondria energy-producing powerhouses.

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Science Proves Health Benefits Of Massage

Image Credit: Thomas Wanhoff, 2006.

Experts such as Simon Melov, a Buck Institute faculty member, think that massages may have involve the same mechanisms as those targeted by anti-inflammatory drugs, adding:

Theres general agreement that massage feels good; now we have a scientific basis for the experience.

Lead author of the study Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, of the pediatrics and medicine department at McMaster, said:

The potential benefits of massage could be useful to a broad spectrum of individuals including the elderly, those suffering from musculoskeletal injuries, and patients with chronic inflammatory disease…

This study provides evidence that manipulative therapies, such as massage, may be justifiable in medical practice.

The study was published in the Feb. 1 online edition of the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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