Does massage help tense muscles or muscle soreness?
Does massage help tense muscles or muscle soreness? 6 Feb 2020
A lot of clients visit it us in clinic with tense muscles, which over time can lead to achy muscles and this in turn can then lead to episodes of muscle pain. Muscle tension refers to the condition in which muscles of the body remain semi-contracted for an extended period. Muscle tension is frequently caused by the physiological effects of stress. Massage is well documented to reduce muscle tension (see top two references). In addition what is also known to help are
Muscle soreness, or to be more precise delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) is the stiffness and sometimes pain felt in muscles 24 to 72 hours after exercise, sporting or physical activity. If you are someone that is prone to DOMS reading my previous blog posts may help:
Many athletes believe that sports massage helps DOMS and there is scientific evidence to supports this. (See bottom 4 references).
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Ernst E. Does post-exercise massage treatment reduce delayed onset muscle soreness? A systematic review. Br J Sports Med 1998; 32(3): 212-4.
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