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Mackenzie Lobby June 06, 2012 TWEET COMMENTS 1

Learn Self Massage to Run and Feel Better

The road to healthy running isn’t the same for everyone. Some runners are genetically gifted with optimal physiology, while others struggle ...

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The road to healthy running isn’t the same for everyone. Some runners are genetically gifted with optimal physiology, while others struggle to put in even a few miles without encountering an injury. Treating and preventing injuries may include a myriad of techniques and therapies, such as stretching, strength work and physical therapy.

While those treatments work for some, a growing number of runners are discovering real relief in massage. In fact, a recent study out of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario showed, for the first time, how effective massage might be. This research, published in Science Translational Medicine, had participants exercise and then gave them a 10-minute massage on one quadriceps, but not the other (http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/4/119/119ra13). After taking muscle biopsies of both legs, the results revealed that the side that received the massage had reduced inflammation.

This means that the healing process post-exercise was kick started more quickly, allowing for damaged muscle tissue to begin repairing. What’s more, massage is something you can do on your own, free of charge, even at home or in your office chair.



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