IJPR.2017.220

Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 6 (November 2017)

Page No.: 2425-2431

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2017.220

COMPARISON OF IMMEDIATE EFFECT ON HAMSTRING FLEXIBILITY USING NON BALLISTIC ACTIVE KNEE EXTENSION IN NEURAL SLUMP POSITION AND STATIC STRETCH TECHNIQUE

Gadpal Pratiksha *, Asgaonkar Bharati 2.

*1 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapiest , Physiotherapy Department, Tnmc and Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai, India.

2 Associate Professor, Ph.D. Guide, Physiotherapy Department, Tnmc and Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai, India.

Address for Correspondence: Dr. Pratiksha B. Gadpal, Musculoskeletal Physiotherapiest, Physiotherapy Department, Tnmc and Nair Charitable 986hospital, Mumbai, India.  E-Mail:drpratikshag@yahoo.com

ABSRACT

Background: Amongst all of the biarticular muscles of the human body hamstring have a greater tendency to shorten. Increased tension in the neural structures has also been shown to be one of the most important causative factor for the hamstring tightness for which mobilisation of the nervous system has emerged as a significant adjunct apart from routine  stretching techniques. There are lots of studies available which has proven the effect of stretching on the hamstring flexibility, but only after giving the multiple sessions. Thus the aim of this study was to determine whether a single session of hamstring stretching by neural slump and static stretch technique improves hamstring flexibility or not.

Materials and Methods: 60 healthy individuals between the age groups of 18-30 as per the inclusion and exclusion criterion were enrolled for the study. Hamstring tightness was measured using knee flexion angle. Subjects were asked to actively extend their knee from 90-90 hip knee flexion in supine position, individuals having knee flexion angle more than 15 degrees were assumed to have hamstring tightness and were randomly allocated and divided into 2 groups, group A was given static stretch in modified Hurdler’s position and group B was given neural slump stretch, having 30 subjects in each group.

Result: Data was collected and statistically analyzed using the appropriate statistical tests. Results showed significant reduction in hamstring tightness in both the groups and on comparison, group B (Neural slump stretch) was found to be more effective than group A (Static stretch).

Conclusion: Neural slump stretch was found to be more effective in immediately improving the  hamstring flexibility as compared to static stretch.
KEY WORDS:
Hamstring, Neural slump stretch, Flexibility, Static stretch.

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Cite this article: Gadpal Pratiksha, Asgaonkar Bharati. COMPARISON OF IMMEDIATE EFFECT ON HAMSTRING FLEXIBILITY USING NON BALLISTIC ACTIVE KNEE EXTENSION IN NEURAL SLUMP POSITION AND STATIC STRETCH TECHNIQUE. Int J Physiother Res 2017;5(6):2425-2431. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2017.220
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