Event Abstract

Neurological & Myofascial Treatment of a patient with inflexibility of the Hamstrings and Core Weakness: A Case Study

  • 1 Georgia Chiropractic Neurology Center, United States
  • 2 Life University, United States

Objective: The purpose of this Case Study is to demonstrate and discuss the effectiveness of Vestibular Rehabilitation exercises combined with Myofascial Release techniques on a patient with weak hip muscles, core muscles and vestibular dysfunction. Clinical History: Patient is a 49-year-old male who was receiving physical therapy care for weak core muscles causing secondary pain for a year and a half. Previous care was provided by a local physical therapist who determined that rehabilitation and stretching therapies were not effective in treating the patient’s complaints. Upon clinical evaluation, saccadic intrusions were present with vertical pursuits and the patient was unstable on a perturbed surface. Intervention & Outcome: Vestibular therapies were initiated at the start of care. In the following visits, myofascial release techniques were applied in the neck, shoulder, low back and lower extremities in conjunction with vestibular therapy. Over the course of ten visits, patient was able to efficiently and safely touch his toes, and decreased neck and back pain. The patient’s vestibular status was also improved; this was determined through improvement of gaze stabilization. Conclusion: Research on Muscle Release and vestibular therapy has shown these modalities may be effective in improving core strength, musculoskeletal dysfunction and hip flexibility in adults. This study provides evidence to support the need to study the integration of these different techniques into the chiropractic practice that could, in turn, provide a multifaceted approach to providing care and a higher understanding of the interactions of these different bodily systems.

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Keywords: Vestibular Rehabilitation, Triggerpoint therapy, Gaze stabilization, Muscle flexibility, Myosynaptics

Conference: International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience: TBI and Neurodegeneration, Orlando, Florida, United States, 10 Dec - 14 Dec, 2015.

Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

Topic: Case Study Reports

Citation: Ellis M and Kahanec CJ (2015). Neurological & Myofascial Treatment of a patient with inflexibility of the Hamstrings and Core Weakness: A Case Study. Front. Neurol. Conference Abstract: International Symposium on Clinical Neuroscience: TBI and Neurodegeneration. doi: 10.3389/conf.fneur.2015.58.00022

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Received: 01 Nov 2015; Published Online: 02 Nov 2015.

* Correspondence: Mr. Christopher J Kahanec, Life University, Marietta, GA, 30060, United States, kahaneccj@yahoo.com

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