Immediate Changes in Neck Pain Intensity, A Randomized Controlled Trial of Thoracic Thrust Manipulation vs Non–Thrust Mobilization
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Thursday, June 05, 2014 07:59 AM

The purpose of this study was to compare the effects of thoracic thrust manipulation vs thoracic non–thrust mobilization in patients with bilateral chronic mechanical neck pain on pressure pain sensitivity and neck pain intensity.

Patients receiving thoracic spine thrust manipulation experienced a greater decrease in neck pain  than did those receiving thoracic spine non–thrust mobilization.  The results of this randomized clinical trial suggest that thoracic thrust manipulation and non–thrust mobilization induce similar changes in widespread pressure pain thresholds in individuals with mechanical neck pain; however, the changes were clinically small.

We also found that thoracic thrust manipulation was more effective than thoracic non–thrust mobilization for decreasing intensity of neck pain for patients with bilateral chronic mechanical neck pain.

Source:  http://www.jmptonline.org/article/S0161-4754(14)00067-0/abstract?rss=yes

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