Fitness Connection | 2810 E Trinity Mills Rd | Carrollton, TX

January 6, 2022 | 0 Comments

Fitness Connection

2810 E Trinity Mills Rd
Carrollton, Texas 75006-2351
Phone/Text: 682-300-9998

Located in the Mills Pointe shopping center at the SE corner of E Trinity Mills Rd and Marsh Ln in Carrollton, TX.

Next time you finish one of those “I’m going to be sore for days” endurance workouts, try a quick massage. Your friends may poke fun of you as a lightweight, but you could be helping your muscles recover faster.

In a recent study, researchers put 11 young, healthy men through an intense workout—the kind that’s almost too hard to finish. To see the effects of massage on muscles, they took muscle biopsies of both legs—before and after exercise, and after 10 minutes of Swedish-style massage. The massage was given right after the workout.

The brief massage affected two specific genes in the muscle cells. The first gene decreases inflammation caused by exercise, similar to the relief you get from certain pain medications. The second gene turned up production of mitochondria in the muscles. These are the power houses of cells. They use oxygen and the broken down products of food to generate energy needed by the cells.

As muscle cells become adapted to endurance exercise, the number of mitochondria increases. Massage seems to facilitate this process. Other studies have shown that treatments for sore muscles—such as ice baths and anti-inflammatory medications—can reduce inflammation. These tend to block muscle repair and growth. Massage, however, appears to not only make you feel better, but also speed up muscle recovery. Researchers also found that the massage did not decrease the amount of lactic acid in the muscles, something often given as the reason for post-workout massages. Still, this research bumps massage up a notch, making it less awkward to limp up to the massage tables at the end of a big race.

Did your workout get you all tensed up? Come get a massage along with a chiropractic adjustment with us. Call/Text us at 513-580-4930, and schedule an appointment.

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