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Quantitative application of transverse friction massage and its neurological effects on flexor carpi radialis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19027340     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of the study was to determine the effects of transverse friction massage (TFM) on flexor carpi radialis (FCR) motoneuron (MN) pool excitability. Twenty-eight healthy subjects were randomly assigned into massage and control groups. Pre- vs post-TFM H-reflex data were collected. Controls received a rest period instead of massage. Massage dose was standardized by a novel electronic method which recorded the massage rate, momentary pressure and total cumulative pressure (energy). Two-way ANOVA of H/M ratios derived from maximal amplitudes of Hoffman reflexes (Hmax) and motor responses (Mmax) was used to analyze neurological effects and group differences. Analysis of pressure/time curve data showed: mean massage rate was 0.501+/-0.005 Hz; mean duration of massage sessions was 184.6+/-26.4s; mean peak pressure was 4.990+/-1.006 psi. Hmax/Mmax ratios declined from 14.3% to 10.3% for massage (P<0.01) but showed no change for controls (P>0.05). In conclusion a novel quantitative approach to the study of massage has been demonstrated while testing the effects of TFM on FCR MN pool excitability. TFM appears to reduce MN pool excitability. The novel method of quantifying massage permits more rigorous testing of client-centered massage in future research.
Hsin-Min Lee; Shyi-Kuen Wu; Jia-Yuan You
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-11-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  Manual therapy     Volume:  14     ISSN:  1532-2769     ISO Abbreviation:  Man Ther     Publication Date:  2009 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-03     Completed Date:  2009-10-22     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610924     Medline TA:  Man Ther     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  501-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Physical Therapy, I-Shou University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Electric Stimulation
Friction / physiology*
H-Reflex / physiology*
Isometric Contraction / physiology
Massage / methods*
Motor Neurons / physiology*
Muscle, Skeletal / innervation*
Neural Pathways / physiology
Reference Values
Wrist / innervation*

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