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J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2016 Jan;20(1):98-103. doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2015.06.009. Epub 2015 Jun 25.

A pilot study of balance performance benefit of myofascial release, with a tennis ball, in chronic stroke patients.

Author information

1
Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Medicine, Kaya University, 208 Samgye-ro, Gimhae, Kyongnam 609-757, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: djpark35@kaya.ac.kr.
2
Dong-A University Medical Center, 26, Daesingongwon-ro, Seo-gu, Busan 602-715, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: eva1223@naver.com.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

We hypothesised that the balance of spastic chronic stroke patients is related to myofascial problems. We performed myofascial release (MFR) with a tennis ball on the affected limb, as suggested by Myers.

PURPOSE:

This study investigated the benefits of 8 weeks of MFR using a tennis ball on the balance of spastic patients.

METHODS:

Eight stroke patients were enrolled voluntarily after providing informed consent. All subjects received 8-week interventions with MFR using a tennis ball three times per week. The patients were evaluated using the Berg Balance Scale (BBS) and Timed 'Up & Go' (TUG) test before and after 4 and 8 weeks of the intervention.

RESULTS:

There were significant differences in the BBS scores (p = 0.001). The TUG time decreased significantly at 4 and 8 weeks (p = 0.034).

CONCLUSION:

Myofascial release appears to improve the balance of spastic chronic stroke patients; however, further studies should evaluate the effective of MFR on walking in stroke patients and determine the mechanism of the effect of MFR.

KEYWORDS:

Balance training; Hemiplegia; Myofascial release; Soft tissue

PMID:
26891643
DOI:
10.1016/j.jbmt.2015.06.009
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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