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Efficacy of myofascial release techniques in the treatment of primary Raynaud's phenomenon

Authors
Journal
Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
1360-8592
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
12
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2007.12.002
Keywords
  • Primary Raynaud'S Phenomenon
  • Myofascial Release
  • Fascia
  • Sympathetic Nervous System
  • Vasospastic Episodes

Abstract

Summary Objective This study investigated whether myofascial release techniques performed on upper body connective tissue could mitigate the frequency, duration or pain intensity associated with primary Raynaud's phenomenon. Methods Five treatments were administered over a 3-week treatment period on a 35-year-old female experiencing primary Raynaud's phenomenon for the past 12 years. A log was kept documenting frequency, duration and severity of pain. The myofascial work targeted the upper back, neck and arms according to hypothetical fascial meridian lines. Results Symptom duration was the one characteristic that showed improvement. After the first treatment, the duration of the subject's vasospastic episodes was reduced by almost half and continued to decrease throughout the 3 weeks of treatments. Neither the frequency or number of affected digits varied significantly from the pre-treatment weeks. Conclusions The results suggest that by releasing restricted fascia, myofascial techniques may influence the duration and severity of the vasospastic episodes experienced in primary Raynaud's phenomenon.

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