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The effect of postoperative ataralgesia by manual therapy after pulmonary resection


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Man Ther. 2003 Feb;8(1):42-5.


F Hirayama, Y Kageyama, N Urabe, H Senjyu


Muscle therapy, a form of manual therapy, was applied to control pain persisting for more than 1 week following posterolateral thoracotomy, and its efficacy for the alleviation of pain was investigated. Eight patients who underwent posterolateral thoracotomy and lung resection for cancer (n=7) or emphysema (n=1) received manual therapy to incised muscles and the muscles inserting into the ribs in the affected area for an average of 17 days postoperatively. Pressure-friction and stretching techniques were used. Treatment was continued until the intensity of the pressure-friction technique reached a level at which the patient complained of pain and a decrease in muscle tone was detected. Treatment was performed once a week for 3 weeks. Pain severity was measured using a visual analog scale (VAS) (0-10). Before the first treatment, the VAS was set at 10, and changes of the score were observed before and after the treatment as well as over time. After three sessions, all patients showed a decrease in pain from 10 to an average of 1.9 (range 1.3-2.6).

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2003 Feb



Hirayama, F., Kageyama, Y., Urabe, N., Senjyu, H. (2003) 'The effect of postoperative ataralgesia by manual therapy after pulmonary resection ', Man Ther. 2003 Feb;8(1):42-5.

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