Examining the Effects of Three Soft Tissue Treatments on Functional Movement and Functional Performance Enhancement
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03080220|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 15, 2017
Last Update Posted : March 20, 2017
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Functional Performance||Device: Astym Device: Stick Device: Massage||Not Applicable|
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||48 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Single (Outcomes Assessor)|
|Official Title:||Effects of Pre-Event Soft Tissue Treatment on Functional Movement and Functional Performance|
|Actual Study Start Date :||September 1, 2016|
|Actual Primary Completion Date :||September 30, 2016|
|Actual Study Completion Date :||September 30, 2016|
The Astym treatment (AT) is specifically used by medical professionals to treat musculoskeletal dysfunctions by stimulating the body's ability to break down adhesions and reabsorb dysfunctional tissue (scar tissue).6-16,19 The treatment induces collagen building, fibroblastic activity, and phagocytosis.17,18 Part of the treatment includes utilizing a series of instruments glided across the skin tissue, in a non-invasive manner, along the route of the underlying muscle fibers' direction. The treatment specifically spares healthy tissue and stimulates growth factors and cellular mediators that stimulate the repair of dysfunctional tissue in the body's internal mechanisms.17,18 Astym is an FDA approved device. Specifically, Astym is registered as having a device class as 1 and regulation number as 890.5660.
therapeutic massage instrument
The Stick treatment (ST) utilizes an instrument to convert non-compliant muscle to compliant muscle by compressing the muscle. The individual spindles of The Stick create a stripping massage by applying progressively deeper strokes over the soft tissue.38 The Stick permits individuals to perform trigger point release on own person, allowing the muscle to become compliant to the wanted movement.
Other Name: The Stick
Placebo Comparator: Massage
Similar to the protocol previously outlined for the other two independent variables, the massage treatment (MT) will progress from anterior, to medial, to lateral and posterior shank, thigh, and hip. The treatment on each muscle tissue will follow the similar protocol as the Astym treatment (AT) group. However, the flat, non-treatment edge of the Evaluator®, Localizer®, and Isolator® will be put in contact with the muscle tissues in a direction parallel to the muscle fibers being treated, but without over pressure.7 The traditional treatment edge of the instrument has a tapered, machine edge and creates shear forces when glided across the tissue at an angle between 60 and 80 degrees.
- Vertical Jump [ Time Frame: 1 day ]A Belt Mat (University of Toronto; Toronto, Canada) vertical jump measuring device will be utilized for this study.28
- Dynamic Balance [ Time Frame: 1 day ]A Y Balance test kit will be used to measure the distance reached while the participant stabilizes on one leg.
- Rating of Perceived Lower Extremity Function [ Time Frame: 1 day ]The participant will be asked to rate current perceived lower extremity function on a 100mm line anywhere between 'my function is at its worst' and 'my function is at its best.' The participant will rate by placing a vertical line that intersects the 100mm horizontal line perpendicularly. A standard metric ruler will be used to measure from the farthest left to the intersecting line. This distance will be recorded.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03080220
|United States, Indiana|
|University of Saint Francis|
|Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States, 46808|
|Huntington, Indiana, United States, 46750|
|Indiana Wesleyan University|
|Marion, Indiana, United States, 46953|
|Principal Investigator:||Andrew T Doyle, MA||Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions/Indiana Wesleyan University|