Finally, a manly excuse to get a massage: It refuels your workout. According to a new study, a post-sweat rubdown promotes recovery and relieves pain in the same way anti-inflammatory meds (ie: ibuprofen) do. In the study, 11 guys biked to exhaustion. Afterwards, they had just one of their legs massaged. The kneaded leg had fewer signs of muscle inflammation—which lead to soreness—than untouched leg. How come? When you work out hard (think: The Spartacus Workout), your muscles tear, releasing pro-inflammatory substances that make them ache. “Massage improves your body’s ability to make the proteins needed for energy that goes towards rebuilding muscles torn or strained during a workout,” says Simon Melov, Ph.D., and lead researcher of the study. So when should you hit up a masseuse? Melov says that the pros are onto something. Ever seen a guy fresh off the field headed to a trainer’s table? It makes sense: The study found that the largest differences in inflammation were seen in having a massage immediately after a tough workout. If you can’t afford the rubdown, at least make sure you’re fueling up right after a gym session.
There are so many benefits to Massage other than after a stressful week. If you have a workout plan and you are not currently getting a massage on a regular basis try it out. This will help keep you on the field and in the gym. PT Squared Physical therapy and personal training has a licensed massage therapists that has great experience with athletes. We are located in the heart of the Collierville Town square. If you have any questions feel free to give us a call at 901-221-2619 or email email@example.com.