LOS ANGELES, CA – 15 Dec, 2015 – Top university specialist research groups have most recently broken ground on the incredible, previously unknown benefits that individuals can reap from body massaging.
While the originators of the massage therapy, the Chinese, have utilized this technique for centuries on end to treat all manner of medical conditions, it hasn’t been until recently that western medical research has begun to legitimately, scratch the surface, so to speak about the profound beneficial effects of massaging. Despite its widespread popularity as a muscle pain relieving technique, little scientific information was actually known about how it actually relieves muscle pain, let alone other benefits or effects that it might have had.
The best that past study had established was only that a well administered massage session significantly reduced muscle pain but any information about the actual mechanism of pain relief was scanty to say the least. It has now been established that massaging relieves sores by literally turning on genes that are associated with muscle healing and repair whilst simultaneously deactivating the genes associated with inflammation. This has concretely contradicted the prevailing theory by medical experts that massaging assists to squeeze out lactic acid as well as other wastes from the inflamed muscle.
This newly postulated theory about activation and deactivation of specific genes during massaging was received rather cynically at first up until it was scientifically proved. Mark Tarnopolsky, a researcher specializing in neuro-metabolism from the Mcmaster University in Hamilton, Canada, was such a skeptic of this newly found mechanism until he himself along with colleagues performed comprehensive laboratory tests to establish the validity of this newly found theory.
Mr Tarnopolsky had himself suffered a hamstring injury in a water-skiing accident about 7 years ago and had to undergo massage therapy as part of the rehabilitation regime that had been prescribed. The therapy proved to be so effective that according to him, “there had to be a psychological basis for this…” he said. He went on to add that, “… and being a cellular scientist, my interest is in the cellular basis.”
In his research, Mr. Tarnopolsky along with fellow colleagues recruited 11 young male volunteers who underwent a highly strenuous cycling exercise session that left their muscles sore and damaged. 10 minutes after their work out, a therapist massaged one of their sore legs. Tissue samples were in the meantime collected from their quadriceps; once before the work out, 10 minutes post-workout and finally 3 hours after the workout. A comparison of the genetic profiles of each sample was then made.
It was detected that there were more indications of cell repair and inflammation in the post-workout samples than in the pre-workout samples which really came as no surprise. What actually baffled the researchers was the significant increase (30%) of the PGC-1alpha gene within the massaged cells. This gene is responsible for aiding muscle cells synthesize or make mitochondria which convert the cell’s food into much needed energy. It was additionally found that the massaged cells also contained at least 3 times as much NFkB as that found in non-massaged cells. The NFkB is directly responsible for activating genes associated with muscle inflammation.
The results were published in the Science Translational Medicine online journal and suggested that massage enhances faster healing whilst suppressing inflammation post-exercise. There was no evidence found to support the long held claims that massage helps clear lactic acid, a by product of muscle tiredness that is firmly believed to cause soreness.
Research has further proved beyond reasonable doubt that the benefits of massaging extend far beyond relieving muscle pain.
According to Tiffany Field, a Pediatrics Professor who is founder and head of the Touch Research Institute (TRI) at the University of Miami, School of Medicine, massage, as it turns out, can assist babies born prematurely gain weight as well as assist in soothing the joint pains for arthritis patients. In addition, other surprising benefits of massaging include strengthening immunity as well as alleviating high blood pressure, relieving pain from surgeries and burns amongst other benefits.
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