ARTICLE – abstract
effects of two different physiotherapy methods on hamstring muscles
N., Aslan E., Altug
F., Kitis A., Cavlak, U.
University School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation,
The aim of the study
was to compare the effects of
hamstring stretching exercises used with superficial and deep heat
applications on the flexibility of the hamstring muscles. Methods:
Evaluation was done in a physiotherapy unit in Pamukkale University,
School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation during the scholastic
year 2006. In this study, 28 participants (7 females and 21 males) were
included. All participants were divided into two groups randomly.
Participants in the Group I performed static stretching exercises for
the hamstring muscle after the ultrasound application (10 min).
Participants in the Group II performed the same stretching exercises
following hot-pack application (20 min). The static stretching
exercises were performed by the participants for 45 seconds and three
times per day for the six weeks. The flexibility of the hamstring
muscles was evaluated with a standard manual goniometry before and
after the physiotherapy program.
Results: A significant
improvement in the flexibility of the hamstring muscles was found in
both groups. However no significant difference regarding the amount of
flexibility of the hamstring muscle between the groups. Conclusions:
The results of this study suggest that using superficial or deep heat
applications before static stretching exercises shows positive effects
to increase flexibility of hamstring muscles. But, there is no
superiority on each others.
muscle, static stretching, physiotherapy.