Massage & Blood Circulation
This 2010 study from Auburn University (AL) demonstrates the effectiveness of increasing peripheral blood flow by performing neck and shoulder massage. The blood flow (and associated local body temperature) increased not only at the massage site, but also at distal areas not worked on by the massage therapist. Click here to access the abstract from the National Institutes of Health website (PubMed), entitled “Therapeutic massage of the neck and shoulders produces changes in peripheral blood flow when assessed with dynamic infrared thermography.”
Massage & Exercise
Massage and sore muscles: A 2012 study published in Science Translational Medicine demonstrated that massage post-exercise reduces inflammation (via the reduction of cytokine production) and speeds muscle repair (via mitochondria stimulation). We all knew that massage felt great after an exhuasting workout but now we know why! For a summary of the study, click here for the NY Times article; for the full article published by Science Translational Medicine, click here.