Video: MTF Research Grant Studies Massage for Muscle Atrophy
Posted:Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Watch the short video below to learn about MTF’s 2019 Research Support Grant, Massage as an Intervention for Muscle Atrophy:
The Massage Therapy Foundation(MTF) has awarded one $30,000 2019 Research Support Grant to the University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, Ky., for their study, Massage as an Intervention for Muscle Atrophy.
This project examines whether massage therapy is effective in decreasing muscle atrophy and helping subjects recover from muscle disuse. Previous studies in animals have demonstrated that cyclic compressive loading (CCL), a practice that mimics massage, will enhance regrowth after and reduce the effects of atrophy during disuse. Preliminary data show the same trend in a human model of muscle atrophy. The results of this study have many applications of interest as massage can be applied in situations where resistance exercise is not possible.