THORACIC SPINAL MANIPULATION RELIEVES NECK PAIN, DISABILITY

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.”

Source:

Physical Therapy – September 2010;90:1250-52.

ptjournal.apta.org

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