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Study:10 minutes of massage may reduce inflammation in muscle

Study:10 minutes of massage may reduce inflammation in muscle

The practice of using massage for relieving muscle tension and pain, as for reducing stress and producing deep relaxation, is rooted in ancient history. It's believed that Indian civilization had the leadership role 3000 years B.C.E, whereas ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilizations made some of the earliest paintings and texts about massage.

Today, after 5000 years, researchers from McMaster University tried to look inside muscles to check the real influence of massaging, and found that massage reduces inflammation in muscles, which could be effective in treatment of chronic muscular diseases as arthritis and muscular dystrophy.

"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 Dr.Crane, one of the researchers.
The study noticed that when muscle senses that it is being stretched, this appears to reduce the cells’ inflammatory response, and build more mitochondria, the power centers of cells which play an important role in healing.

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, professor of medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, added what could be a new discovery about the benefits of the massage "Given that mitochondrial dysfunction is associated with muscle atrophy and other processes such as insulin resistance, any therapy that can improve mitochondrial function may be beneficial,"

In other hand, the research proved surprisingly one often-repeated idea false: massage did not help clear lactic acid from tired muscles.
The research appears in the Feb. 1 issue of Science Translational Medicine.

For their study, the researchers followed 11 men in their twenties.
On their first visit, the men’s exercise capacity was assessed. Two weeks later, the men cycled on a bicycle for more than 70 minutes, to a point of exhaustion when they couldn’t cycle any more. They then rested for 10 minutes.
While resting, a massage therapist lightly applied massage oil to both legs, and then performed massage for 10 minutes on one leg using a variety of techniques commonly used in rehabilitation. Muscle biopsies were done on both legs (quadriceps) and repeated 2.5 hours later. Researchers found reduced inflammation in the massaged leg.

Finally, this study is a first step in determining the best therapies for promoting recovery from a variety of muscle injuries, which may replaces drugs. 

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