Body Sense

WINTER | 2017

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B O D Y T A L K Massage Alleviates Muscle Soreness After Exercise A recent report published in Frontiers in Physiology found that massage therapy decreases muscle soreness after strenuous exercise. In a systematic review and meta- analysis, researchers evaluated the effects of massage therapy on alleviating delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and muscle performance after strenuous exercise. Researchers found that muscle WSVIRIWWHIGVIEWIHWMKRM½GERXP]JSV participants who received massage intervention after heavy exercise compared with those who had no intervention. Massage therapy also improved muscle maximal isometric force and peak torque. 8LI½RHMRKWWYKKIWXXLEX massage therapy after strenuous exercise could be effective for alleviating DOMS and improving muscle performance. To read the full study, go to www.ncbi.nlm.nih. gov/pmc/articles/PMC5623674. Body Sense 3

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