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Bernadetta Maria Wara Kushartanti1, Rachmah Laksmi Ambardini1

1Yogyakarta State University, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Deep Tissue Massage and Soft Tissue Release in the Management of Chronic Ankle Injury

Sport Mont 2020, 18(1), Ahead of Print | DOI: 10.26773/smj.200209


Deep Tissue Massage and Soft Tissue Release have been widely applied for injury rehabilitation. Both types of massage aim to eliminate the muscle tension that precedes or follows an injury. It is not known how effective each method is, and whether a difference between the two exists in achieving a desirable outcome of injuries, especially ankle injuries, which often occur. With this rationale, this study will examine the effectiveness and the differences of the massage approaches in managing ankle injuries. An experimental method was used in this study, involving 40 research subjects with chronic ankle injuries. Convenience sampling was used to recruit subjects, following which informed consent was signed following sufficient explanation about the experiment. Before and after the treatment approaches were carried out, the degree of pain perceived by the subjects was assessed with the Visual Analog Scale (VAS), and the level of ankle function was measured with Adapted Foot and Ankle Ability Measurement (FAAM). Ordinal collected data were analysed with non-parametric Wilcoxon sign rank test to determine the effectiveness of each method, and the U Mann Whitney to estimate the differences between the two methods. The results showed that Deep Tissue Massage and Soft Tissue Release massage decreased pain and increased ankle function significantly (p=0.001), with the effectiveness of 67.5% and 61.1%, respectively ,for decreasing pain and 21% and 24.7%, respectively, for increasing ankle function. There was no significant difference in effectiveness between Deep Tissue Massage and Soft Tissue Release in the management of chronic ankle injuries.


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