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Br J Sports Med. 1998 Sep;32(3):212-4.

Does post-exercise massage treatment reduce delayed onset muscle soreness? A systematic review.

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Department of Complementary Medicine, Postgraduate Medical School, University of Exeter, United Kingdom.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is a frequent problem after unaccustomed exercise. No universally accepted treatment exists. Massage therapy is often recommended for this condition but uncertainty exists about its effectiveness.

AIM:

To determine whether post-exercise massage alleviates the symptoms of DOMS after a bout of strenuous exercise.

METHOD:

Various computerised literature searches were carried out and located seven controlled trials.

RESULTS:

Most of the trials were burdened with serious methodological flaws, and their results are far from uniform. However, most suggest that post-exercise massage may alleviate symptoms of DOMS.

CONCLUSIONS:

Massage therapy may be a promising treatment for DOMS. Definitive studies are warranted.

PMID:
9773168
PMCID:
PMC1756095
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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