Massage as a Mechanotherapy for Skeletal Muscle

Douglas W. Van Pelt, Marcus M. Lawrence, Benjamin F. Miller, Timothy A. Butterfield, Esther E. Dupont-Versteegden

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Massage is anecdotally associated with many health benefits, but physiological and clinically relevant mechanisms recently have begun to be investigated in a controlled manner. Herein, we describe research supporting our hypothesis that massage can be used as a mechanotherapy imparting biologically relevant adaptations in skeletal muscle and improving muscle properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-114
Number of pages8
JournalExercise and Sport Sciences Reviews
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2021

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  • atrophy
  • exercise
  • massage
  • mechanotherapy
  • skeletal muscle

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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