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The effect of massage: Improves muscle formation and regeneration.

I came across an interesting bit of research, on how massage not only improves muscle recovery but also how it can improve muscle strength and growth.

What does it show?

The research shows that the effect of massage is not just feeling good, stretching, and relaxing the muscles but also “rapidly clears immune cells called neutrophils out of severely injured muscle tissue” [1]

The research also shows how the loading provided, clears immunes and inflammatory cells which lead to muscle regeneration, it also found that treated muscles a greater reduction in damaged muscle fibres, these fibres also had an increased area and strength. Clearing these at an early stage resulted in better muscle regeneration and increase muscle size.

Research is still ongoing to see if the same effect is in age related muscle deterioration.

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