The effect of the connective tissue massage on autonomic functions of the hemiplegic patients

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Korkmaz Y. T. , Ayberk B. , Akbayrak T.

1st International Congress on Physiotechnotherapy, Sarajevo, Bosna-Hersek, 09 Mayıs 2019, ss.6

  • Basıldığı Şehir: Sarajevo
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Bosna-Hersek
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.6


Abstract: Purpose: The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of connective tissue massage (CTM) on hand temperature and autonomic dysfunctions (i.e. orthostatic hypertension, vasomotor changes, diearrhea, neurogenic bladder, sexual dysfunctions) of patients with hemiplegia. Methods: Forty patients with hemiplegia were included in this study. All participants were divided randomly into two groups, namely, experimental and control groups. The inclusion criteria were as follows: stable systemic condition, patients diagnosed with autonomic dysfunction according to R-R interval variation and autonomic dysfunction questionnaires. CTM was applied for 15 minutes, every day for a total of 10 sessions. Results: Among the CTM, and control groups, there were statistically significant differences regarding the changes in sphincter dysfunction and gastroparesis (p<0.05). However, there was no statistically significance between the groups in terms of hand temperature (p>0.05). Conclusions: This study is the first randomized controlled trial investigating the effects of CTM on hand temperature and autonomic dysfunctions in patients with hemiplegia. Although we found that CTM has no effect on hemiplegic hand temperature, CTM has significant effects on some autonomic dysfunction symptoms. In further studies with a larger sample size and a long-term follow-up should be planned to investigate the effects of CTM on patients with hemiplegia. Keywords: Stroke, Connective Tissue, Gastroparesis