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Effect of massage on blood flow in skeletal muscle

PainSci » bibliography » Hovind et al 1974
Tags: massage, manual therapy, treatment

Three articles on PainSci cite Hovind 1974: 1. Does Massage Therapy Work?2. The Pressure Question in Massage Therapy3. Does Massage Increase Circulation?

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Skeletal muscle blood flow was measured before, during and after short application of different forms of massage using the local 133Xenon washout method for determination of blood flow. During maneouvres with tapotement (hacking) an increase in blood flow comparable to exercise hyperemia was observed, and this increase was ascribed to repetitive contractions. A prolonged hyperemia found after tapotement was ascribed to the traumatic procedure. During and after petrissage (kneading) the tissue perfusion did not change significantly. It is uncertain whether the reported changes in blood flow are related to therapeutic effects of massage, but the squeezing effect of petrissage might be important for lymphatic drainage.

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