Effect of Deep Transverse Friction Massage and Ischemic Compression in Trapezitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Keywords:Deep transverse friction massage, Trapezitis, Ischemic compression, Trigger point
Background: Trapezitis is a commonly seen condition due to overuse and faulty posture. It leads to myofascial
trigger points and muscle spasm. It causes range of motion restriction of cervical spine, tenderness and neck
Aim: To evaluate the long term effect on pain and restricted range of motion following three days of
treatment involving deep transverse friction massage, ischemic compression and sham conventional group
in upper trapezitis.
Methodology: A Randomized controlled trial with 66 subjects (F = 61, M = 5) complaining of upper
trapezius pain since 15 days were randomly allocated for the study into three different groups with 22
subjects in each group (Group A= Deep Transverse Friction Massage, group B = Ischemic Compression and
group C = Conventional Therapy). Pre and post treatment visual analogue scale and lateral flexion of the
cervical spine to the opposite side were taken.
Result and Conclusion: The results showed statistically significant improvement (p=0.0001) pre and post
treatment within the groups. But there was no statistically significant difference between the groups (p >
0.05). Hence all the three groups were equally effective in reducing tenderness of upper trapezius.
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