After a heavy and
rigorous exercise, people usually feel muscular pains and aches.
According to the
scientists one can get prompt relief in such pains
by moderate massage.
Lars Anderson, the
lead author of the study and a professor at the Copenhagen National Research
Center for the Working Environment said that massage
is a good method to get
rid of common body aches.
effective relief and relaxes body's tired muscles after a hectic schedule.
The scientist enrolled
20 women and analyzed the effect of massage on women experiencing fatigue and
body aches after a heavy workouts. The women were asked to do shoulder exercises
and were bound to resistance machine.
This levied burden on
the trapezius muscles present between shoulder and neck.
After two days the
volunteers began to complain of having aches and pains in trapezius muscle.
The extent of pain was
measured at the scale of 5 to 10. At the start of the workout the pain strength
During the second part
of the study 10 volunteers were given 10-minutes massage on one shoulder while
the rest half of the volunteers did light exercise
for another 10 minutes. The
10-minute exercise regime involved movement of shoulder muscles. An elastic
tube was used to give resistance to the volunteers while doing workout.
The conclusion drawn
from the study was that the shoulders not receiving any massage or exercising
were in poor shape while the other shoulder which received massage and
exercised were in better shape.
Anderson said that
this study will help athletes improve their performance in competitions.
Well it is quite
unclear as to how light exercise and massage help reduce pain and soreness. The
researchers believed that probably massages help in eliminating metabolic
wastes related with tissue destruction.
Light workouts mitigate pain but the effect is
transient. The massage however improves an individual's performance and does
not require professional service providers.