Can massage change the resting muscle tone in skeletal muscles? A pilot study on athletes with an objective measurement method.”
Several studies indicate that an increase in muscle tone may lead to sustainable muscular pain. Massage therapy is a commonly used method to deal with increased muscle tone, though the effect of this has not been thoroughly examined with objective measurements. In this study we examine the effect of massage on skeletal muscle tone.
Five athletes were given 20 minutes cross friction massage once weekly over 4 weeks. Resting muscle tone was measured with a Myotonometer (Myoton 2) and EMG was used to exclude neurogenic activity. Results after the massage showed a decrease in muscular resting tone in 16 out of 20 measurements (0,001) The average deduction was 3,3 % and the largest reduction 11,5 % This indicates that massage therapy may be a useful treatment to decrease resting muscular tone but to find out if this effect is sustainable needs further studies.