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Effects of myofascial technique in patients with subacute whiplash associated disorders: a pilot study

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Eur J Phys Rehabil Med.2011 Dec;47(4):561-8.

Authors:

A Picelli, G Ledro, A Turrina, C Stecco, V Santilli, N Smania

Abstract.

Background: Whiplash associated disorders commonly affect people after a motor vehicle accident, causing a variety of disabling manifestations. Some manual and physical approaches have been proposed to improve myofascial function after traumatic injuries, in order to effectively reduce pain and functional limitation. Aim: To evaluate whether the application of the Fascial Manipulation© technique could be more effective than a conventional approach to improve cervical range of motion in patients with subacute whiplash associated disorders. Design: Pilot randomized clinical trial. Methods: Eighteen patients with subacute whiplash associated disorders were randomized into two groups. Group A (N.=9) received three, 30-minute sessions, (every five days during a two week period) of neck Fascial Manipulation©. Group B (N.=9) received ten, 30-minute sessions (five days a week for two consecutive weeks) of neck exercises plus mobilization. Patients were evaluated before, immediately after and two weeks post-treatment. Primary outcome measures: cervical active range of motion (flexion, extension, right lateral-flexion, left lateral-flexion, right rotation, and left rotation). Results: A statistically significant improvement in neck flexion was found after treatment in favour of Group A (60.2±10.8°) compared with Group B (46.3±15.1°). No differences were found between groups for the other primary outcomes at post-treatment or follow-up. Conclusion: The Fascial Manipulation© technique may be a promising method to improve cervical range of motion in patients with subacute whiplash associated disorders.

Publication Date: 

2011 Dec

OEID: 

6491

Picelli, A., Ledro, G., Turrina, A., Stecco, C., Santilli, V., Smania, N. (2011) 'Effects of myofascial technique in patients with subacute whiplash associated disorders: a pilot study', Eur J Phys Rehabil Med.2011 Dec;47(4):561-8.

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