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Effects of an inverted position on blood pressure, pulse rate, and deep tendon reflexes of healthy young adults.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  4034670     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This study reports the effects of an inverted position on pulse rate, blood pressure, and deep tendon reflexes of the biceps muscle, triceps muscle, and Achilles tendon. Twenty healthy adults were used as subjects. We collected data both before and after the subjects were in the inverted position for eight minutes on a specially designed tonic labyrinthine inverted table. A significant decrease in systolic blood pressure and all tendon reflexes was observed along with a significant increase in diastolic blood pressure (p less than .05). Pulse rate showed no change. The findings indicate that the inverted position is likely to be effective for decreasing muscle tone and systolic blood pressure. Although this study used healthy subjects, the inverted position may be used as a therapeutic technique, provided the clinician monitors closely the physiological effects on patients.
W Rheault; M Derleth; M Casey; C Czarnik; D Kania; G Nagel
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical therapy     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0031-9023     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Ther     Publication Date:  1985 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-10-15     Completed Date:  1985-10-15     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0022623     Medline TA:  Phys Ther     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1358-62     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Achilles Tendon / physiology
Blood Pressure*
Muscle Tonus
Muscles / physiology
Physical Therapy Modalities*
Reflex, Stretch*
Time Factors

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