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Date of Award


Degree Type

Thesis (On-Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)

First Advisor

John Medeiros, PhD, PT

Second Advisor

Lori Avedisian, MS, PT


The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of strain and counterstrain with a treatment of hot packs, ultrasound, and massage. Ten subjects with cervical pain and decreased cervical range of motion (ROM)· were exposed to the two different methods over a period of two treatment sessions. Pain and cervical ROM were evaluated using the visual analog scale (VAS), the pain rating index (PRI) of the McGill Pain Questionnaire, and measurements in centimeters, respectively. The two different treatment methods were compared using a matched t-test (p<05). No significant differences between the two methods of treatment were found except for cervical right rotation which was significant in favor of strain on counterstrain (p=.014). The two different methods were found to be similar in their efficacy which indicates that further research is warranted.


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