Effect of remote myofascial release on hamstring flexibility in asymptomatic individuals e A randomized clinical trial

Joshi, Durga Girish and Balthillaya, Ganesh M and Prabhu, Anupama (2018) Effect of remote myofascial release on hamstring flexibility in asymptomatic individuals e A randomized clinical trial. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies, 22 (3). pp. 832-837. ISSN 1360-8592

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Background: The existence of continuity between fascia and muscles that may be anatomically distant from each other is emphasized in the tensegrity principle. Despite evidence from in vitro studies, there is a dearth of literature concerning the in vivo behavior of these connections.Aim: To compare the effect of Static Stretching (SS) of hamstrings with remote Myofascial Release (MFR)(bilateral plantar fascia and suboccipital region) and a combination of SS and remote MFR on hamstring flexibility. The secondary aim of this study was to investigate the difference between therapist administered and self-administered interventions.Design: Three arm assessor-blinded Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT).Participants: Fifty-eight asymptomatic participants (16 Males; Mean age 22.69 ± 2.65 years).Method: Participants with tight hamstrings defined by a passive Knee Extension Angle (KEA) > 20� were included in the study and were assigned to one of the three groups. Group A (n ¼ 19) was SS, group B (n ¼ 20) was remote MFR, group C (n ¼ 19) was a combination group who received both SS and remote MFR. Seven sessions of therapist administered intervention were delivered over a period of 10 days, which was followed by a 2-week self-administered home program. KEA and Sit and Reach Test (SRT) were used as outcomes and measurements were performed at baseline, end of the seventh session and after atwo-week follow-up.Results: The results demonstrated that hamstring flexibility improved in all three groups after therapist administered interventions (p < 0.05), whereas, group C demonstrated additional benefits. None of the groups showed a statistically significant (p > 0.05) change in the KEA with self- ntervention.Conclusion: The findings of this study indicated that all three interventions were effective in improving hamstring flexibility in young asymptomatic individuals when performed by the therapist.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Superficial Back Line; Fascia; Suboccipital; Plantar fascia
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 23 Aug 2018 04:49
Last Modified: 23 Aug 2018 04:49
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/151844

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