Effect of remote after-effects of resistive static contraction of the pelvic depressors on improvement of restricted wrist flexion range of motion in patients with restricted wrist flexion range of motion.

The aim of the study was to compare the effects of remote after-effects of resistive static contraction of the pelvic depressors (RSCPD) with after-effects of static contraction of upper extremity muscles (SCUE) on improving the maximal active range of motion (MAROM) for patients with restricted wrist flexion range of motion (ROM) due to upper limb pain and dysfunction. The participants were 10 outpatients with restricted wrist joints. The mean (SD) age was 53.7 (4.4) years (range, 34-81). The subjects performed two exercise protocols (SCUE and RSCPD) in random order. One-way repeated measures ANOVA showed significant main effects in evaluation of the change in MAROM and IEMG activities for different conditions (after rest, after SCUE, and after RSCPD). The remote after-effects of RSCPD, but not those of SCUE, resulted in significant improvement in MAROM for restricted wrist flexion ROM.

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