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The Effects of Self-myofascial Release Therapy with Foam Roller on the Balance of Patients with DOMS

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of self-myofascial release therapy with a foam roller on the balance of patients with delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS). The subjects of the study were 30 healthy adults in their 20s, divided equally into the experimental and control groups. In both groups, the subjects had artificial DOMS induced. Self-myofascial release therapy was administered to the experimental group immediately after muscle pain induction and 30 hours after induction for about 30 minutes. The changes in balance ability and pain level between the groups were then examined. BioRescue and the visual analogue scale (VAS) for pain were used to assess balance and pain intensity. To compare the effects of self-myofascial release therapy with a foam roller on the balance of patients with DOMS, repeated-measures analysis of variance was used for both groups. The statistical significance level (a) was set as 0.05, and SPSS 19.0 software for Windows was used. A comparison of the dynamic balance between the groups during the experimental period showed a significant increase in the anterior and posterior stability limits in the experimental group (p < 0.05). In addition, the VAS score was compared and measured during the experimental period. A significant difference was observed in the experimental group, and a significant decrease was observed on the third day in the experimental group as compared with the control group (p < 0.05). In this study, we found that self-myofascial release therapy using foam rollers could be effective for attaining balance and relieving pain in patients with DOMS. However, future research should provide a more detailed study of whether the therapy can be optionally applied to relax and rehabilitate shortened muscles.

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