Massaging injured muscles can help them heal. A study on mice suggests that djiledesign/Getty images
A study on mice shows that massaging injured muscles can increase healing by clearing out immune cells that hinder tissue regrowth.
According to Bo Ri Seo, a Harvard University professor, this approach could help patients with muscle injuries due to blood clots and/or physical damage.
Massage is often used to ease muscle pain after exercising or minor strains. However, it's not known if massage has any long-term benefits. Massage is thought to increase blood flow and disperse harmful substances.