Many of us have been there. We’ve pushed ourselves so hard in a training session that we’ve been sore for days after, struggling to walk up stairs or just get off the chair. Did you know that you could help your muscles recover faster if you had a massage after your training session?
Not only does a massage feel really good, there’s also scientific evidence that it assists in muscle recovery. In a 2012 study published in the Science Translational Medicine, Dr Mark Tarnopolsky and other researchers found that massage is beneficial to post-workout recovery. In his study, Dr Tarnopolsky performed muscle biopsies in the legs of young men before and after a hard workout, and then a third time after the men had been massaged.
The study found that massage therapy reduced the activity of a protein by the name NF-kB, hence reducing exercise-related inflammation. Tarnopolsky also found that having a massage increased the number of mitochondria, which is often referred to as the ‘powerhouse’ of the cells. Essentially this means that a massage after your workout can strengthen your muscle cells and reduce inflammation. Double win!
We at Fremantle Remedial Massage Clinic recommend having a Swedish massage with one of our talented massage therapists after your workout. A deep tissue massage can also be a great way to relieve muscle tension. However, be prepared that this can be quite a contrast to the relaxing massage you’re used to! In these therapy sessions we apply heavier pressure and focus on any particular issues or pains you might have – so you might experience soreness a couple of days after the session.
Just remember to specify what massage you’re after!