Friday, April 12, 2013

Exercise as good as massage for sore muscles

English: Chair massage at Novell BrainShare 2007.
English: Chair massage at Novell BrainShare 2007. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The aches and pains people suffer after working out more than usual can be relieved just as well by exercise as by massage, according to a new study.

"It's a common belief that massage is better, but it isn't better. Massage and exercise had the same benefits," said Lars Andersen, the lead author of the study and a professor at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Copenhagen.

Earlier research has shown that massage can offer some relief from work out soreness.

To see how well light exercise compares, Andersen and his colleagues asked 20 women to do a shoulder exercise while hooked up to a resistance machine.

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