Ibero-American Journal of Exercise and Sports Psychology

Graston Technique Versus Soft Tissue Release on Myofascial Neck Pain Syndrome: A Randomized Controlled Trial


Mohamed Serag Eldein Mahgoub, Neveen Abdelatif Abdelraouf*, Mohamed Ali Elshafey, Mohamed T Eldesoky, Sobhy Mahmoud Aly, Samah Saad Zahran and Enas E. Abutaleb

Background: Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) is a local pain disease affecting all ages that are characterized by trigger points (TrPs) in muscles or fascia.
Objective: To compare the efficacy of the Graston technique versus soft tissue release on patients with myofascial neck pain syndrome.
Design: pre-test post-test randomized controlled trial.
Participants: 60 (male and female) Patients ages ranged from 25 to 40 years assigned to 3 groups.
Interventions: Each group consists of 20 cases Group (A) received Graston technique plus conventional treatment. Group (B) received soft tissue release plus conventional treatment. Group (C) received traditional treatment only.
Main Outcome Measures: They were assessed for cervical pain intensity using analogue visual scale, daily activities using a neck disability score, range of motion using an inclinometer, and tenderness using a pressure algometer pre-and post-treatment.
Results: There was a significant difference between the Graston technique and soft tissue release. Both were more successful than the control group in pain relief, functional impairment, and range of motion, with the Graston approach having a more beneficial impact.
Conclusion: Graston technique has a superior impact on relieving neck discomfort, functional impairment, and range of motion.


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