Athletes appreciate the relaxation provided by a good massage. A study from McMaster University in Canada has demonstrated that people suffering with chronic inflammation can also benefit greatly. A 10 minute massage sends biochemical messages to muscle cells that help reduce inflammation. It also stimulates the cells to create more mitochondria, the energy factories of muscle cells. The study included 11 young men who bicycled for more than an hour and a half, then underwent massage before muscle biopsy. The scientists were surprised that the very short massage had such profound effects. Perhaps we could all use a little massage now and then for its healing properties.
[Science Translational Medicine, Feb. 1, 2012]