Immediate Effect of Myofascial Trigger Point Release on Chronic Neck Pain among Visual Display Terminal Operators

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International Journal of Research and Scientific Innovation (IJRSI) | Volume V, Issue I, January 2018 | ISSN 2321–2705

Immediate Effect of Myofascial Trigger Point Release on Chronic Neck Pain among Visual Display Terminal Operators

N.Ashok1, M.C. Karthi2

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1B.P.T, Clinical Therapist, SRM College of Physiotherapy, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Chennai 603202, India
2Student, SRM College of Physiotherapy, SRM Institute of Science and Technology, Kattankulathur, Chennai 603202, India

Abstract

Background: Neck pain is a common health issue which is always accompanied with marked disability in the general population. Musculoskeletal complaints in the neck and upper extremity in computer work are common in modern society and both show an increasing trend. Individuals working at desks and computers, or individuals who drive for a long period of time are more prone to this condition.
Objective: This study is to evaluate the immediate effect of myofascial trigger point release on chronic neck pain among visual display terminal operators.
Study Design: Experimental Study.
Subjects: 40 subjects, age group between 20-35 years of both male and female.
Intervention: A total of 40 subjects received myofascial trigger point release with pre and post-test.
Outcome Measures: Neck disability index (NDI) & Visual analogue scale (VAS).
Results: Statistical analysis was done by using paired ‘t’ test which showed significant improvement in subjects.
Conclusion: The findings show that myofascial trigger release is effective in chronic neck pain.

Key Words: Chronic neck pain, Visual display terminal operators, Myofascial trigger point release.

I. INTRODUCTION

Neck pain is a common health issue which is always accompanied with marked disability in the general population. Musculoskeletal complaints in the neck and upper extremity in computer work are common in modern society and both show an increasing trend.1,2

Neck disorders are prevalent nowadays; such disorders affect approximately 70% of the people at some point in their life. The visual display terminal operators sitting at a desk and working on a computer for the prolonged time can stress the Neck muscles causing soreness and even headache.5,7