The Immediately Effects of Thoracic Mobilization by Segment on Pain and Range of Motion in Chronic Low Back Pain Patients

분절별 등뼈 관절가동술이 만성허리통증환자의 통증과 관절가동범위에 미치는 즉시적 효과

  • Sim, Jae-Heon (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Ulsan Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, Jaseng Medical Foundation) ;
  • Jeong, Ui-Cheol (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Ulsan Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, Jaseng Medical Foundation) ;
  • Choi, Hee-Yang (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Ulsan Jaseng Hospital of Korean Medicine, Jaseng Medical Foundation) ;
  • Kim, Cheol-Yong (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Ulsan College)
  • 심재헌 (재)자생의료재단 울산자생한방병원) ;
  • 정의철 (재)자생의료재단 울산자생한방병원) ;
  • 최희양 (재)자생의료재단 울산자생한방병원) ;
  • 김철용 (울산과학대학교 물리치료과)
  • Received : 2017.02.03
  • Accepted : 2017.04.19
  • Published : 2017.05.31


PURPOSE: This study aims to identify the immediate effects of thoracic mobilization according to segment on disabling low-back pain and the range of motion in patients with chronic low-back pain. METHODS: The participants were divided randomly into two groups: a group (N=12) with pain and disability between the 5th and 9th thoracic vertebrae (T5-T9) and a group (N=12) with pain and disability between the 10th and 12th thoracic vertebrae (T10-T12). The same experiment was conducted in both groups: 10 minutes of thoracic mobilization and 10 minutes of functional massage. The visual analogue scale (VAS) and range of motion measurements were applied to the participants in both groups. All participants were measured again immediately after the program was completed. RESULTS: In both groups, the VAS and range of motion measurements showed statistically significant improvement after the experiment (p<.05). No statistically significant difference was revealed between the two groups (p>.05). CONCLUSION: The results of this study confirmed positive and immediate effects of thoracic mobilization of patients with chronic low-back pain. But, no significant difference in the thoracic mobilization by segment between the two groups. Based on these results, thoracic mobilization could help to improve pain control and functional activity in patients with chronic low-back pain.


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