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DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) is significantly decreased if you’re able to receive a massage after engaging in strenuous exercise. You’ll also notice that your creatinine level will drop, and your muscles will be enabled to perform better. These are all things that have been proven by a recent research study entitled “Massage Alleviates Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness After Strenuous Exercise: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.” In this study 11 previously published research studies on this topic were reviewed. In doing so, over 500 participants were included within this research.
Getting a Massage After a Workout vs. Your Usual Care
Each of the studies that was included within this meta-analysis consisted of a randomized controlled trial. In each of these trials the comparison between receiving this treatment modality and receiving no care or any type of intervention after exercising was looked at. Some of the other things that were considered here include outcome measures. For this it was important that participants reported a primary feeling of muscle soreness or pain. Secondarily, it was also important that muscle performance and serum creatine kinase be measurable.
Techniques used for the post-exercise massage were 8 types that are used in Sweden as well as the technique that’s traditionally used in China. In each study the body area or muscle region that the technique was used upon varied. This is also true of the duration: The area being focused on let researchers to determine whether the technique was used for anywhere between 6 – 30 minutes at a time.
Timing and frequency also varied depending upon which study you look at. For instance, directly follow eccentric exercise participants in one study received 10 minutes of treatment. This was repeated again 24 hours later. However, in another study the 17 minutes of treatment wasn’t repeated until 48 hours later.
Regardless as to which study was consulted, participants who received treatment reported that they felt like their muscles were significantly less sore afterwards. This was especially true when compared to those who received no intervention whatsoever. The amount of improvement regarding how sore a person’s muscles feel also increased when treatment occurred 48 – 72 hours after an intense workout instead of 24 hours afterwards. In fact, this study discovered that the largest drop in people with sore muscles occurred when treatment was received 48 hours after the participant worked out. These participants also demonstrated a marked decrease in creatine kinase, especially when compared to those who didn’t receive any treatment. The one similarity that occurred between all groups regardless of when they received treatment was that both their maximal isometric force and their peak torque improved.
When you’re searching for an effective way in which to alleviate DOMS, you should consider this type of an intervention. After all, this report demonstrates that treatment won’t only help alleviate muscle soreness but it’ll also help your muscles perform better the next time you exercise.
Now that you know how to properly care for your muscle soreness, make sure you contact Maria’s Professional Massage and make an appointment for after your next workout session.
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