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Physical Therapy

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Jennifer Bogulski, PT, DPT, OCS


Moist heat represents a modality that employs superficial thermal energy to treat a diverse range of impairments of the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. One particular impairment that can be treated by the application of moist heat is tissue extensibility. Moist heat influences tissue extensibility by altering viscoelastic properties of tissue such as decreasing fluid viscosity, relaxing cross-links of collagen fibers, and decreasing joint and muscle stiffness. This project seeks to review the current research on the impact of moist heat on tissue extensibility.