New research from two US universities has shown that a massage can assist in muscle growth and increase the regrowth of muscle tissue after injury.
Published in the Journal of Physiology, the research showed that massage improved protein production, helping muscles to grow faster.
While massage therapy has often been used in rehabilitation programs, this study has found that the regrowth effect works even when you massage an opposite, uninjured limb.
“if you injured one leg and couldn’t massage it because of that injury, we now have evidence suggesting that massaging the other non-injured leg could lead to benefits in the injured leg,” explained study author Karyn Hamilton from Colorado State University’s Department of Health and Exercise Science.
As the fitness world tunes in to the importance of recovery and self-care, this study shows that a massage can do much more than just make you feel good.