Getting an invigorating massage therapy in Toronto and elsewhere unquestionably feels good. Specialists such as athletes and health professionals have long touted its effects, and for good reason: massage helps reduce pain, facilitate muscle recovery, ease inflammation, and reduce muscle tightness. Several studies even claim that massage therapy is also as potent as painkillers like ibuprofen or aspirin. But how? What goes on behind the scenes, and is there really some sort of “miracle” at work here?
In fact, there’s no “miracle” here, only science. Several researchers believe they have pinpointed the exact inner workings of a massage, using a simple experiment: have a group of people exercise to the point of exhaustion, then facilitate massage therapy to a few select individuals and see how their muscles recover as opposed to those who didn’t receive a massage.