The influence of fascial manipulation on shoulder range of motion, pain, and function in individuals with chronic shoulder pain

Shruti Poojari, Neha C. Kamani, Prabu Raja G

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Background: A prevalent musculoskeletal condition that has a substantial socioeconomic impact and causes considerable morbidity is chronic shoulder pain (CSP). CSP may result from a dysfunction of the upper quarter region's (UQR) myofascial continuum (MC), which is connected by deep fascia. Fascial Manipulation® (FM), proposed by Luigi Stecco, involves deep kneading performed at specific points on the deep fascia. FM is considered to reinstate the gliding of the fascial layers, thus may aid in the reduction of pain and improvement of shoulder function. Objective: This study aims to determine the influence of FM on shoulder pain, passive range of motion (PROM), and function in participants with CSP. Design: Single group, pretest-posttest design. Method: Eighteen individuals with CSP aged 18–45 years were recruited. FM was applied to the painful and densified centre of coordination (CC) points on the MC of the UQR based on Stecco's FM method. The therapist performed the baseline, post-treatment, and numerical pain rating scale (NPRS) at rest and during activity, PROM, and pressure pain threshold (PPT). The follow-up measurements were done after seven days following the FM intervention. Also, the baseline and follow-up measurements of disability of arm, shoulder, and hand (DASH) score were performed. Results: A considerable improvement in all shoulder PROM (p < 0.01), DASH score (p = 0.01), and pain reduction (p = 0.01) following FM were observed. However, the PPT showed no differences following FM (p > 0.05). Conclusion: FM may be an effective treatment strategy in reducing pain and improving shoulder range of motion and function in patients with CSP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-60
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Publication statusPublished - 10-2024

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Complementary and Manual Therapy
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Complementary and alternative medicine


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