A 2015 study by researchers from Ohio State University and the University of Pittsburgh found that massage done soon after exercise “increases the percentage of regenerating muscle fibers”. This means your massage is doing even more than healing your sore, tight or painful muscles.
Why is it so important to maintain muscle mass and regenerate muscle fibers?
Sarcopenia, also known as muscle loss as you age, occurs at a yearly rate. This means your metabolism is slowing down, your range of motion can become limited, your energy can become lowered and you can have an increased likelihood of bone fractures. After the age of 30, muscle loss can begin at a rate of 3%-5% or about 1lb per year. Starting at the age of 40, the rate can climb to 8% and at age 70, it increases up to 15%. The good news is that massage, along with exercise, can combat the effects and slow the decline of muscle loss.
The most helpful types of deep tissue massage in regenerating muscle fibers include myofascial release, trigger point work, sports massage, and Ashiatsu.
Massage Assists in the Regeneration of Muscle Fibers By:
- Increasing blood flow and oxygen to the muscles
- Decreasing lactic acid build-up after regular exercise
- Reducing inflammation and enhancing the recovery of cells in the muscles
- Releasing nerve blockages that are trapped in the complex fascial matrix
- Increasing flexibility and movement of muscles by realigning muscle fibers
For deep tissue therapy by advanced massage therapists, please feel free to call us with any questions you might have. We are East Bridge Massage in Portland, OR. Our experienced licensed massage therapists are available seven days a week.