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Do Massages Even Work?

After a long workout or a stressful day nothing is better than a massage. How does a massage help your muscles and is there any science backing these claims?

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How Massage Heals Sore Muscles
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/06/how-massage-heals-sore-muscles/?_r=0
“Vigorous exercise causes tiny tears in muscle fibers, leading to an immune reaction – inflammation – as the body gets to work repairing the injured cells. So the researchers screened the tissue from the massaged and unmassaged legs to compare their repair processes, and find out what difference massage would make.”

Massage Therapy Attenuates Inflammatory Signaling After Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage
http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/4/119/119ra13
“Massage is a popular treatment-both for its putative healing properties and because it feels good-but is not among the usual tools of physicians.”

Sorting Out Stroking Sensations
http://www.caltech.edu/news/sorting-out-stroking-sensations-38308
“he skin is a human being’s largest sensory organ, helping to distinguish between a pleasant contact, like a caress, and a negative sensation, like a pinch or a burn. Previous studies have shown that these sensations are carried to the brain by different types of sensory neurons that have nerve endings in the skin.”
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