A public affairs graduate from George Washington University and attorney, Alan S. Cohn served as CEO of Avesis, a company that provides vision and dental healthcare to residents across the United States. Currently the CEO of AbsoluteCARE, Alan S. Cohn oversees a holistic approach to caring for people with chronic illnesses. One of the treatment techniques used by AbsoluteCARE is massage.
Massage does more than just provide stress relief, it’s also an effective treatment for muscle and joint pain. This is because massage eases inflammation, reduces muscle tightness, and improves blood flow.
A 2012 research project published in Science Translational Medicine sought to find out the effects of massage on muscles after a workout. Participants took part in physical activity, after which one of their legs was massaged while the other was left to recover on its own. After performing biopsies on both legs, researchers found that massage reduced the production of cytokines, the body compounds that cause inflammation. They also found that massage stimulated cell mitochondria to convert glucose into energy used by the body for healing.
As if managing inflammation and improving energy synthesis was not enough, massage also improves blood flow to the muscles, significantly reducing muscles spasms. Muscle spasms occur because of poor oxygen absorption and the buildup of lactic acid in the muscles. By improving blood flow, massage improves oxygen absorption and clears out lactic acid, thereby reducing muscle soreness.