Effectiveness of Active Release Technique verses Conventional Physiotherapy in Management of Upper Cross Syndrome
Keywords:Active Release technique, Upper cross syndrome, Physiotherapy
Background: In upper cross syndrome (UCS), weaker neck flexors, anterior and middle serratus and lower
trapezius along with rhomboids usually develop, and tightness of the levator scapulae, pectoralis major and
upper trapezius are biomechanically adapted. Active Release Technique (ART) helps to reduce discomfort
and improve the range of movement. Also, Active Release Technique (ART) is a manual procedure which is
also being used for other soft tissue rehabilitation as well as for the management of the scar tissues. UCS and
neck pain is common with uncomfortable job postures as well as in stress and anxiety, due to which muscle
dysfunction starts which can further followed by altered posture around the neck.
Aim and Objective: To evaluate the effects of Active Release Technique verses conventional physiotherapy
in management of upper cross syndrome physiotherapy.
Materials and Method: 35 patients will be grouped in two groups. Both groups will be treated for six
sessions. Group A will be treated with active release technique and static stretching along with hydrocollator
pack. The patients coming under Group B, conventional physiotherapy would be given which include upper
trapezoid stretching, levator scapulae and pectoralis major as well as rhomboid strengthening, deep neck
flexors, lower trapezius along with the hydrocollator pack.
Result: The parameters of outcome measures in interval of pre and post treatment will be analysed using the
statistical test namely students paired T test.
Conclusion: Based on the previous data of ART we assume it will be beneficial in relieving the symptoms
involved in UCS.
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