A new study looked at how incorporating active motion exercise with passive mobilization improved outcomes for people with chronic cervical pain.
The unmentioned corollary to their study is about retraining motion with attentional focus required for effective motor control exercise, and supports the practice we recommend of integrating controlled motion exercise with attentional focus (StrongPosture® exercise protocols) with unlocking links in the kinetic chain to facilitate the motion being retrained (chiropractic for joints and deep muscles, massage for superficial muscles and fascia).
Their conclusion agrees with our longstanding contention that, “only the exercise group improved on a task of motor function highlighting the importance of specific active treatment for improved motor control of the cervical spine.”
Lluch, E., Schomacher, J., Gizzi, L., Petzke, F., Seegar, D., & Falla, D. (2014). “Immediate effects of active cranio-cervical flexion exercise versus passive mobilisation of the upper cervical spine on pain and performance on the cranio-cervical flexion test.” Manual Therapy, 19(1), 25-31. doi:10.1016/j.math.2013.05.011. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23806488