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Comparison of Effects of Different Myofascial Meridians Methods on Pain and Postural Control of College Students with Forward Head Posture
J Korean Soc Phys Med 2019;14(1):15-23
Published online February 28, 2019;
© 2019 Korean Society of Physical Medicine.

Byeong-Hoon Song, PT, MS⋅Yoon-Hee Choi, PT, MS1⋅Yong-Jun Cha, PT, PhD2†

Department of Physical Therapy, Daejeon CL Hospital
1Department of Physical Therapy, Graduate School, Daejeon University
2Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health and Medical Science, Daejeon University
Received September 28, 2018; Revised October 2, 2018; Accepted October 26, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to investigate the effects of the myofascial meridians release technique on pain and postural control of college students with forward head posture and to compare the intervention effects of the Grastone massage and the Rollfing massage.
METHODS: Thirty subjects with forward head posture were randomly and equally allocated to experimental group I (myofascial meridians release technique using Grastone massage, n=15) or experimental group II (myofascial meridians release using Rollfing massage, n=15). All subjects underwent 30 minutes of different myofascial meridians release techniques in addition to general physical therapy (hot pack: 15 min, interferential current therapy: 15 min, ultra sound: 5 min) three times a week for a total of 6 weeks. Outcome was measured before and after 4 weeks of intervention.
RESULTS: In both groups, the numerical rating scale of pain was significantly decreased after intervention, with experimental group I showing a greater decrease than experimental group II. The neck disability index decreased significantly after intervention in both groups, with experimental group I showing a significantly greater decrease than the controls. The distance of the head forward displacement did not differ significantly between the two groups (p>.05).
CONCLUSION: This study suggests that the Grastone method combined with the myofascial meridians release technique is a more effective intervention for improvement of pain and postural control in adults with moderate forward head posture.
Keywords : Myofascial meridians release, Pain, Posture, Forward head posture

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