Could Caffeine Reduce Pain?

If you’ve come in for massage therapy at our Edmonds chiropractic clinic before, you’re probably familiar with the idea that you’re not supposed to drink coffee for a while after your treatment. Knowing this, it can therefore come as quite a surprise that recent studies are suggesting at a link between coffee and a decreased chance of suffering muscular pain.

According to an article published in the Journal of Pain, researchers theorized that caffeine serves to block a chemical that is called adenosine. This chemical is released by your body in response to an injury, activating your pain receptors and causing inflammation. They then conducted an experiment wherein some subjects drank the equal of two cups of brewed coffee one hour prior to physical activity. The results showed that those who drank the caffeine experienced less pain following their activity.