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Immediate Effects of Soft Tissue Massage on Posterior Shoulder Muscle Tightness: A Preliminary Study

Published on 22nd January 2015


Immediate Effects of Soft Tissue Massage on Posterior Shoulder Muscle Tightness: A Preliminary Study
Choi, Sil-Ah; Lee, Ji-Hyun; Yoon, Tae-Lim; Cynn, Heon-Seock;
 

Posterior shoulder muscle tightness is frequently observed in shoulder impingement syndrome because tightness in the posterior portion of the shoulder muscles can cause anterior and superior translation of the humeral head in relation to the glenoid fossa. The purpose of this study was to determine the immediate effects of soft tissue massage on acromiohumeral distance (AHD), anterior translation of the humeral head, and glenohumeral (GH) range of motion (ROM) in subjects with posterior shoulder muscle tightness.

Twenty-seven subjects with greater than   difference in the range of GH horizontal adduction between right and left sides were recruited. The range of GH horizontal adduction and internal rotation were measured by a digital inclinometer. The AHD and anterior translation of the humeral head were measured using ultrasonography. A paired t-test was used to compare AHD, anterior translation of the humeral head, and the range of GH horizontal adduction and internal rotation before and after soft tissue massage. The results showed that AHD increased significantly (p<.05) and the anterior translation of humeral head decreased slightly, but not significantly (p=.40) after the soft tissue massage. Furthermore, the ROM of horizontal adduction and internal rotation in the GH joint increased significantly after the soft tissue massage (p<.05).

These findings indicate that soft tissue massage on posterior shoulder muscle tightness is an effective method to increase AHD and ROM in the horizontal adduction and internal rotation of the GH joint.

 

http://www.koreascience.or.kr/article/ArticleFullRecord.jsp?cn=JMMCBN_2012_v19n4_8 

Keywords: posterior shoulder muscle tightness

 

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