Dimitrios Kostopoulos PT, PhD, DSc, MCMT and Konstantine Rizopoulos PT, FABS, MCMT
This study was sponsored by St. Matthew’s University School of Medicine.
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of the use of a vapocoolant blend of pentafluoropropane and tetrafluoroethane (Gebauer’s Spray and Stretch) on hip flexion stretching.
Methods: Thirty volunteers were randomly assigned to spray and stretch treatment and stretch only control groups. Each group was assessed pre-and post-test on passive and active hip flexion range of motion (ROM).
Results: Findings indicated greater posttest hip flexion gains for the spray and stretch group over the stretch only group for both active and passive ROM. Additionally, females achieved greater pre- and posttest differences on active ROM compared to males.
Conclusions: Study findings suggest that spray and stretch techniques can be an effective treatment in increasing hip flexion ROM.