So What? The Effectiveness of Massage
Massage can be an effective form of rejuvenation and recovery for athletes. New research has shown that in addition to the positive physiological effects of massage, massage actually effects muscle cells in jumpstarting recovery. “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,” (New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/health/nutrition/18fitness.html?pagewa...
Massage is the primary treatment for muscle spasms but it can also be used with other treatments such as rest, stretching, and icing to help athletes recover from numerous injuries involving muscles and/or inflammation. Massage help athletes perform at their best, even after suffering from an injury.