Dissertations and Theses @ UNI


Open Access Thesis


Muscles--Wounds and injuries--Treatment; Pain--Treatment; Sound--Physiological effect;


Context: Soft tissue oscillation therapy is utilized in the medical profession with limited research to support its use. This study evaluates the effectiveness of soft tissue oscillation therapy on musculoskeletal pain associated with DOMS, among a healthy, physically active population. Objective: Evaluate the efficacy of soft tissue oscillation therapy compared to a placebo in the management of pain associated with musculoskeletal injury. Design: Experimental Crossover, Repeated Measure Design. Participants: Thirty physically active volunteers with a mean age 21.30 ± 1.47. Methods: Participants were induced with delayed onset muscle soreness to their elbow flexors of the non-dominant arm. Participants were randomly divided into two groups; soft tissue oscillation group or placebo group. Participants received treatment in 24 hour increments for a total of 5 treatment sessions or until pain was reported as resolved. Main Outcome Measures: Reported pain via Numeric Rating Scale (NRS). Three ANOVA tests were conducted. Alpha was set a priori at.05. Results: DOMS was deemed induced to the participants’ non-dominant arms and the non-dominant arm had a significant increase in pain 48 hours after the induction of DOMS (t (29) = 12.0, p0.05), but there was a significant time effect (F (4, 112) = 87.6, p

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Science


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services


Division of Athletic Training

First Advisor

Kelli Snyder

Date Original


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