Immediate effects of bilateral manipulation of talocrural joints on standing stability in healthy subjects

Man Ther. 2009 Feb;14(1):75-80. doi: 10.1016/j.math.2007.11.005. Epub 2008 Feb 15.


The purpose of this study was to investigate the immediate effects of bilateral talocrural joint manipulation on standing stability in healthy subjects. Sixty-two healthy subjects, 16 males and 46 females, aged from 18 to 32 years old (mean: 21+/-3 years old) participated in the study. Subjects were randomly divided into two groups: an intervention group (n=32), who received manipulation of bilateral talocrural joints and a control group (n=30) which did not receive any intervention. Baropodometric and stabilometric evaluations were assessed pre- and 5 min post-intervention by an assessor blinded to the treatment allocation. Intra-group and inter-group comparisons were analysed using appropriate parametric tests. The results indicated that changes on the X coordinate range, length of motion, and mean speed approximated to statistical significance (P=0.06), and changes on the Y coordinate range reached statistical significance (P=0.02). Average X and Y motions, and anterior-posterior or lateral velocities did not show significant differences. Our results showed that bilateral thrust manipulation of the talocrural joint did not modify standing stability, that is, the behavioural pattern of the projection of the centre of pressure, in healthy subjects.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Ankle Joint / physiology*
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Manipulation, Osteopathic / methods*
  • Postural Balance / physiology*
  • Probability
  • Range of Motion, Articular / physiology
  • Reference Values
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Tarsal Bones
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult