Short course: Exercise as good as massage for sore muscles

The aches and pains people suffer after working out more than usual can be relieved just as well by exercise as by massage,according to a new study

Published:April 13, 2013 1:19 am

Exercise as good as massage for sore muscles

NEW YORK: The aches and pains people suffer after working out more than usual can be relieved just as well by exercise as by massage,according to a new study. “It’s a common belief that massage is better,but it isn’t better. Massage and exercise had the same benefits,” said Lars Andersen,the lead author of the study and a professor at the National Research Center for the Working Environment in Copenhagen. Andersen and his colleagues asked 20 women to do a shoulder exercise while hooked up to a resistance machine. The women shrugged their shoulders while the machine applied resistance,which engaged the trapezius muscle between the neck and shoulders. Two days later,the women came back to the lab with aching trapezius muscles. On average they rated their achiness as a five on a 10 point scale,up from 0.8 before they had done the shoulder work out. Then the women received a 10-minute massage on one shoulder and did a 10-minute exercise on the other shoulder. REUTERS

Stem cell jab could help cure heart disease

LONDON: Scientists have successfully tested a revolutionary new treatment in heart patients,paving way for a stem cell jab to treat heart diseases. The heart failure breakthrough involves injecting patients with their own stem cells. In a quick and easy procedure,doctors take bone marrow from the patients’ hips before injecting them directly into the heart to strengthen the muscle,the Daily Express reported. With the new ground-breaking treatment at the Mayo Clinic’s Centre for Regenerative Medicine in Rochester,Minnesota,heart pumping function improved within six months for every patient. Patients enjoyed improved fitness,researchers said. “I think it’s an exciting time where regenerative medicine is no longer science fiction. This study is providing clinical evidence for a new approach in cardiovascular regenerative medicine,” Dr Andre Terzic,lead researcher,said. During the trial,45 heart failure patients were treated with a special type of stem cell harvested from the top of the patient’s hip. PTI

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