The effect of balancing ligamentous tension (an indirect technique) on range of motion at the ankle

Ricketts, Shane (2005) The effect of balancing ligamentous tension (an indirect technique) on range of motion at the ankle. Coursework Master thesis, Victoria University.


The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of an indirect technique (balancing ligamentous tension) on altered talocrural joint range of motion (ROM). The subjects were asymptomatic male and female volunteers, aged between nineteen and twenty nine years. Subjects with a 6 degree or more difference between ankle joint sagittal plane range of motion values were randomly allocated to either a treatment or control group. The "restricted" ankle of the treatment group was treated with 'balancing ligamentous tension" at the ankle complex and tibiofibula articulations. Pre-test, initial post-test and post-test at thirty minutes measurements were collected for passive dorisflexion range of motion. Whilst there was a significant increase in ROM with time, no significant changes were identified in dorisflexion range of motion between those subjects that received treatment intervention and those that did not. Balancing the ligamentous tension at the ankle complex and interosseous membrane of the lower limb in asymptomatic subjects does not show a significant increase in range of motion compared to subjects who do not receive any treatment. This minor thesis was written by a post-graduate student as part of the requirements of the Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) program.

Item type Thesis (Coursework Master thesis)
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 320000 Medical and Health Sciences
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Biomedical and Health Sciences
Keywords Osteopathy Masters Project, ankle joint, balancing ligamentous tension, osteopathic treatment
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