Comparision of effects of triceps surae stretching by ts stretching device vs manual stretching in spastic cp diplegics

Equinus foot in spastic diplegic children is a major problem due to spasticity in gastrocnemius muscle that affects normal gait cycle, balance, and ADL. As per literature, though stretching is used as a technique for therapeutic management of spasticity, but current level of evidence to support the effectiveness of passive stretching in reducing spasticity in spastic CP children remains weak. AIM OF STUDY: To study effect of sustained static passive stretching on the reduction in spasticity of gastrocnemius, improving ankle dorsiflexion ROM, and improving GMFM in diplegic cerebral palsy by using a stretching device and conventional manual stretching. DESIGN: 30 subjects with mean age (4.94 ± 1.70) years of both male and female were taken in pre-post control experimental design and assigned randomly into two groups with 15 subjects in each group, viz. group-1 with mean age (4.85 ± 1.29) years treated by prolong static stretching given for 15minute using TS stretching device and group-2 with mean age (5.03 ± 2.08) years treated by manual stretching given for 1 minute. After 4 weeks of intervention data collection and data analysis was done. CONCLUSION: Prolong static stretching (15minute) has added benefits in decreasing in spasticity, gaining passive and active range of motion and improvement in GMFM as compared to conventional short duration stretching.

Arun Kumar Satpathy, Mrs. Monalisa Pattnaik and Dr. Patitapaban Mohanty
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