Post-exercise massage is commonly adminstered to reduce muscle stiffness. This study explores the effectiveness of post-exercise massage after running.
The authors suggest that increased fascial thickness in the lumbar spine of elderly implies that the fascia dynamically adapts to the forces acting upon it.
All types of stretching showed joint range of motion improvements over the long term, however, static stretching technique showed the greatest improvement.
I would like to use this research study and article as a launching board for how we interpret and apply the results of a research study.
The implications for contralateral effects are tremendous. Any patient/client who has had an injury, and therefore immobilization / disuse for a period of time, should be able to preserve the strength of the musculature of the immobilized limb by performing resistance training of the healthy, non-immobilized limb.
Feelings of back stiffness may be a subjective protective construct of the mind, rather than reflecting objective biomechanical properties of the back.