Cervical Strength Training & Stabilization Exercises Better Than Just Stretching & Aerobic Exercises

This study randomly assigned 180 female office workers with chronic, nonspecific neck pain into 3 groups:

1) The endurance-training group performed dynamic neck exercises, which included lifting the head up from the supine and prone positions.

2) The strength-training group performed high-intensity neck strengthening and stabilization exercises with an elastic band

3) A control group / Aerobic and Stretching exercises only

Note: Both training groups did dynamic exercises for the shoulders and upper extremities with dumbbells. All groups were advised to do aerobic and stretching exercises regularly 3 times a week.

In a Nutshell: After 12 months, both strength and endurance training were significantly more effective in increasing ROM, decreasing pain and disability in women with chronic, non-specific neck pain.

On the other hand, basic stretching and aerobic exercising alone were much less effective than strength training.

Posted on: March 06, 2008

Categories: Cervical Spine

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