Efficacy of foam rolling with additional vibration stimulation on the mobility of the thoracolumbar fascia: An observational study

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Introduction Observations show that foam rolling improves joint movements. Likewise, it can be stated that a vibration stimulation of the tissue leads to improved joint mobility. Method This study investigates whether the combination of foam rolling and vibrations (31 Hz) can influence the sliding of the thoracolumbar fascia more effectively than normal foam rolling. 45 subjects participated in the study and were divided into a foam roll with additional vibration group (FRV), a foam roll group (FR) and a control group (CG). The intervention groups rolled out the gluteal muscles, the lateral trunk and the upper and lower back. Mobility measures were taken pre and post the respective intervention. Subsequent cross correlation software analysis quantified the sliding of the fascia and calculated its shear strain mobility (SSM). Results The sliding of the thoracolumbar fascia improved significantly within the FRV by 2.83mm (SD±1.08/p<.001), in the FR by .96mm (SD±.43/p<.001) and in the CG decreased the sliding by .1401mm (SD±.28/p=.076). The fascia/fascia SSM increased in the FRV by 22.61% (SD±15.64/p<.001), in the FR by 11.41% (SD±20.38/p=.056) and in the CG decreased the SSM by .9473% (SD±11.35/p<.751). The lumbar movement increased in both intervention groups, but showed no significant result. Conclusion The use of a foam roll with additional vibration and standard intervention have increased thoracolumbar fascia sliding and lumbar movements. The improved shear strain mobility can be attributed to the multi-activity of mechanoreceptors, such as Pacini- and Ruffini-Bodies.
OriginalspracheEnglisch
ZeitschriftJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
ISSN1360-8592
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PublikationsstatusElektronische Veröffentlichung vor Drucklegung. - 28.12.2020

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