Objective: The aim of this study is to determine if a single treatment using The Fascial Distortion Model (FDM) significantly increases hamstring flexibility in patients with chronic hamstring tightness.
Methods: Thirty participants with current chronic hamstring tightness and no current history of lower extremity injury received treatment with the FDM on their hamstrings appropriate to the distortion presented. The sit-and-reach test was used before and after treatment to determine hamstring flexibility. Summary statistics were calculated, and pre and post hamstring flexibility scores are outlined.
Results: There was a significant difference from pre- to post-test (mean pre =40 cm, post= 47cm), representing a 15% increase in post treatment flexibility. All 30 participants increased their sit-and-reach scores following the application of FDM.
Conclusions: This study demonstrates that a single treatment with the FDM increased hamstring flexibility in a group of participants suffering from chronic hamstring tightness.This abstract is reproduced with the permission of the publisher.
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