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Therapeutic effects of heat, cold, and stretch on connective tissue.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9602972     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The anatomic architecture of connective tissue is dependent on the stresses associated with motion. Immobilization results in stress deprivation, causing structural changes in the tissue matrix. The structural changes that occur are due to the remodeling of tissue to its new resting length while being held immobile. The goal of remodeling stiffened, shortened tissues is to regain tissue length and promote unrestricted tissue gliding. The article reviews studies that examine the viscoelastic response of connective tissue to heat, cold, and stretch. An understanding of connective tissue response to these therapeutic interventions will enable clinicians to choose the appropriate modality and apply stretching techniques in a safe, efficient manner to enable patients to regain mobility.
M Hardy; W Woodall
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of hand therapy : official journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists     Volume:  11     ISSN:  0894-1130     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hand Ther     Publication Date:    1998 Apr-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-07-23     Completed Date:  1998-07-23     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8806591     Medline TA:  J Hand Ther     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  148-56     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Mississippi, School of Health Related Professions, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Connective Tissue / injuries*,  physiology
Cryotherapy / methods*
Exercise Therapy / methods*
Hand Injuries / rehabilitation*
Hyperthermia, Induced / methods*
Stress, Mechanical

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