Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant professor of Department of Sports Injury and Corrective Exercises, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Hakim Sabzevari University, Sabzevar, Iran

2 Department of Sport Injuries and Corrective Exercises , Sport Sciences Research Institute, Tehran, Iran.

3 Msc of Raja University


Introduction: The aim of this study was the effect of release massage and stretching exercises on pain, ROM and functional disability of the Neck due to Myofascial Trigger Points of the Trapezius Muscle.
Materials and Methods: 30 patients were divided into three groups including massage group, stretching group and control group. Patients in experimental groups received training for 8 weeks. Pain, ROM and functional disability were measured with a visual analog scale, goniometer and Neck Pain and Disability Scale, respectively.
Results: The results showed that stretching exercises and massage led to a significant increase in ROM and a significant decrease in pain and functional disability. Also, significant differences were observed between the two groups for all variables.
Conclusion: Based on the results, massage can have more advantages than stretching exercises, but due to the benefits of stretching movements as an exercises approach, these exercises are recommended for trigger points.


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