Mulligan Traction Straight Leg Raise: A Pilot Study to Investigate Effects on Range of Motion in Patients with Low Back Pain

Toby Hall, MSc, Post Grad Dip Manip Ther (Curtin), Claus Beyerlein, MSc (Curtin), Ulla Hansson, MSc (Curtin), Hun Teck Lim, MSc (Curtin), Merete Odermark, MSc (Curtin), David Sainsbury, MSc (Curtin),

Mulligan mobilization techniques are frequently used in clinical practice but there is little evidence underlying their use. The aims of this study were to determine the immediate effects of the Mulligan traction straight leg raise technique (TSLR) on range of straight leg raise (SLR) in subjects with low back pain (LBP). A further aim was to determine whether the presence of lower-quarter mechano-sensitive neural tissue influenced the outcome. It is concluded that the results provide preliminary evidence for the use of the Mulligan TSLR technique in the management of LBP, when a limitation of SLR is present; however, further controlled studies are required to substantiate these findings.

The Journal of Manual & Manipulative Therapy Vol. 14 No. 2 (2006), 95 – 100

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