Sánchez Vera, M. A., Jaimes Fernández, D. A., & Schleip, R. (2023).
Efficacy of myofascial induction compared with its simulation on joint amplitude in people with axial spondylarthritis: Protocol of a randomized controlled clinical trial.
PloS one, 18(10), e0286885.
Background: Axial spondyloarthritis (AxSpA) produces structural changes that cause alterations in body functions. One tissue that seems to have a predictive role in the etiology and progression of the disease is the soft tissue, particularly the fascia. However, little is known about the use of myofascial induction in people with AxSpA, and clinical evidence from physiotherapy regarding potential strategies is limited.
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of myofascial induction compared with its simulation on joint amplitude in people with AxSpA.
Methods: In this randomized controlled parallel superiority clinical trial, 84 people with an AxSpA diagnosis confirmed by a rheumatologist will be randomly assigned to groups: the experimental group or the control group. The experimental group will receive myofascial induction, and the control group will undergo a simulation of the technique. Both groups will receive an examination session and six intervention sessions twice per week for three weeks. A baseline follow-up will be performed immediately after the intervention and four weeks after treatment.
Conclusion: The results of this study may contribute to a better understanding of the efficacy of myofascial induction for joint mobility in people with AxSpA. The implications of these results have a potential transformative effect on the understanding, analysis, evaluation, and physiotherapeutic treatment of this health condition.