Benefits of Massage for Muscle Recovery & Reducing Inflammation

man massageMassage as a non-drug therapy has a promising potential to not only help athletes with weary muscles, but also people with chronic conditions related to inflammation, like muscular dystrophy or arthritis. These results are based on a study by Justin Crane, a doctoral student at the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University.

Although massage is already an accepted form of therapy to relieve pain and muscle strain, researchers found that massage can also trigger the biochemical sensors, which are responsible in sending signals to muscle cells that can reduce inflammation.

Massage sends a signal to muscles to create more mitochondria, which is the the cell’s power center and has a vital role in healing.

Crane said that nobody has ever tried to look inside the human muscle and find out what is going on during a massage, including the biochemical effects.

He added that their study showed how the muscles senses when they are being stretched and reduces the cells’ inflammatory response. As a result, massage could be helpful to hasten recovery from injury.

Crane further stated that researchers in McMaster were the first to test the effect of manual therapy such as massage, with the use of muscle biopsy to prove that massage can reduce inflammation, which is a primary factor in numerous chronic diseases.
This particular research came out in the Science Translational Medicine’s February 2012 issue which has involved the participation of eleven men in their twenties as subjects of their study.


Relieve Chronic Foot Pain with Massage Therapy

Walnut Creek Sports MassageI am constantly amazed by the results and accomplishments our clients make. From triathlons and other athletic achievements to just gaining a little more range of motion after being in pain for years.

Pushing our bodies past their current comfort zone with exercise, massage, or stretching is never easy. It challenges us emotionally, physically, and mentally. I am privileged to be in a profession that allows me to be part of each clients story of accomplishment that arrives at my table. Here is one of our recent

Kelly Barry was referred to Loosen up Bodywork for pain and tension from running and cycling. During his intake he mentioned he had been experiencing foot pain for over 10 years which he assumed was never going to go away and he had just learned to live with. He was open to trying anything that may give him some relief so I suggested a reflexology treatment. After just one session, Kelly reported complete relief from his stubborn foot pain.

That initial session was almost a year ago now and Kelly has maintained his running and cycling pain free ever since. He continues to schedule maintenance treatments monthly to make sure that it never gets to that point again. He and his wife keep up an above average exercise routine including marathons and bike races with confidence that they won’t ever have to guess about their pains again.

Call Loosen up Bodywork today at (925) 289-9750 or book your massage appointment online and find out how we can help you achieve your goals.

Health Benefits of Massage for Atheletes

Walnut Creek sports massage The benefits of massage therapy for athletic training have been in the spotlight of many news articles recently. A study performed by the Buck Institute has demonstrated what we have known for years.

Athletes that receive massage therapy after events and training experience a decrease in recovery time and an increase in ability to

Read more about the Buck Institute massage study in the Marin Independent Journal.