In a previous post we discussed the benefits of thoracic manipulation for neck pain. In this post we listed 5 studies that showed good results when this form of treatment was used. Well, we can now add a 6th study to the list. A research study published last month in Manual Therapy assessed the effectiveness of thoracic manipulation for patients with chronic neck pain. The study showed that thoracic manipulation was effective in reducing pain, increasing range of motion and improving function. The researchers followed up with the patients 6 months after treatment and found the same results.
The results of these studies clearly point to the fact that thoracic manipulation should be considered as part of the overall treatment regimen for neck pain. When choosing a physical therapist for the treatment of neck pain we strongly encourage you to ask the therapist if they use this type of treatment. If you live in the Lakewood, CO area and would like to try thoracic manipulation along with education, specific exercise and other manual therapy techniques contact Belmar Physical Therapy at (303) 274-2404.