How Massage Heals Sore Muscles

 

 
The New York Times

HEALTH   | February 06, 2012

By NICHOLAS BAKALAR

 A massage after vigorous exercise unquestionably feels good, and it seems to reduce pain and help muscles recover. Many people — both athletes and health professionals – have long contended it eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. But until now no one has understood why massage has this apparently beneficial effect. Now researchers have found what happens to muscles when a masseur goes to work on them more…