Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy combined with Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching results in “immediate pre- to post-treatment benefits,” according to new research.

The study involved 30 physically active males with tight hamstrings and at least one latent myofascial trigger point on muscles innervated by the lumbosacral, sciatic, tibial and common peroneal nerves

One group of men received the treatment; another group received no treatment, according to a report published on

The researchers measured knee range of motion (ROM), stretch perception, pressure pain threshold and subjective pain intensity.

“Significant changes over time” occurred for the treatment group.

The study, “Clinical massage and modified Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation stretching in males with latent myofascial trigger points,” conducted by researchers at the Department of Physical Education and Sports Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, will run in the August issue of Physical Therapy in Sport (2010 Aug;11(3):91-98.)

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