Title

Cardiovascular Response to Laterally Directed Pressure Applied to the Cervical Spine

Document Type

Abstract

Publication Date

2015

Program

Physical Therapy

Abstract

The neurophysiologic system that modulates pain overlaps with blood pressure (BP) as observed in BP-related hypoalgesia. Cervical spine (CS) posterior pressure (AP) was shown to decrease systolic BP (SBP) while lateral glides (LAT) in the upper limb neurodynamic test (ULNT) position, LAT+ULNT, increased SBP. CS LAT appears effective for cervical radiculopathy. However, the cardiovascular response to LAT alone is unknown and many patients early on may only tolerate LAT but not LAT + ULNT.

Comments

At the time of publication, K. Wikfors, H. Powell, T. Smith, and S. Schipper were all graduate students in the Physical Therapy Department at Sacred Heart University.

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