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Healing Sore Muscles With Massage – How It Works

02 Oct 2012

You’ll get little argument that for sore muscles, massage just plain feels great, and it seems to help in restoring injured muscles.  But until recently there hasn’t been much information out there on how it works as both pain relief and to aid in muscle recovery.  But a blog post earlier this year in The New York Times Health site gives a good understanding of some of the basics.  Most bodywork professionals as well as athletes claim it works, but knowing why can be helpful.

Researchers working with volunteers experimented with massage on injured muscles, taking biopsies at various stages and evaluating the progress of muscle repair.  What they found was that massage apparently releases anti-inflammatory compounds, that unlike NSAIDS such as ibuprofen can actually aid in cellular repair rather than just reduce the pain.

Massage therapists may find this article beneficial both from an educational standpoint and to have information available if any of your clients ask about how massage can help them with their muscle pain.

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