Neural Mobilization: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials with an Analysis of Therapeutic Eficacy

Richard F. Ellis, Wayne A. Hing.

The purpose of this paper was to provide a systematic review of the literature pertaining to the therapeutic efficacy of neural mobilization. The titles and abstracts of the papers identified were reviewed to select papers specifically detailing neural mobilization as a treatment modality. The PEDro scale, a systematic tool used to critique RCTs and grade methodological quality, was used to assess these trials. Methodological assessment allowed an analysis of research investigating therapeutic efficacy of neural mobilization. Ten randomized clinical trials  were identified that discussed the therapeutic effect of neural mobilization.

This review highlights the lack in quantity and quality of the available research. Qualitative analysis of these studies revealed that there is only limited evidence to support the use of neural mobilization.

Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, 2008, 16(1), 8-22

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