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There is some interesting reference material in literature illustrating physiological and therapeutic effects of transverse friction massage.
Sometimes there is quite some controversy about the application of transverse friction massage techniques. Have a look at some references which highlight the scientific background of those procedures. Some specfic case studies are described as well as studies on the more general physiological effect.
Interesting reference material on the effect of movement on soft tissue during the inflammation, repair and remodeling phase can be found e.g. in "The human extremities, mechanical diagnosis and therapy, McKenzie and May, Spinal publications New Zealand, 2000, p 22-36"
More specific and general references on transverse friction massage can also be found in following publications :
“The analysis of articles revealed evidence for the incorporation of DTM in the treatment of tendinopathy. Comparison of studies was made difficult by the varied location of tendinopathies, confounding cotreatments in comparison groups, and varied outcome measures used.
Much of the original rationale for the use of DFM remains valid in light of a complete shift in understanding of the pathogenesis of tendinopathy.
Future randomized comparison studies are necessary that incorporate true control groups and compare DFM in isolation with other modes of treatment.
Studies such as these are very difficult to undertake, as they inherently deny treatment to a group of participants.”
removal of adhesions by DF…
DF enhances the proliferation of extracellular matrix fibroblasts, improves ion transport and decreases cell matrix adhesions (Howitt et al. 2006)
Stimulates healing by initiating a focal inflammatory response (Perle-Lawson 2004)