Saturday, July 20, 2019

GT: An Evidence-Based Approach to Manual Therapy

Empirical and anecdotal evidence exists for the following physiological effects of GT:

Separates and breaks down collagen cross-links, and splays and stretches connective tissue and muscle fibers; facilitates reflex changes in the chronic muscle holding pattern (inhibition of abnormal tone/guarding leading to pain reduction via improved sensory input); alters/inhibits spinal reflex activity (facilitated segment); increases the rate and amount of blood flow to and from the area (angiogenesis vs. immediate local increases in blood flow); increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts and mast cells and increases histamine response secondary to mast cell activity.

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