Thursday, February 2, 2012

Massage post exercise reduces inflammation, builds mitochondria

I've mentioned before that I get a regular session of bodywork from my pal Colin at Edinburgh Deep Tissue Massage.  I enjoy the chat, he sorts out any strains or spasms that are going on and he also gives me some good coaching in general on posture, movement and exercise.

It seems that there are real clinic benefits to all this too.  I spotted this report of a new study on massage which explains :

While massage is well accepted as a therapy for relieving muscle tension and pain, the researchers delved deeper to find it also triggers biochemical sensors that can send inflammation-reducing signals to muscle cells.

In addition, massage signals muscle to build more mitochondria, the power centres of cells which play an important role in healing.

"The main thing, and what is novel about our study, is that no one has ever looked inside the muscle to see what is happening with massage, no one looked at the biochemical effects or what might be going on in the muscle itself," said Crane.

"We have shown the muscle senses that it is being stretched and this appears to reduce the cells' inflammatory response," he said. "As a consequence, massage may be beneficial for recovery from injury."

Really interesting stuff - cellular effects from massage which extend to generating more mitochondria.

As ever of course, Alex at Sweat Science got here first and has a much more detailed analysis of the research.


Bodyworks Family Sports Center said...

We definitely agree on the benefits of a massage. Aside from it is relaxing as it stimulates pressure receptors and beneficial to promote blood circulation. It also helps in slimming down.

MAS said...

Worked for Ronnie Coleman.

Light weight!