Massage and Lactic Acid
From the desk of Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS...
Many claim that massage helps to ‘flush out’ lactic acid levels after a bout of exercise or after a sporting event.
Research is now telling us a different story.
Scientists are beginning to isolate the exact physiological mechanisms at play that aid in the recovery of muscles.
Through examining biopsies of muscles after exercise and post-exercise massage, massage therapy reduced exercise-related inflammation by dampening activity of a protein called NF-kB. Massage also seemed to help cells recover by boosting amounts of another protein called PGC-1alpha, which spurs production of new mitochondria – a component inside muscle cells that are crucial for muscle energy generation and adaptation to endurance exercise. The team saw no effect of massage on lactic acid levels .
This has implications for further substantiating the therapeutic benefits of massage therefore increasing the referrals from health care professionals as well as opening the door for more insurance companies to offer massage as a covered service.
1. Brown, E. (Feb 1 2012). Study works out kinks in understanding of massage. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-massage-20120202,0,343517.story
Kristen Lutz, LCMT, MS | Licensed Massage Therapist
Kristen Lutz, a Nationally Certified Licensed Massage Therapist, is a graduate of Cortiva Institute - Boston (formerly Muscular Therapy Institute) in Watertown, MA. As a member of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) and Massachusetts Chapter of the AMTA, her work is centered upon supporting clients in achieving optimal health and well being through listening and understanding individual needs . She integrates various massage techniques into each personalized session. These techniques include Swedish (relaxation), deep tissue, sports massage, orthopedic massage, neuromuscular (trigger point) therapy, and myofascial release along with stretching, range of motion, and breath work. She is currently training to be certified in Advanced Orthopedic Massage. Having completed the Usui Method Reiki II Certification, clients can benefit from the integration of energy work and balancing along with massage therapy.
Clients benefit from Kristen's approach that each client is unique and no one treatment is alike. This customized approach leads to a more effective treatment. Kristen, a New England native, has been living in Boston for the past seven years. She graduated with a B.S. in Exercise and Sport Sciences from Colby-Sawyer College in New London, NH while playing collegiate women's volleyball. She continued with her education and graduated with a M.S. in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University in Boston, MA and has worked in the health and wellness field as an exercise physiologist.