The benefits of massage far outweigh any risks involved. One should not think of massage as merely an indulgence. Getting regular massages is a smart complement to weight training as it facilitates the recovery process and helps to maintain joint and muscle flexibility.
A recent study has found that post-exercise massage decreases inflammation and could enhance muscle growth. The decrease in muscle soreness that occurs after a massage is indicative of massage having an effect in reducing inflammation. There is also evidence that massage may boost mitochondrial activity within muscle cells. The mitochondria are the energy factories within cells. Healthy muscle cells contain more mitochondria in order to allow more oxygen to be utilized for needed energy. Thus, massage is beneficial for muscle recovery (by reducing inflammation) and muscle growth (via increased mitochondrial activity).
Here are more of the benefits of massage therapy:
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