Stem cells, angiogenesis and muscle healing: a potential role in massage therapies?

Best, T. M., Gharaibeh, B., & Huard, J. (2013). Stem cells, angiogenesis and muscle healing: a potential role in massage therapies? British Journal of Sports Medicine, 47(9), 556–60.

This review paper explores mechanisms by which massage-based therapies can help improve muscle function and recovery from intense exercise. The paper describes the skeletal muscle injury and healing process and several possible mechanisms of action. There are several findings included in the article, including research on massage therapy dosage and scheduling and specific mechanism pathways (see full text for details). Some of the article language is very technical.

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