NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Athletes have known for a long time that getting a massage helps their sore muscles feel better. Now there's scientific proof massages can relieve pain.
Researchers in Canada studied muscle tissue samples taken from eleven young men after they had exercised on a stationary bike. They also took tissue samples ten minutes and two-and-half hours after a massage.
They found the massage lowered levels of inflammation and improved the rate at which new cells grew in skeletal muscle, both of which help alleviate pain.
Researchers say this study proves massage may be a justified medical procedure for patients with muscle injuries or inflammatory diseases.
About 18 million Americans get a massage each year.