Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies (2014) 18, 608-615
By Vilma Cosic, Julie Ann Day, Pietro Iogna, Antonio Stecco.
Background: Treatment of pubescent postural hyperkyphosis commonly includes postural exercises and auto-elongation. Myofascial imbalances can be involved in functional, sagittal plane deviations of spinal curves. This pilot-study assesses the effects of one manual therapy approach that addresses fascial dysfunctions (Fascial Manipulation) in pubescent subjects with postural hyperkyphosis. Methods: 17 subjects (mean age 11.8 DS 0.8; 9 males, 8 females) were evaluated for familiarity; psychological aspects; sport; pain; anteposition of shoulders, head, and pelvis; distance C7 and L3 from plumb-line; distance fingers to floor on forward bend. Each subject received 2e4 weekly sessions of Fascial Manipulation. Parameters were evaluated before and after manual treatment, with a follow-up at 7 months. Results: A statistically significant difference (p < 0.05) was present in all the parameters analysed
before and after treatment and at a 7 month follow-up. Conclusions: Results suggest that Fascial Manipulation could represent an approach to integrate
into treatment of postural hyperkyphosis in pubescent subjects.
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