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Immediate effects of mandibular mobilization on static balance in individuals with temporomandibular disorder: A pilot study

Eric Edmur Camargo Arruda, Ana Paula Amaral, Fabiano Politti, Yasmin El Hage, Cid Andre Fidelis de Paula Gomes, Tabajara de Oliveira Gonzalez, Cesar Ferreira Amorim, Daniela Aparecida Biasotto-Gonzalez

Med Sci Tech 2012; 53(4): RA165-169

ID: 883652

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Published: 2012-12-17


Background:    The aim of the present study was to investigate the immediate effect of mandibular mobilization on static balance and mandibular range of motion in individuals with temporomandibular disorders.
    Material/Methods:    The individuals were diagnosed based on the Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders. Evaluations were performed before and immediately following mandibular mobilization. A digital caliper was used to determine the mandibular range of motion and a force plate was used to record bodily oscillations in the anteroposterior and mediolateral directions under 2 visual conditions (eyes open and eyes closed).
    Results:    A significant difference was found in anteroposterior velocity between the pre-mobilization and post-mobilization periods (p=0.02). Despite this statistically significant difference, it was not possible to demonstrate that mobilization exerted an influence over postural control in the immediate post-intervention period. However, statistically significant differences were found between evaluations regarding all mandibular ranges of motion analyzed (p<0.05).
    Conclusions:    Mandibular mobilization improves the range of motion of this anatomic structure and does not affect the COP.

Keywords: Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction Syndrome, Physical Therapy Modalities, postural balance