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Effect of passive stretching on the range of motion of osteoarthritic joints in 10 labrador retrievers
  1. T. Crook, MSc, MCSP, ILTM1,
  2. C. McGowan, BVSc, DVCS, MACVSc, PhD, DEIM, ILTM, MRCVS1 and
  3. M. Pead, BVetMed, CertSAO, PhD, ILTM, MRCVS1
  1. 1 Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA


Ten labrador retrievers and their owners undertook a programme to determine the effect of passive stretching on the dogs' osteoarthritic joints, which had a restricted range of motion. The range of motion of the joints was measured before and after the 21-day study, during which the owners performed 10 passive stretches for a hold of 10 seconds twice daily. Goniometric measurements showed that the passive stretching had significantly increased the range of motion of the joints.

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