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Chronic effects of muscle and nerve-directed stretching on tissue mechanics

Abstract : This study demonstrates that the mechanical properties of plantar flexor muscles and sciatic nerve can adapt mechanically to long-term stretching programs. Although interventions targeting muscular or nonmuscular structures are both effective at increasing maximal range of motion, the changes in tissue mechanical properties (stiffness) are specific to the structure being preferentially stretched by each program. We provide the first in vivo evidence that stiffness of peripheral nerves adapts to long-term loading stimuli using appropriate nerve-directed stretching.
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Ricardo Andrade, Sandro Freitas, François Hug, Guillaume Le Sant, Lilian Lacourpaille, et al.. Chronic effects of muscle and nerve-directed stretching on tissue mechanics. Journal of Applied Physiology, American Physiological Society, 2020, 129 (5), pp.1011-1023. ⟨10.1152/japplphysiol.00239.2019⟩. ⟨hal-03298515⟩



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