Massage is a fantastic technique for reducing stress and inducing deep relaxation. Receiving a massive can be the perfect treatment to lift the great proverbial weight off your shoulders and make way for an easier day. While these are important reasons to receive a massage, scientists have found that a massage reduces inflammation at the molecular level, causing it to reduce pain similar to painkilling drugs. The best part? It isn’t a drug.
Lead researcher Dr. Mark Tarnapolsky and his team from the Department of Pediatrics and Medicine at McMaster University in Canada conducted a genetic analysis of muscle tissue samples from individuals who beforehand worked out hard on exercise bikes. The scientists took cell and tissue samples from both legs prior to exercise, immediately after a 10 minute massage on one leg, and after a two and a half hour recovery time period.
What the scientist found was that the massage dampened the effect of molecules which contribute to inflammation called cytokines while at the same time promoting the growth of mitochondria.
According to DailyMail, Tarnopolsky stated:
“The potential benefits of massage could be useful to a broad spectrum of individuals including the elderly, those suffering from musculoskeletal injuries and patients with chronic inflammatory disease…This study provides evidence that manipulative therapies, such as massage, may be justifiable in medical practice.”
There is no doubt that massage can have a powerful effect on the body. It can be utilized to alleviate pain, enhance immunity by stimulating lymph flow, or lessen depression and anxiety. One study has even found that a two minute ear or hand massage administered everyday can cause smokers to light up less. No matter what you use massage for, you are bound to be pleased by the results.