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Title: Effects of strain counter-strain and stretching techniques in active myofascial pain Syndrome
Authors: Sirikarn Somprasong
Keerin Mekhora
Roongtiwa Vachalathiti
Sopa Pichaiyongwongdee
Mahidol University. Faculty of Physical Therapy
Keywords: Myofascial pain syndrome;Stretching;Strain counter-strain
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Citation: Journal of Physical Therapy Science. Vol.23, No.6 (2011), 889-893
Abstract: Abstract. [Purpose] This study investigated the effects of passive stretching (STR) and strain counter-strain (SCS) techniques in subjects with myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) as measured by a visual analogue scale (VAS), pressure pain threshold (PPT), displacement pain threshold (DPT), active range of motion (AROM), and patients perception of change (PPC). [Subjects] Twenty volunteers with active MPS in the upper trapezius muscle participated in the study. [Methods] The subjects were randomly allocated to either a STR or SCS treatment group. Evaluations were performed at before, immediately, one hour, and one day after treatment. [Results] No significant difference between groups were found. However, there was a significant improvement of VAS an hour after SCS treatment. The improvement seemed to be maintained after treatment. The STR group showed a significant decrease of DPT between immediately and a day after treatment, indicating less tissue compliance. [Conclusion] The SCS treatment helps relieve the pain one hour after treatment in subjects with active MPS.
ISSN: 0915-5287
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