Effects of Court-Type Thai Tradition Massage versus Stretching Exercise on Upper Back Pain Associated with Myofascial Trigger Points: A Pilot Study


  • Phanida Wamontree, Nittaya Putthumrugsa, Khongdet Phasinam, Dowroong Watcharinrat


Court-type Thai traditional massage, Stretching exercise, Myofascial trigger point, Upper back


The study aim to immediately verify the effects of court-type Thai traditional massage (CTTM) versus stretching exercise on upper back pain associated with myofascial trigger points (MTrPs). Twenty-four participants who had been diagnosed with MTrP in the upper back were randomly allocated in a massage group and exercise group. CTTM was applied to experimental group for 20 minutes and exercise group for 10 minutes. The visual analog scale of pain intensity (VAS), pressure pain threshold (PPT) and tissue hardness were assessed before and immediately after of treatment. Results of massage group had significant improvement in VAS, PPT except tissue hardness p<0.05). Similar changes were observed in exercise group (p<0.05) except PPT. In conclusion, CTTM, it could be an alternative treatment for patients with MTrPs.