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Comparison of Sensorimotor Training using Chin-Tuck Exercise with Therapeutic Stretching Training on Neck Pain and Mobility in Individuals with Chronic Non-Specific Neck Pain: A pilot randomized controlled trial
J Korean Soc Phys Med 2019;14(2):29-40
Published online May 31, 2019;
© 2019 Journal of The Korean Society of Physical Medicine.

Chang-Yong Kim, PT, PhD · Hyeong-Dong Kim, PT, PhD1†

1Scientific Instruments Reliability Assessment Center, Korea Basic Science Institute
1Department of Physical Therapy and School of Health and Environmental Science, College of Health Science, Korea University
Received February 19, 2019; Revised February 21, 2019; Accepted March 6, 2019.
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: Despite the widespread occurrence in the general population, few studies have directly evaluated the effects of shingles on non-specific neck pain (NSNP). This study investigated whether sensory training or therapeutic stretching exercises are more effective in increasing neck mobility and reducing neck pain in chronic NSNP patients.
METHODS: Eighty-one subjects aged between 20 and 32 years with chronic neck pain (> six months), were allocated randomly to three groups: sensorimotor training group (STG), therapeutic stretching group (TSG), and home exercise group (HEG). All participants received a half-hour training session, three times weekly for six weeks. The outcomes were evaluated using the neck disability index for measuring neck pain, and a universal goniometer to measure the cervical passive range of motion before and after the six-week intervention.
RESULTS: The post-test neck disability index scores in the STG (t = 4.86) and TSG (t = 3.24) were decreased significantly (p < .05). The passive range of motion changes in all cervical movements in the STG was increased significantly (p < .05) after intervention compared to those in the other two groups.
CONCLUSION: Sensorimotor training using chin tuck exercises may improve neck pain and mobility in subjects with chronic NSNP.
Keywords : Chin tuck exercise, Neck mobility, Non-specific neck pain, Therapeutic stretching training, Sensorimotor training

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