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16.11.2016 | Original Article | Ausgabe 1/2017

European Journal of Applied Physiology 1/2017

An acute session of roller massage prolongs voluntary torque development and diminishes evoked pain

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European Journal of Applied Physiology > Ausgabe 1/2017
Autoren:
Mark Tyler Cavanaugh, Alexander Döweling, James Douglas Young, Patrick John Quigley, Daniel David Hodgson, Joseph H. D. Whitten, Jonathan C. Reid, Saied Jalal Aboodarda, David G. Behm
Wichtige Hinweise
Communicated by Olivier Seynnes.

Abstract

Introduction

Roller massage (RM) has been reported to reduce pain associated with exercise-induced muscle soreness and increase range of motion without force or activation impairments. The objective was to examine RM effects on evoked pain and contractile properties.

Methods

Twelve men received three sets of 30-s RM at a perceived discomfort level of 7/10 on a visual analogue scale on the ipsilateral (IPSI-R) stimulated plantar flexors (PF), contralateral PF (CONTRA-R), Sham (light rolling on stimulated PF), or Control. At pre-test, post-test, and 5-min post-test, they received evoked maximal twitch, tetanus, and 70% maximal tetanic stimulation, and performed a maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC). Data analysis included perceived pain and contractile properties.

Results

The 70% tetanus illustrated significant 9–10% increases in pain perception with Sham and Control at post- and 5-min post-test, respectively (p < 0.01). There was no pain augmentation with IPSI-R and CONTRA-R. There were no main effects or interactions for most contractile properties. However, MVIC force developed in the first 200 ms showed 9.5% (p = 0.1) and 19.1% (p = 0.03) decreases with IPSI-R at post-test and 5-min post-test.

Conclusion

Data suggest that RM-induced neural inhibition decreased MVIC F200 and nullified the testing-induced increase in evoked pain associated with 70% tetanic stimulation.

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