The Somatic Connection  |   October 2017
Manual Therapy Shown to Increase Lumbar Blood Flow
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  • University of California, San Diego School of Medicine 
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The Somatic Connection   |   October 2017
Manual Therapy Shown to Increase Lumbar Blood Flow
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2017, Vol. 117, 669-670. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.129
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2017, Vol. 117, 669-670. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.129
Shah Y, Arkesteijn M, Thomas D, Whyman J, Passfield L. The acute effects of integrated myofascial techniques on lumbar paraspinal blood flow compared with kinesio-taping: a pilot study. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2017;21(2):459-467. doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.08.012 
Sports therapy researchers in the United Kingdom compared immediate effects of integrated myofascial techniques (IMTs) and kinesiotaping (KT) with a control group who received sham transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) on blood flow changes at L3. Blood flow changes were measured by near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS). 
Power analysis called for 45 participants who were randomly assigned to IMTs, KT, or sham groups. All were healthy college students. Exclusion criteria included low back pain, a diagnosis of serious infection in the preceding 2 weeks, previous severe back or leg injury, surgical procedure on the back, spinal deformity, and history of tumor or fracture in the back. 
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