The Immediate and Short Term Effect of Ankle Joint Mobilization Compared with Massage on Proprioception in Chronic Ankle Instability: A Pilot study

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Kunavut Vannajak
Sriraem Thaweeaphiradeesamran
Worapan Pengtep
Sittithon Supattanakitkul
Pimonpan Taweekarn Vannajak



Manual joint mobilization, plantar massage and calf stretching may be increased joint positional sensation, ankle range of motion and the Foot and Ankle Ability Measure-Sport (FAAM-S) scores in person with chronic ankle instability. A few report comparison of immediate and short term effect between Joint mobilization and massage in chronic ankle instability. This study aimed to compare the Immediate and short term effect of ankle joint mobilization and massage on proprioception ankle, range of motion and the Foot and Ankle Ability Measure-Sport scores in chronic ankle instability. Participant with chronic ankle instability 10 persons divided into joint mobilization group 5 persons and massage group 5 persons. All participant received deviation of joint positional sensation by universal goniometer and range of motion of ankle dorsiflexion assessment at pretest, posttest immediately and posttest 10 minute.

Results showed that both joint mobilization group and massage groups can improve joint position sense statistically significant (p < .05) in immediate and sustain effect. Joint mobilizations has more advantage improve joint position sense more than massage. Both groups did not found FAAM improvement statistically significant (p > .05). Joint mobilization and massage methods could be added in physical therapy treatment to improve joint position sense and ankle dorsiflexion range of motion among people with chronic ankle instability.


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