Does massage effect inflammation?

On a molecular level there is evidence to suggest that massage therapy has an anti-inflammatory effect, based on a 2012 research study that looked at inflammation and gene regulation at the molecular level.

As a follow up to this study, researchers at the University of Toronto are looking into possible effects on inflammation. As I understand it the researchers are looking at inflammatory markers measured in the blood after a massage as well as stress hormones adrenalin, epinephrine, norepinephrine, dopamine to see what effect massage has on those signaling molecules. Click the link to hear the researchers discuss their work.

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