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Combined effect of myofascial release and passive stretching on plantar pressure in individual with hamstring tightness- an experimental study

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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2024 Jan:37:412-416. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2023.12.004. Epub 2023 Dec 14.

Authors:

Vijay Kage, Akshata Basti, Amanulla Tashildar, Aayushi Jain

Abstract.

Introduction: The lower kinetic chain is known to be affected by hamstring tightness which causes biomechanical alterations. As per the literature, short hamstring might cause prolonged forefoot loading, which can cause higher repeated stress on the plantar fascia. There is evidence supporting the use of various stretching and myofascial release techniques for hamstring tightness, further research is needed to investigate their impact on plantar pressure. Hence the study aims to determine combined effect of myofascial release and passive stretching on plantar pressure in individual with hamstring tightness. Methods: This was an experimental pre-post study design with 67 randomised screenings from asymptomatic health care science students aged 18 to 25. From this scientific survey, a sample size of 47 students having HMS tightness based on the popliteal angle were recruited using a universal goniometer. An intervention was proposed that included MFR and passive stretching in 3 sessions on alternate days. Plantar pressure of these individuals was noted by using the "Harris and Beath foot printing mat" before and after the intervention. Result: Significant pressure changes were observed after intervention: great toe of right side (p = 0.001), toes 2 to 5 of right side (p = 0.010) and left side (p = 0.008), first metatarsal of left side (p = 0.010), lateral forefoot of right side (p = 0.019) and left (p = 0.018), medial heel (p = 0.044), and lateral heel of right side (p = 0.025). These values substantiate the enhancement in plantar pressure. Conclusion: The combined effect of Myofascial release and passive stretching in an individual with hamstring tightness resulted in a significant increase in popliteal angle and plantar pressure. Keywords: Hamstring; Harris and Beath foot printing mat; Myofascial release; Popliteal angle.

Publication Date: 

2024 Jan

OEID: 

7195

Kage, V., Basti, A., Tashildar, A., Jain, A. (2024) 'Combined effect of myofascial release and passive stretching on plantar pressure in individual with hamstring tightness- an experimental study', J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2024 Jan:37:412-416. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2023.12.004. Epub 2023 Dec 14.

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