Spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) to the thoracic spine may alleviate neck pain, say researchers who followed 140 patients with neck pain.
Study participants received either 5 sessions of stretching and strengthening exercise or 2 sessions of thoracic spine manipulation and cervical range of motion exercise followed by 3 sessions of stretching and strengthening exercise.
The subjects were assessed for disability and pain at baseline — and again after 1 week, 4 weeks and 6 months.
Findings revealed “that patients with mechanical neck pain who received thoracic spine manipulation and exercise exhibited significantly greater improvements in disability at both the short- and long-term follow-up periods and in pain at the 1-week follow-up, compared with patients who received exercise only.”
Physical Therapy – September 2010;90:1250-52.