These evidence-based studies explain the physiology and suggest that post-exercise massage reduces tissue damage and accelerates muscle recovery.
Post-exercise massage is commonly adminstered to reduce muscle stiffness. This study explores the effectiveness of post-exercise massage after running.
The authors concluded that massage appears to be the most effective method that was studied for reducing DOMS and perceived fatigue.
The authors of this study concluded that foam rolling and running are better than resting at clearing blood lactose after strenuous exercise.