The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Does sports massage affect recovery from exercise?

    Sports massage is a popular treatment to speed recovery after strenuous exercise.

    Researchers from The Ohio State University in Columbus reviewed its effectiveness.

    First, the details.

    • Literature searches identified eligible studies for review.

    And, the results.

    • 10 studies reported moderate benefit with massage therapy.
      • There was no correlation between the type and timing of massage and any specific outcomes.
    • Studies that evaluated the symptoms of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) reported benefit.
      • DOMS describes the muscle pain and soreness felt 12 to 48 hours following exercise.

    The bottom line?
    Sports massage targets deep muscle and uses oil and rapid movements, particularly of the forearm, elbow, and wrist.

    The authors concluded that massage therapy “facilitates recovery from repetitive muscular contractions [aka exercise].”

    Results from a recent study of the effect of massage on DOMS is summarized here.

    9/25/08 21:04 JR

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