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Effect of Massage on Hamstring Muscle Soreness (IRMA)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lars L. Andersen, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark Identifier:
First received: November 18, 2011
Last updated: June 27, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
Delayed onset muscular soreness peaks in 24-48 hours after unaccustomed strenuous physical exercise. Therapists often provide manual massage with the hands to acutely relief the soreness. Alternatives to manual hand massage can be useful for therapists. Here the investigators examine the acute effect of a "massage roller" on DOMS in the hamstring muscles

Condition Intervention
Musculoskeletal Disorders
Other: Massage

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Danish: Integreret Motion på Arbejdspladsen (IRMA) English: Implementation of Exercise at the Workplace

Further study details as provided by National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Perceived soreness on a scale of 0-10 [ Time Frame: change from before to after massage (average of 0, 10, 30 and 60 min after) ]
    0: no soreness 10: worst imaginable soreness

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Pressure pain threshold (PPT) of the hamstring muscles [ Time Frame: change from before to after massage (average of 0, 10, 30 and 60 min after) ]
  • Hamstring range of motion [ Time Frame: change from before to after massage (average of 0, 10, 30 and 60 min after) ]

Enrollment: 22
Study Start Date: December 2011
Study Completion Date: November 2012
Primary Completion Date: November 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Control group
Control group, does not receive any intervention
Experimental: Massage group
Massage will be performed on the left or right hamstring muscle (randomized) for ten minutes with a massage roller. The contralateral leg will not be massaged, but serve as a non-massaged control leg to assess possible cross-over effects from the massaged leg
Other: Massage
The hamstring muscle will be massaged with a "massage roller" for ten minutes.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 67 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • working age adults

Exclusion Criteria:

  • blood pressure above 160/100
  • disease of the cervical spine
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01478464

National Research Centre for the Working Environment
Copenhagen, Denmark, 2100
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark
Principal Investigator: Lars L Andersen, PhD Professor
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Lars L. Andersen, Principal Investigator, National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark Identifier: NCT01478464     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRMA03
Study First Received: November 18, 2011
Last Updated: June 27, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on May 23, 2017