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Chiropractic Research Review

Suboccipital Stretch Increases Hip Flexion

Sixty university students between 18 and 35 years of age were studied to compare the effectiveness of a spinal (suboccipital) stretching technique and a peripheral stretching technique. A reliable hand-held dynamometer was used to determine the end-point of range of motion (ROM) before and after the application of a treatment.

Three groups of subjects were treated: cervical stretch, hip stretch and sham/placebo. ROM of the hip in flexion (straight leg raise) was used as the independent variable.

The two stretching treatments resulted in increased flexion ROM at the hip. Statistical analysis revealed that only the suboccipital stretching procedure increased hip flexion ROM significantly. Manual therapy of the neck may have a role to play in the treatment of extraspinal, lower-limb musculoskeletal conditions.

Pollard H, Ward G. A study of two stretching techniques for improving hip flexion range of motion. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Sept. 1997;20(7), pp443-7.
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