Example

Examples of the use of resistance in patient treatment:

— Resist muscle contractions in a sound limb to produce contraction of the muscles in the immobilized contralateral limb.

— Resist hip flexion to cause contraction of the trunk flexor muscles (O Fig. 2.2).

— Resist supination of the forearm to facilitate contraction of the external rotators of that shoulder.

— Resist hip flexion with adduction and external rotation to facilitate the ipsilateral dorsiflexor muscles to contract with inversion (O Fig. 2.3).

— Resist neck flexion to stimulate trunk and hip flexion. Resist neck extension to stimulate trunk and hip extension.

D Fig. 2.2. Irradiation into the trunk flexor muscles when doing bilateral leg patterns

D Fig. 2.3. a Irradiation to dorsiflexion and inversion with the leg pattern flexion-adduction-external rotation; b Irradiation for mid-stance support to the ipsilateral leg

D Fig. 2.3. a Irradiation to dorsiflexion and inversion with the leg pattern flexion-adduction-external rotation; b Irradiation for mid-stance support to the ipsilateral leg a b

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