Treatment of Upper Back Pain with Thai Therapeutic Massage for Office Workers

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Narongsak Chantawang


The prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders with upper back pain has been increasing in relation to the
use of computers of office workers. The aim of this study was to review the treatment procedures of
traditional Thai massage (TTM), or Nuad Thai, for upper back pain. The review covered: the symptoms of
upper back pain; TTM-related physical examination, diagnosis, treatment and advice; anatomical structures
associated with TTM; and reported effectiveness of TTM in reducing pain intensity, decreasing anxiety,
enhancing tissue flexibility, increasing relaxation, increasing pressure pain threshold, and improving cervical
range of motion (CROM).


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