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ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.9 No.4 pp.1651-1656
DOI : https://doi.org/10.20540/JIAPTR.2018.9.4.1651

Influence of Talocrural Joint Mobilization on Balance and Proprioception of Adults with Limited Ankle Joint Dorsiflexion

Ho Jung Ana,Ji Sung Kimb,Jung Hyun Choic
aDongnam Health University, Suwon; bSuwon Women University, Suwon; cNamseoul University, Cheonan, Republic of Korea
Address for correspondence
Jung Hyun Choi, PT, Ph.D Department of Physical Therapy, Namseoul University, Daehak-ro 91, Seonghwan-eup, Cheonan, Korea Tel: 82-10-4933-8158

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to assess the changes in balance and proprioception of adults with limited ankle joint dorsiflexion, after the application of talocrural joint mobilization. The subjects of this study included 23 college students in their twenties with limited ankle joint dorsiflexion. The students were randomly assigned to the ankle joint mobilization group (AJMG, n=12) and the control group (CG, n=11). After 2 weeks of intervention using grade III talocrural joint mobilization in the anterior-posterior movement, the balance and proprioception of the subjects were assessed. Static/dynamic balance capabilities and ankle proprioception were analyzed using paired t-test and independent t-test. The dynamic balance and proprioception of AJMG were significantly improved after intervention (p<.05), In the comparison between the groups after the intervention, the dynamic balance and proprioceptive sense of AJMG were significantly improved compared to the control group (p<.05). This study suggests that AJMG can help improve the dynamic balance and proprioception.

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