Physiotherapists are taking a new look at how massage can help relieve muscle pain after a traumatic injury.
Dr John Ritchie, a professor of biomechanics at RMIT University, says that with recent research, there are more potential uses for massage.
“With massage we are seeing more people with pain come back to work, so we need to be thinking about the long-term effects of massage,” he said.
“We have a lot of work to do, and in the short term we may see some people getting better.
But in the long term we need a better understanding of how massage affects muscle function and how it can help with muscle soreness.”
He said massage may not just help with pain, but also help relieve pain related to other conditions like muscle weakness.
“In terms of muscle sore, massage can be helpful, but it is not the only way to treat it,” Dr Ritchie said.
If you or someone you know needs help with their pain, call the Samaritans on 13 11 14.