Use of manual therapy with exercise in ankle injuries

The benefits of manual therapy vs. accepted exercise therapy in the treatment of recurrent ankle injury

The following article lends evidence to support the use of manual therapy as an adjunct to accepted exercise therapy in the treatment of chronic ankle instability (CAI), with a focus on neural structures thought to be the cause of persistent residual symptoms. Differences in self-reported measures, pain pressure threshold, strength and ROM where found in the short term, advancing the argument for the inclusion of manual techniques and the role they play in CAI management.

Both groups revealed improvements over the course of treatment, however, the experimental group showed significant differences over all outcomes. The authors acknowledge the limits in validity of this study and suggest further research is needed to determine effect over the long-term.

> From: Plaza-Manzano et al., Man Ther 26 (2017-04-28 11:25:47) 141-149 . All rights reserved to Elsevier Ltd. Click here for the online summary.

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