An investigation of the effect of continuous passive motion and lower limb passive movement on heart rate in normal volunteers

Wright A., Zilio T.D., Hill L., Mckee S. and Mitchell M. (1993) An investigation of the effect of continuous passive motion and lower limb passive movement on heart rate in normal volunteers. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 9 1: 13-17. doi:10.3109/09593989309036481


Author Wright A.
Zilio T.D.
Hill L.
Mckee S.
Mitchell M.
Title An investigation of the effect of continuous passive motion and lower limb passive movement on heart rate in normal volunteers
Journal name Physiotherapy Theory and Practice   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0959-3985
Publication date 1993-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09593989309036481
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Start page 13
End page 17
Total pages 5
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Subject 3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Abstract Previous studies have indicated that passive movement of the lower limb may affect cardiopulmonary function via a neuronal reflex activated by afferent inputs from articular receptors. This study compared the effect of lower limb continuous passive motion, lower limb passive movement and lower limb active movement on heart rate in normal volunteers. These techniques are used extensively by physiotherapists in clinical practice. A knowledge of the influence of these techniques on cardiac function should be an important factor in designing maintenance programmes for patients with cardiovascular disorders. The study shows that while lower limb active movement has a significant effect on heart rate, lower limb passive movement and lower limb continuous passive motion produce only a small increase in heart rate. This suggests that lower limb passive motion and continuous passive motion are techniques which may be safely used as a means of maintaining lower limb range of movement and function in the treatment of patients whose cardiovascular system is compromised, although further study is necessary to establish that such patients respond similarly.
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