Muscle inflammation can be very annoying because of the constant stabbing or nagging pain. Swelling and redness can also indicate muscle inflammation. Muscle inflammation usually occurs due to overload. If you have muscle pain, you will soon notice that you have the urge to put your hand on it and massage the painful area. A natural reaction that can provide a lot of relief.
Scientific research massage
Scientific attention is increasingly focused on the effectiveness and pain-relieving effects of massage. Scientific research has shown that short 10-minute massages are effective for muscle inflammation. This research was conducted by scientists from Canada’s McMaster University. They discovered that these short massages reduced pain and also had a clear anti-inflammatory effect. Who knows, this could soon mean that massages can take over the role of medicines, for example, when it comes to inhibiting inflammation and relieving pain in, for example, people with chronic muscle complaints such as muscular dystrophy or arthritis.
Design and results of the study
The study examined 11 male subjects between the ages of twenty and thirty. Their exercise capacities were assessed and they then had to cycle for 70 minutes. They were then allowed to rest for 10 minutes and massage oil was applied to their legs. As follows, one of the legs was massaged for 10 minutes. The next step was to take a quadriceps muscle biopsy from both legs. This was done again 2.5 hours later and the muscle biopsies were examined. What turned out was that the inflammation in the leg that had received a massage treatment had reduced.
Mapping biochemical processes
Many people have already experienced how beneficial a massage can be after exercise. It is no news that massage has a pain-relieving effect. The point was that until recently there was no scientific evidence for this. Only the experiences of the patients were taken into account. This is one of the first studies that actually focuses on the biochemical processes that take place in the muscle itself. Massage appears to stimulate biochemical sensors that send signals to the affected muscle cells, which produce an anti-inflammatory response. In addition, according to this research, massage stimulates the production of mitochondria, or the power plants of cells, which stimulates muscle recovery
Starting point for further research
The results of this study require more research. Because only 11 subjects were examined, we can speak of a very small-scale study here. Nevertheless, the results are very remarkable and invite further study. The results of this research were published in the magazine Science Translational Medicine.