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22 June 2022 : Clinical Research  

[In Press] A Single-Center Study Comparing the Effects of Thoracic Spine Manipulation vs Mobility Exercises in 26 Office Workers with Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Study

Jongmin Seo1BCDF, Changho Song2CDF, Doochul Shin3ADEG

DOI: 10.12659/MSM.937316

Med Sci Monit In Press; DOI: 10.12659/MSM.937316  

Available online: 2022-06-22, In Press, Corrected Proof

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Abstract

BACKGROUND
Neck pain is associated with computer work, poor posture, imbalanced neck muscles, and fatigue, particularly in office workers. This study from a single center aimed to compare the effects of thoracic spine mobility exercise and thoracic spine manipulation to improve cervical spine range of motion in 26 office workers who had chronic neck pain for more than 12 weeks.
MATERIAL AND METHODS
The participants were 26 office workers with neck pain lasting >12 weeks. These participants were randomly assigned to undergo TSME (n=13) or TSM (n=13). Both groups underwent cervical joint mobilization and deep cervical flexor muscle exercises for 25 min a day, twice weekly, for 6 weeks. The TSME group additionally performed TSME 15 min a day, twice a week, for 6 weeks, while the TSM group received TSM 2 times a day, twice a week, for 6 weeks. Cervical and thoracic spine ROM, numeric pain rating scale (NPRS), and neck disability index (NDI) were measured before and after interventions. The ROM of cervical and thoracic spine was measured using a dual inclinometer.
RESULTS
Both groups showed significant changes in cervical spine ROM, thoracic spine ROM, NPRS, and NDI after intervention compared to before intervention (P<0.05). Cervical spine right lateral flexion and right rotation differed significantly between the groups (P<0.05), while thoracic spine ROM, NPRS, and NDI did not.
CONCLUSIONS
TSME and TSM have similar effects in improving pain and disability in office workers with non-specific chronic neck pain.

Keywords: Exercise Therapy; Musculoskeletal Manipulations; Neck Pain; Thoracic Vertebrae

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