01 February 2012
Vol 4, Issue 119

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ONLINE COVER Burning Thighs. After a bout of heavy exercise on a stationary bike, thigh muscles show microscopic tears and inflammation. Crane and his colleagues find a treatment that can reduce inflammation and promote healing—massage. The mechanosensitive signaling pathways activated by the pushing and kneading of a massage reduce inflammatory signals inside muscle cells and promote the synthesis of new organelles, such as mitochondria. [CREDIT: FOTOSEARCH]