Does pressing on/massaging muscles that are sore from exercises benefit to speed recovery?

Pressing on or massaging muscles do help to speed up your recovery the next day and it has been mentioned by many health and fitness professionals.

They believe that any form of massages or bodyworks by a health fitness professionals, can help to remove muscles soreness. There is a direct benefit to massage and other bodywork techniques for soreness after working out.

After a workout the small fibers in the muscles break down and regenerate to grow bigger. Soreness after a workout are due to lactic acid build up within the muscle tissues. Massage helps to flush off the build up through applied pressure to the area and moving towards the lymph node and heart.

Lymph helps take toxins away from muscles and speeds blood flow, which will bring in new nutrients to the area and promote healing of torn and sore muscles.

Sometimes, high intensity exercises can result in microtears in the muscle tissue, wherein massage will have the added benefit of flushing old blood out and allowing new blood into the tissue, speeding up the healing process and aiding in quick pain relief.

Properly applied massage can reduce soreness and inflamation and also reduces recovery time and also may enhance recovery response and may contribute to and enhance muscles.

However, different people response differently. It is really up to the body and how it reacts to the pressure for a lot of people pressure pointing or trigger point if done correctly can be sores but it will help the recovery time.

Massage would also benefit you greatly by warming up the muscles and encouraging the healing process. The massage therapist will also help you stretch targeted muscles. Along with self-massage, stretch thoroughly after a workout. Feel the stretch and hold for about 20 seconds. Do this three times on each area. This stretching will hurt a bit because the muscles will be tight, but it will help you feel better. Make sure that you always stretch before your workouts as well. Drink lots of water and eat a good amount of protein and fats. That will give muscles the energy they need to heal and regenerate.

The acute physiological adaptation to massage reduces the production of cytokines, which play a critical role in inflammation, but also stimulates mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses inside cells that convert glucose into the energy essential for cell function and repair. That helps the muscle adapt to the demands of increased exercise. With massage you can suppress inflammation and actually enhance cell recovery.

The New York Times posted an article about a study in which volunteers were asked to bike until exhausted, then had biopsies taken of their leg muscles with and without massage.

“They found that massage reduced the production of compounds called cytokines, which play a critical role in inflammation. Massage also stimulated mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses inside cells that convert glucose into the energy essential for cell function and repair.”

Reducing the inflammation reduces the pain, but whereas anti-inflammatory medications can actual impede muscle building, massage promotes it by stimulating mitochondrial growth, too.

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Yes. Massage will increase circulation and improve blood flow to sore muscles, reducing soreness as will the all-important stretching.

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