Next time you finish one of those heavy duty endurance workouts, try a massage to relieve those tight muscles.
Your friends may mock you as a lightweight, but you will be helping your muscles recover faster. In a recent study, researchers put 11 young, healthy men through a very strenuous workout.
To monitor the effects of massage on muscles, they took muscle biopsies of both legs before and after exercise. After 10 minutes of Swedish style massage they tested again. The massage was given immediately after the workout and it was noted that the massage affected two specific genes in the muscle cells. The first gene decreases inflammation caused by exercise. This is similar to the relief you can get from some pain medications. The second gene turned up production of mitochondria which are the power houses of cells in the muscles.. They use oxygen and metabolites of food to generate energy needed by the cells. When muscle cells adapt to endurance exercise the number of mitochondria increases. Massage is beneficial to help this process.
Studies have shown that treatments for sore muscles like ice baths and anti-inflammatory medications can reduce inflammation. These can possibly block muscle repair and growth. Massage appears to not only make you feel better, but also speeds up the muscle recovery. Researchers also found that the massage didn't really decrease the amount of lactic acid in the muscles, which is often given as the reason for post workout massage. An Epsom salt bath can help draw out the acids and toxins with the sulphate content and relax the muscles and nerves because of the magnesium content. The bath is part of my post workout and massage protocol. This research shows that massage is indeed very beneficial part of the fitness routine. Don't be afraid to limp up to the massage table after a big race or book in to a therapist after a workout.
Book your Sports Massage or Remedial Massage by ringing Cheryl Young and Graham Honeyman at Rainbow Bay Massage on 0419609232 in Tweed Heads Coolangatta Gold Coast
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