Reportage: Myofascial Therapy in Gatroesophageal Reflux

Researchers from the Departments of Physical Therapy, Medicine and Surgery of the Universidad CEU Cardenal Herrera of Valencia (Spain), have developed and successfully tested, for the first time, a pioneering myofascial therapy for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux. Their study has shown that applying the manual therapy designed to relax the fascia in the area of the diaphragm decreases the symptoms of gastric reflux and the consumption of medicine to alleviate them, thus improving the quality of life of the patients who took part in the clinical trial up to a month after applying the therapy.

The results have been published in the Scientific Reports journal, from the Nature group. This research is part of the doctoral thesis of Physical Therapy Department professor Isabel Martínez Hurtado, headed by professors Juan Francisco Lisón, María Dolores Arguisuelas and Pedro Almela. Also taking part in the study were professors from the Departments of Medicine and Surgery of the CEU UCH who develop their assistance activities in five hospitals of the Valencian Community. This clinical trial was selected to be presented at the fifth biannual “Fascia Congress”held in Berlin, along with two other pieces of research by the Department of Physical Therapy of the CEU UCH.

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