How Massage Therapy Can Help With Muscle Growth

Thursday, January 28th, 2021
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After a tough workout, it is normal for your muscles to feel sore. Rest days, proper hydration, and healthy nutrition are all important for muscle recovery and growth. Massage therapy can be a great option to add to your routine! Read on to find out what benefits you can get with this therapy.

An increase in circulation

Normally, your muscles will begin to recover and grow right after a workout. Always hydrate after and if it is part of your routine, eat a meal with plenty of protein. These steps will help with blood circulation, which allows your muscles to rebuild and repair.

Massage therapy is known to increase circulation as well. This not only helps with muscle growth but it helps you to recover and feel better faster. You could get a massage one to three times a week, depending upon your workout routine, to get this benefit.

More flexibility

No matter what your workout entails, it is best to use your full range of motion during every repetition. Doing this helps you build strength, endurance, and muscle. But, if you aren’t flexible, you won’t have a good range of motion.

Massage therapy helps loosen your muscles and other tissues, which gives you better flexibility. As forms of self-massage, static stretching and foam rolling can help with this. But, sports massage can also provide these benefits and be more relaxing.

Less pain

Those who do a lot of cardio or lifting know what intense pain feels like. Even those who train hard and are experts in their chosen sport feel sore and exhausted after an event. Researchers looking into the benefits of massage therapy chose to study participants who completed the Ironman Triathlon for this reason. In
this study, published in the Journal of Physiotherapy, the authors found that participants who received massages on their legs directly after the event did experience less pain than those who did not.

Faster muscle recovery

Your muscles will become sore one to three days after a big workout. This is actually a sign that they are in the growth phase. But, if your muscles are TOO sore, that could get in the way of further workouts. Getting massage therapy at this stage not only supports muscle growth, it can also help you feel better faster. It does this by increasing oxygenation in the blood to help remove toxins to loosen the tissues.

Better sleep

Can getting better quality sleep really help increase muscle growth? It can! When you sleep, your body releases a hormone from the pituitary gland known as human growth hormone (HGH). The hormone is responsible for bone growth as children age, but also for a number of other functions at any age. These include decreasing fat retention, increasing energy, and increasing muscle and bone mass. Massage therapy is known to improve the duration and quality of sleep, which means you will also see an increase in HGH production.

Interested in learning more about massage therapy?

Getting this therapy is known to help in many areas of life, not just fitness. If you would like to add massage to your routine, give Back To Basics Massage Studio a call today! We offer a variety of services including Sports Massage, Cupping Therapy, and Acupuncture. You can reach us at (806) 322-3706 for more information.