Comparative effects of Fascial Stretch Therapy versus passive stretching on glenohumeral joint dysfunction and pain: A randomized controlled trial
Date of Award
Master of Science in Exercise Science
Dr. Brenda Davies
As ground reaction became a less present reactive force on the shoulder girdle, primate scapula, humerus, and clavicle changed fundamentally in structure and function. These changes facilitate a massive range of motion, and functional scope of movement. Yet, the freedom inherent to its new abilities presents the potential for maladjustments and shoulder impingement or dysfunction. This study aims to explore the comparative effects of Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) techniques versus self-administered passive stretching to increase mobility and reduce pain for those who suffer from chronic glenohumeral joint (GHJ) pain and dysfunction. The secondary goal of this randomized controlled study is to identify and validate the therapeutic effects of FST on all dysfunction and pain, defined by a 7 or higher on a pain scale combined with a measured or observed restriction in the anatomically correct GHJ ROM. Simple randomization will independently assign participants to either a control or experimental group. The control group will be given a 4-week 3 times a week passive stretching program. The experimental group will follow a four-week program including 30 min passive stretching sessions 3 times a week. The outcome variables include positive or negative changes in the range of motion by goniometer or pain assessment decreases in surveys of the GHJ. The results from this study may encourage therapists and medical doctors to accept FST as an effective means of corrective and restorative manual therapy of the GHJ.