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What massage does to your muscles at a molecular level...

Updated: Nov 19, 2018

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How does sport massage actually work at a molecular level? In brief, it switches off a muscle's inflammatory response (like Ibuprofen and aspirin do) and stimulates the production of mitochondria (a cell's energy supply). The result of both of these processes is a faster healing time for tired muscles and enhanced endurance levels.

I can't imagine volunteering to have my legs cut open to prove this, but some brave souls did... Here's a link to a short article in the Wall Street Journal detailing the research:

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