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Immediate Effects of Myofascial Release on the Thoracolumbar Fascia and Osteopathic Treatment for Acute Low Back Pain on Spine Shape Parameters: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial

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DIPLOMA Hochschule, 37242 Bad Sooden-Allendorf, Germany
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Conservative and Rehabilitative Orthopedics, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Technical University of Munich, 80333 Munich, Germany
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Academic Editors: Nicola Maffulli and Angus Hunter
Life 2021, 11(8), 845; https://doi.org/10.3390/life11080845
Received: 1 July 2021 / Revised: 30 July 2021 / Accepted: 14 August 2021 / Published: 18 August 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fasciae from a Molecular and Biomechanical Perspective)
Background: Spine shape parameters, such as leg length and kyphotic or lordotic angle, are influenced by low back pain. There is also evidence that the thoracolumbar fascia plays a role in such pathologies. This study examined the immediate effects of a myofascial release (MFR) technique on the thoracolumbar fascia and of an osteopathic treatment (OMT) on postural parameters in patients with acute low back pain (aLBP). Methods: This study was a single-blind randomized placebo-controlled trial. Seventy-one subjects (43.8 ± 10.5 years) suffering from aLBP were randomly and blindedly assigned to three groups to be treated with MFR, OMT, or a placebo intervention. Spinal shape parameters (functional leg length discrepancy (fLLD), kyphotic angle, and lordotic angle) were measured before and after the intervention using video raster stereography. Results: Within the MFR group, fLLD reduced by 5.2 mm, p < 0.001 and kyphotic angle by 8.2 degrees, p < 0.001. Within the OMT group, fLLD reduced by 4.5 mm, p < 0.001, and kyphotic angle by 8.4°, p = 0.007. Conclusion: MFR and OMT have an influence on fLLD and the kyphotic angle in aLBP patients. The interventions could have a regulating effect on the impaired neuromotor control of the lumbar muscles. View Full-Text
Keywords: thoracolumbar fascia; myofascial release; osteopathy; leg length discrepancy; kyphotic angle; lordotic angle thoracolumbar fascia; myofascial release; osteopathy; leg length discrepancy; kyphotic angle; lordotic angle
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Brandl, A.; Egner, C.; Schleip, R. Immediate Effects of Myofascial Release on the Thoracolumbar Fascia and Osteopathic Treatment for Acute Low Back Pain on Spine Shape Parameters: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Life 2021, 11, 845. https://doi.org/10.3390/life11080845

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Brandl A, Egner C, Schleip R. Immediate Effects of Myofascial Release on the Thoracolumbar Fascia and Osteopathic Treatment for Acute Low Back Pain on Spine Shape Parameters: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial. Life. 2021; 11(8):845. https://doi.org/10.3390/life11080845

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Brandl, Andreas, Christoph Egner, and Robert Schleip. 2021. "Immediate Effects of Myofascial Release on the Thoracolumbar Fascia and Osteopathic Treatment for Acute Low Back Pain on Spine Shape Parameters: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial" Life 11, no. 8: 845. https://doi.org/10.3390/life11080845

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