Background: Some normotensive patients can have a spike in resting systolic blood pressure (SBP) in response to acute neck pain. Applying the typical dosage of mobilization may potentially result in a sympatho-excitatory response, further increasing resting SBP. Therefore, there is a need to explore other dosage regimens that could result in a decrease in SBP.
Objectives: To compare the blood pressure (BP) and heart rate (HR) response of pain-free, normotensive adults when receiving unilateral posterior-to-anterior mobilization (PA) applied to the neck versus its corresponding placebo (PA-P).
Study design: Double-Blind, Randomized Clinical Trial.
Yung, Emmanuel; Oh, Cheongeun; Wong, Michael; Grimes, Jason K.; Barton, Erica M.; Ali, Muhammad I.; and Cameron, David A., "The Immediate Cardiovascular Response to Joint Mobilization of the Neck - A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial in Pain-Free Adults" (2017). All PTHMS Faculty Publications. 259.
Musculoskeletal Science and Practice