Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Physical Therapy (M.S.)

Degree Program

Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Arthur Schwarcz

Second Advisor

William Bell

Third Advisor

Gordon Alderink


The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of massage and light exercise in alleviating the signs and symptoms of DOMS. Fifteen male and female subjects were recruited. The subjects were divided into two groups. To obtain a DOMS response, each group performed eccentric exercise on a Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometer to both arms. As treatment, one group (N = 7) received massage to one arm and light exercise in the form of upper body ergometry to the other arm. The other group (N = 8) received massage to one arm and light exercise in the form of supine elbow flexion/extension to the other arm. The subjects recorded their perceived pain before DOMS exercise, and again at 8, 24, and 48 hours after treatment. Mean pain differences were calculated for each group at each time interval. Statistical analysis indicated that there were no significant differences between treatments.


Questions or concerns regarding the copyright status of this item may be directed to