By Luke Selway
For a study to discover if self-massage affects neuromuscular function and muscle stiffness?
The research project will look at the effect of self-massage on muscles and their associated nervous control.
Participants in this study will perform a self-massage routine by rolling their lower leg/calf muscles on a massage ball. Their muscular and nervous system function will be tested before and after the massage using a robotic chair-sized measuring device called a Biodex, electrodes to stimulate the muscle, and electrodes to measure muscle activity. Their muscle activity and pain perception will be assessed throughout, as well as their muscular stiffness and range of motion.
This is completely voluntary: participants can choose to be in the study or not. In return for participation, they will receive free advice on the use and correct technique for self-massage to relieve tight muscles.
Can self-massage affect neuromuscular function and muscle stiffness?
We are looking for volunteers for a study investigating whether self-massage can alter muscle stiffness and if this happens neurologically. This research may help us provide better recommendations about how to usesuch techniques to improve clinical or performance outcomes.
You may be eligible to participate if you:
• Are between 18 and 50 years old.
• Do less than 30 mins, 3 days/week of moderate intensity physical activity.
• Can attend one session at the University of Auckland, Grafton Campus, opposite the Auckland Hospital. (approx. 2 hours long).
• Have had no nerve, muscle, or bone injuries affecting your legs in the last 12 months.
• Haven’t been on prescription medication that affects nerve or muscle function in the last 28 days.
What is involved?
Participants will participate in one 2-3 hour session that will include an assessment of handedness and ankle function. Participants will have their reflexes assessed both mechanically and electrically and have their muscular function tested using a force regulated robotic measuring device.
If you are interested or would like more information, please contact:
Luke Selway - firstname.lastname@example.org Dr Angus McMorland - email@example.com
APPROVED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND HUMAN PARTICIPANTS ETHICS
COMMITTEE ON 17/03/2021 FOR A PERIOD OF 3 YEARS, REFERENCE NUMBER AH21920.