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The influence of osteopathic techniques of the foot on the axial system

19/11/2019

Author: Mariska Van Ael
Supervisor: Michiel Mens

Background: Chronic low back pain is a musculoskeletal complaint with a high prevalence. Because often no clear pathology is found, it may be interesting to look at the complaint in a holistic way and to investigate possible causes from the foot, such as reduced shock absorption, hyperpronation, functional leg length discrepancy  and reduced sagittal mobility.

Objective: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether mobilisations and manipulations of the joints of the foot and ankle had an influence on the parameters of the axial system.  

Results: No difference was found between the measurements of the axial parameters before treatment and the measurements after treatment.

Conclusion: Manipulations and mobilizations of the joints of the foot and ankle do not have a direct influence on the parameters of the axial system. The functional adjustments of the foot that can lead to low back pain are a complex subject that requires further investigation.

 

 

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