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Observation using thermography of post-operative reaction after fascial manipulation®
 
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Department of Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy and Balneotherapy, Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Institute, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
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Department of Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy and Balneotherapy, Balneotherapy Institute, Medical University, Lublin, Poland
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Joanna Fidut-Wrońska   

Medical University in Lublin, Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Institute, Department of Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy and Balneotherapy, Lublin, Poland, Magnoliowa 2, 20-143, Lublin, Poland
 
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Introduction and objective:
Fascia Manipulation® is one of the methods focusing on the deep fascia. The assumption is that fascial manipulation is carried out on precisely determined points – coordination centres (cc), and on a limited area so as the friction occurring during manipulation would cause a local rise in temperature due to the inflammatory reaction. Rise in temperature influences modification in consistency of elementary matter in the manipulated area, and by the same token causing a decrease in the negative effects of fascia densification which stems from accumulation of hyaluronic acid. The purpose of the research is to prove the thesis that fascial manipulation causes local rise in temperature due to inflammatory reaction.

Material and methods:
For the research, 25 individuals with densification in lower limb area were qualified. They were exposed to a single, 3-minute facial manipulation®. By means of a thermal-imaging camera, changes in the temperature of the body in the examined area were evaluated. The body’s temperature evaluation was carried out 8 times: before the treatment, 5 minutes after the treatment, and, next, 6, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48 hours after the treatment.

Results:
The average surface temperature of the treated area before mobilization was 33.4°C. A statistically relevant increase in temperature was already observed 5 minutes after the treatment (increase of 0.5°C; p<0.001). However, the highest temperature was observed 24 hours after mobilization (increase of 2.4°C). The difference between the first and 7 other measurements was statistically relevant (p<0.001).

Conclusions:
The statistically relevant increase in temperature under the influence of fascial manipulation® in the treatment area can confirm the occurrence of inflammatory reaction.

 
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