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Ask any athlete who’s gotten a therapeutic massage to address the aches and pains that often accompany a tough training regimen and they’re likely to sign the praises of massage therapy. Sure, it helps them feel better…but does it help them perform better?

A fascinating article from Massage Magazine explores this question, and details the many benefits of massage that may directly impact athletic performance.

Reduce Inflammation

An article in the publication, Science Translational Medicine, explores research that indicates massage may reduce inflammation after athletic training as anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen does.

Improve Recovery

Massage may speed recovery among athletes and help the body heal itself. This is done by breaking down adhesions and scar tissue, and improving blood flow and circulation.

Injury Prevention

One of the therapists quoted in the article, Mark Dixon based in Newport Beach, California, states that, “massage therapy can reduce the risk of soft-tissue injury.” This is extremely important to athletes of all levels, as being sidelined for an injury can be very disappointing and frustrating. Exercise is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle, improving fitness, happiness, and overall quality of life. Participating in sports can also provide a sense of community, camaraderie, and accomplishment that are greatly missed when forced to sit out for days, weeks, or even longer, not to mention that pain and discomfort that generally accompanies even a minor injury.

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Whether you’re an elite amateur or professional athlete or a weekend warrior it seems to make a lot of sense to incorporate massage therapy into your training schedule.

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