The Effect of Therapeutic Massage on the Athletes with Chronic Sinusitis

Document Type : Original Article


1 MSc Student, Department of Sports Injuries and Corrective Exercises, Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

2 Associate Professor, Department of Sports Injuries and Corrective Exercises, Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Department of Sports Physiology, University of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran


Chronic sinusitis is a disease which causes the facial congestion and facial tenderness. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of a face therapeutic massage for the facial congestion and tenderness in athletes with chronic sinusitis.
Forty male athletes were selected based on their availability and purposively. They were divided randomly into two equal experimental and control groups. The experimental group was exposed to a special face massage therapy protocol. The control group received no treatment. Prier and after the treatment, facial congestion and tenderness was measured based on the average score of 0-5 reported by 3 doctors. Data were analyzed using (2*2) repeated measures analysis of variance (ANOVA) (p<0.05).
A significant difference in facial congestion variable and facial tenderness were observed between groups with massage therapy group showed better clinical symptoms compared to control group (p>0.05).
According to the results of this study and effect of massage therapy, health centers can use this method to program exercises as a treatment modality in these patients.  


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