Skeletal muscle injuries are among the most common and frequently disabling injuries sustained by athletes and “weekend warriors” alike. Massage therapy is commonly used for physical rehabilitation of skeletal muscles to manage pain and promote injury recovery. Current research also suggests an additional benefit to massage after injury–a reduction in inflammation and swelling.
A major study conducted by the Buck Institute for Research on Aging and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario indicates that massage therapy reduces inflammation of skeletal muscle acutely damaged through exercise. The study provides evidence for the benefits of massage therapy for those with musculoskeletal injuries and potentially for those with inflammatory disease, according to the lead author of the research.