EFFECTS ON RACE RECOVERY
Athletes believe massage helps to improve blood f low, reducing the amount of lactic acid in the system and reducing muscular fatigue post-race. Some research has shown that manual massage does not increase arterial blood flow, which would remove the lactic acid. However, people tend to relax with gentle massage and, through this muscular relaxation, the lactic acid can be removed more quickly because the muscle tone in the muscle is reduced. Others say the placebo effect is so strong that athletes believe the massage removes lactic acid so they do not feel the same soreness in the following days regardless.