Soft Tissue Mobilization Improves Neck and Upper Back Range of Motion

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Jeffrey Doeringer


Pain Management, Injury Rehabilitation


Introduction: Limited research reveals that the use of different soft tissue mobilization techniques increases tissue mobility and decreases pain in various regions of the body. The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a difference between instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization and cupping therapy for neck and upper back discomfort.

Methods:  Subjects were treated for neck and upper back discomfort using one of two soft tissue mobilization techniques. They were assessed with a numeric rating scale, neck range of motions, and superficial skin temperature before and after each treatment to document changes observed.

Results: There was a statistically significant difference in range of motion, superficial skin temperature, and pain numeric rating scale regardless of the treatment (P <.05).

Conclusions: Both methods of soft tissue mobilization showed to have a significant impact on pain and neck range of motion. Based on patient-clinician collaborative treatment process, healthcare providers should consider IASTM and cupping therapy.

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