The researchers examined the muscle cells using gene-profiling techniques. They found that the massaged limbs switched on genes that block inflammation. In addition, the kneaded muscles showed higher activation of pathways that promote mitochondria, the structures inside cells that generate energy.
Mitochondria aid cells in capturing and using oxygen, so fitter muscles tend to have more mitochondria.
Because post-exercise massage appears to enhance those gene pathways, the new research suggests that massage could play an important role in muscle pain relief and muscle building.
"There's general agreement that massage feels good, now we have a scientific basis for the experience,"
The study was published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
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