One of the key movements available at the ankle joint is dorsiflexion (DF), which is necessary walking and running. The study presents the concept of Voodoo flossing or ‘tack and floss’ as an emerging alternative method of increasing DF ROM. Participants (n = 10; 5 Male) height (cm); mass (kg); age (years): 171.4cm ± 11.52cm, 72kg ± 8.94kg and 23.8yrs ± 4.66yrs. DF ROM was measured in full weight-bearing (FWB) using a standard anatomical tape measure placed on the floor. All participants were unable to reach 10cm of FWB DF in both ankles. Participants completed 150 seconds of voodoo flossing. FWB DF was reassessed at 0 hours following treatment and 7 hours following treatment. Right leg mean changes in DF were calculated at 1.2cm (90% CI 0.5cm-1.8cm) which was considered a possibly moderate sized effect and from pre-test to post-test 0 hours and 0.9cm (90%CI 0.5cm-1.2cm) which was considered a possibly moderate effect. Left leg mean DF change was calculated at 1.9cm (90%CI 1.7cm-2.1cm) between pre-test and 0 hours post-test which was considered a most likely moderate sized effect and 0.1cm (90%CI 0.0cm-0.2cm) was considered trivial. The current research supports the use of Voodoo flossing as a means of increasing ankle DF based on the sample used.
|Journal||Journal of Physical Therapy|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 18 Oct 2017|
- Range of Motion