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Effects of Cervical Stabilization Exercise Using Pressure Biofeedback on Neck Pain, Forward Head Posture and Acoustic Characteristics of Chronic Neck Pain Patients with Forward Head Posture
J Korean Soc Phys Med 2019;14(1):121-129
Published online February 28, 2019;  https://doi.org/10.13066/kspm.2019.14.1.121
© 2019 Korean Society of Physical Medicine.

Gi-Chul Kim⋅Pil-Neo HwangBo

Department of Physical Therapy, Daegu Health College
Received November 21, 2018; Revised November 27, 2018; Accepted December 29, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Abstract
PURPOSE: This study was conducted to measure the effects of cervical stabilization exercises on neck pain, forward head posture, and the acoustic characteristics frequency and amplitude modulation of patients with chronic neck pain caused by forward head posture using pressure biofeedback.
METHODS: 20 patients with chronic neck pain and voice disorders presenting at the S Exercise Center in Daegu, Korea, were included in the study. A cervical stabilization exercise program of 50 minutes per session was performed three times a week for eight weeks. Pressure biofeedback was utilized to determine the impact of the exercises on neck pain, forward head posture, and the acoustic characteristics of the patients. The measurements were taken prior to and after the intervention to determine any changes.
RESULTS: A significant improvement in neck pain, craniovertebral angle and the acoustic characteristics frequency and amplitude modulation of the patients was demonstrated after the intervention (p<.05).
CONCLUSION: Cervical stabilization exercises were demonstrated to have a significantly positive effect on neck pain, forward head posture, and vocalization stability in patients with chronic neck pain in the current study based on measurements taken using a pressure biofeedback system. This indicates that an improvement in forward head posture positively impacts postural stability and vocalization. Future studies investigating a greater range of interventions designed to improve neck pain and acoustical effects in patients with chronic neck pain and forward head posture patients are warranted.
Keywords : Acoustic characteristics, Cervical stabilization exercise, Forward head posture


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