Massage Contributes to Building Muscle

Sharon Jackson, RMT, frequently works with patients who are recovering from injury, illness, and the elderly. Aside from the more common known benefits of improved mood, lowered cortisol levels, better circulation, and reduction in muscle tension, it is now becoming clinically proven that it can support muscle growth.

According to an article by Massage Therapy Canada,  aging, injury, or illness are major factors that limit one’s ability to exercise. Resting is key for recovery, but often results in muscle atrophy.

However, Dr. Esther Dupont-Versteegden of the University of Kentucky’s College of Health Sciences (CHS) and her UK CHS colleague Dr. Tim Butterfield have been doing a study that shows promise: massage is relatively inexpensive, non-invasive, and helps with muscle mass recovery.

She says: “Don’t run out and get a massage when you read this,” she laughed. “It might make you feel good, but it won’t turn you into a body builder.”

Read the full article here.

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—- “Researchers explore massage therapy as muscle builder.” Massage Therapy Canada, Annex Business Media publication, 24 July 2017,