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ISSN : 2092-8475(Print)
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Journal of International Academy of Physical Therapy Research Vol.9 No.2 pp.1513-1516
DOI : https://doi.org/10.20540/JIAPTR.2018.9.2.1513

Effect of upper thoracic mobilization on cervical alignment in stroke patients with forward head posture: A case study

Sin Jun Parka,Si Eun Parkb
aGangdong College, Yeoju
bPohang University, Pohang, Republic of Korea
Address for correspondence Si Eun Park, PT, Ph.D Department of Physical Therapy, Pohang College: 60 Sindeok-ro, Heunghae-eup, Buk-gu, Pohang-si, Republic of Korea Tel: 82-10-3930-2361

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the effect of upper thoracic mobilization on cervical alignment in stroke patients with forward head posture. The subject's of this study were two stroke patients with forward head posture and a cervical curve angle (four-line Cobb's method; FLCM) less than 40°. The intervention, central posterior-anterior (PA) mobilization, was applied to the T1-T4 vertebrae (upper thoracic spine) following the Maitland concept. This mobilization was applied three times per week for four weeks. In the results, the cervical curve angle (FLCM) increased for both subject 1 and 2. However, Jochumsen method score was decreased in subject 1, while it was increased in subject 2. These results demonstrate that upper thoracic mobilization had the positive effect on the cervical curve angle but not on Jochumsen method score. These findings suggest that PA mobilization on the upper thoracic spine could correct cervical curve angle measured by FLMC in stroke patients with FHP.

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