International Journal of Physiotherapy and Research

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Type of Article : Original Research

Year: 2016 | Volume 4 | Issue 2 | Page No. 1429-1435

Date of Publication: 11-04-2016

DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2016.112


M. Seshagiri Rao *, Swathi Tejitha.

MPT (Sports Medicine), Associate Professor, SIMS College Of Physiotherapy, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Corresponding author: Dr. M. Seshagiri Rao, MPT (Sports Medicine), Associate Professor, SIMS College of Physiotherapy, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh-522001, India.


Background and Purpose: Posterior shoulder tightness (PST) can result due to abnormal humeral head motion which decreases subacromial space during overhead activities leading to compression of tissues causing limited shoulder flexion, internal rotation and horizontal adduction. Recently, some authors have expressed belief about cross body stretch and sleeper stretch. The need of this study is to know the effectiveness between three stretching protocols in PST.
Materials and Methods: 45 PST throwers were randomly selected into three groups, A Modified cross-body stretch (MCBS; n=15), B Modified sleeper stretch (MSS; n=15), and C Horizontal adduction stretch (HAS; n=15) and three stretching’s were given in respective groups for 4 weeks, 5 repetitions once daily. Pre and post-treatment values of Range of motion (ROM) with goniometry and actively moving the thumb up the back(TUB), shoulder disability with PENN Shoulder score were noted and statistically analyzed.
Results: The difference between three groups was significant. ROM (0.0003), TUB (0.0085), PENN Shoulder score (P<0.0001) which is considered significant in Modified cross-body stretch.
Conclusion: Results concluded that Modified cross-body stretch was beneficial in increasing Range of motion (ROM), decreasing pain, improving functional ability, and satisfaction levels.
Key Words: Modified cross-body stretch, Modified sleeper stretch, Horizontal adduction stretch, Range of motion, Posterior shoulder tightness.


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M. Seshagiri Rao, Swathi Tejitha. COMPARISON OF 3 STRETCHING PROTOCOLS FOR POSTERIOR SHOULDER TIGHTNESS IN THROWERS. Int J Physiother Res 2016;4(2):1429-1435. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2016.112




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