A study has been published by the Annals of Internal Medicine that directly pertains to Myofascial Release treatment. This study, with over 3000 participants, demonstrated a positive correlation between having a leg length discrepancy, or one leg longer than the other, and the prevalence of osteoarthritis in the knee.
Older studies have shown that the majority of leg length discrepancies are due to asymmetries in the pelvis, rather than true leg length differences. An asymmetrical pelvis can often be corrected with the skilled application of Myofascial release treatment. With studies such as this, identifying and correcting pelvic asymmetries becomes even more important for the general public. While follow up studies as necessary to validate these findings, early intervention is crucial.
The study group was in the 50-79 age range, when arthritic changes have already become apparent. Identifying at-risk individuals at an earlier age should be a standard medical screening. Referral to an appropriated health practitioner for evaluation and treatment simple and cost effective way to reduce the pain that can result from osteoarthritis of the knees and reduce the need for total knee replacements. read through this study at the Research page of my website: http://www.myofascialpainrelief.com/MFRresearch.html
Walt Fritz, PT Pain Relief Center, Rochester, NYhttp://www.myofascialresource.com
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