Can my doctor actually recommend massage?
A recent study in Science Translational Medicine revealed that just a ten minute massage can oftentimes decrease chronic inflammation. Doctors are beginning to recommend a massage on their patient’s medical charts. Consequently, insurance companies are now able to cover the service. Make sure to check with your doctor and insurance company here in Lee’s Summit before assuming. Molecular biologist, Simon Melov from the Buck Institute on Aging explained, “What massage seems to do is reduce the inflammatory response as a function of the damage you incurred while you’re exercising.”
Melov and his colleagues studied 11 healthy males by having them participate in a work out which tested their maximum ability on a stationary bike. A third sample was also taken from the legs, after receiving a ten-minute massage.
Tissue samples from the after-workout massaged leg muscles were greatly different from those who had not received a massage. The massaged samples possessed much less of a protein known as NF-kB. The protein is responsible for creating inflammation following exercise.
Massage can help the cells in our body recover by increasing the amount of PGC-1alpha (another protein), which speeds up the production of mitochondria cells. This process increases the level of muscle energy generated during exercise.