There are so many different manual techniques, specifically when it comes to soft-tissue. Many come from the wheelhouse that if it doesn't hurt it isn't serving a purpose. In actuality, it may be doing more at the cellular level than you are aware of. When deciding different recovery options, it is important to fully understand the purpose or why behind each technique.
Traditional soft-tissue is heavily overlooked or entirely misunderstood. Many focus on how post-training massage 'pushes out' the lactic acid formation from activity, when in actuality, researchers from McMaster University have found no impact on lactic acid concentrations and more influence at the cellular level.
A 10-minute traditional Swedish-style massage (specifically effleurage and petrissage strokes) had affects on muscle proteins responsible for reducing inflammation and assisting in cellular recovery immediately following activity. More specifically, muscle biopsies performed found the reduction of Nf-kB, a protein associated with exercise-related inflammation. As well as an increase in the amounts of PGC-1alpha, increasing the production of new mitochondria (your energy powerhouse).
Post-exercise blood concentrations of cortisol were also shown to reduce with massage. This explains the self-reported improvements many state following a massage.
Although the field of massage has not been researched as heavily as other manual techniques, this starts to provide more scientific explanation for treatment.
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