22 Apr, 2014

Science Proves Benefits of Massage

New research from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) has confirmed the scientific benefits of massage. It has been proven to improve vascular function in people who don’t exercise. This suggests that the benefits of massage are reaped, by all regardless of how much exercise they do. The researchers discovered that massage improves general blood flow and provides relief for sore muscles after exercise.

Shane Phillips is an associate professor at UIC, he points out that this new research proves what many have suspected for centuries.

“Improved circulation and relief of muscle soreness are common claims made for massage’s benefits, but no studies have substantiated such claims till date.”

“Our study validates the value of massage in exercise and injury, which has been previously recognised but based on minimal data,” added Nina Cherie Franklin, a post-doctoral fellow at UIC.

The research project aimed to discover whether massage would improve systemic circulation and reduce post-exercise muscle soreness. They got healthy sedentary adults to exercise their legs until they were sore then gave half of them leg massages afterwards.

The results revealed that those test subjects who were massaged suffered from no soreness 90 minutes after the massage, while the other half were still sore 24 hours later.

“We believe that massage is really changing physiology in a positive way. This is not just blood flow speeds – this is actually a vascular response,” Franklin added.

This research shows that even people with limited mobility or those who don’t exercise very much can enjoy the benefits of massage. Whether you’re a keep fit freak or a layabout, there’s a scientifically proven reason to enjoy a massage at your nearest Spa Experience. 

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