Athletes Be Aware
By now, you’d think everyone would know the benefits of massage but that is hardly the case. Many skeptics remain but a recent study published in Science Translational Medicine found that a short, 10-minute Swedish-style massage session can reduce inflammation, which can help your muscles recover after a hard workout. Researchers had 11 healthy young male participants work out to their maximum capabilities on a stationary bike. They took muscle tissue samples from the legs of each study participant before and after the intense workout. They also took a third sample from one of the legs, after it had been subjected to a 10-minute massage. They found that the post-workout tissue samples from massaged leg muscles were vastly different from those that didn’t receive the massage. Namely, the massaged samples had less of a protein called NF-kB, which plays a role in creating an inflammatory response to exercise. You can read all the details from an article in the LA Times here:http://articles.latimes.com/2012/feb/01/health/la-he-massage-20120202).