In an article titled, “Is massage better than OTC pain relievers?” a Fox News reporter writes, “Numerous studies show that massage relieves pain, and there’s no shortage of anecdotal evidence that a good massage can work the kinks out of your muscles and relax your mind and body. In fact, 90 percent of adults believe that massage is effective in reducing pain, according to a survey by the American Massage Therapy Association.”

The article focuses on a study published in Science Translational Medicine that looked at the effects of massage therapy on volunteers who had engaged in vigorous exercise.

“Vigorous exercise causes mini tears in muscles, which leads to inflammation … The researchers theorized that this milder inflammatory response [post-massage] may reduce pain by the same mechanism as conventional non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil and Motrin,” the article stated.

MASSAGE Magazine reported on the study in early February, in an article titled, “Research Shows How Massage Reduces Inflammation and Promotes Growth of Mitochondria in Skeletal Muscle.”