Newsletter Excerpts: 8 New Studies on Neck--June 2024

Michelle Burns
June 20, 2024

Here is some of the information I recently shared in the June newsletter. Each newsletter has a specific focus.  This newsletter is focused on the neck, neck pain, and whiplash research. If you would be interested in receiving my other newsletters, which include links to the studies as well as special offers and sales coupons, please head over to my contact page and sign up.


  1. Impact of Pilates Exercises on Headaches
  2. Effect of Feldenkrais method and conventional exercises on Neck and low back pain
  3. Sub-occipital Muscle inhibition technique vs Cranio-cervical flexion exercise for mechanical neck pain
  4.  Ice massage vs positional release on trigger points in trapezius for nonspecific neck pain
  5. Effectiveness of magnetic therapy vs exercise in chronic mechanical neck pain
  6. Is adding dry needling to a standard care protocol beneficial in chronic neck pain?
  7. Effectiveness of Manual compression and stretching for Trigger Points in Upper Trapezius and Levator Scapulae
  8. Comparative effects of post isometric relaxation and Bowen's therapy in TMJD


1. A case series, titled The Impact of Clinical Pilates Exercises on Tension-Type Headaches: A Case Series, published in Behavioral Sciences, concludes: 4 sessions of 30 minute classes of Pilates exercises were held for 3 weeks. The pain intensity decreased in only 2 (of 9) participants. The impact of tension-type headaches on normal daily life and ability to function was improved in all patients.

2.  A study titled Effect of Feldenkrais Method and Conventional Exercise Protocol on Neck Pain and Low Back Pain in Corporate Employees Working from Home: A Comparative Study, published in Journal of Survey in Fisheries Sciences concludes: A significant reduction was found in neck pain and low back pain with Feldenkrais Method along with Conventional Exercise Protocol in corporate employees working from home.

3. A study titled Effects of Sub-Occipital Muscles inhibition Technique and Cranio-cervical Flexion Exercise for Mechanical Neck Pain, published in PJMHS in April 2023 concluded: Sub-occipital muscle inhibition technique and cranio-cervical flexion exercises are equally effective techniques to increase cervical range of motion, decrease neck disability, decrease pain intensity, and improve craniotomy-vertebral angle in patients with mechanical neck pain.

4. A study titled Ice Massage Versus Positional Release on Trapezius Trigger Points in Nonspecific Neck Pain, published in Eur. Che. Bull in 2023 concludes: Significant improvement in all variable were found in the group receiving positional release plus conventional therapy; the group receiving ice massage plus conventional therapy showed more improvement that the group receiving only conventional therapy. Those receiving only conventional therapy showed less improvement than the other two groups in all measures.

5. A study titled Effectiveness of Magnetic therapy versus exercise in elderly patients with chronic mechanical neck pain: A randomized clinical trial, published in Electronic Journal of General Medicine in 2024 concludes: results show significant improvements in both group, while the addition of magnetic therapy to exercise program induced only significant difference in the visual analog scale, single-leg stance time and time up and go tests. Magnetic group showed more response to cervical joint position sense.

6. A study titled Is adding dry needling to a standard care protocol beneficial in patients with chronic neck pain? A randomized placebo-controlled trial, published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice in May 2024 concludes: The addition of two sessions dry needling in the superficial neck muscles to a standard protocol (education, therapeutic exercise, electrotherapy) did not yield superior results compared to either the standard care alone or the standard care plus sham dry needling in patients with chronic neck pain in any outcome except for cervical range of movement.

7.  A study, titled Effectiveness of Manual Compression and stretching for the Myofascial Trigger Points in Upper Trapezius and Levator Scapulae in Office Workers, published in Journal of Health Rehabilitation Research in 2024 concludes: Manual compression proved more effective than manual stretching in improving ROM and reducing pain among patients with cervical myofascial trigger points.

8. A study, titled Comparative effects of post isometric relaxation technique and Bowen’s therapy on pain, range of motion, and function in patients with temporomandibular joint disorder, published in BMC Oral Health in 2024 concludes:  This study concluded that post-isometric relaxation was more effective in terms of pain, range of motions for mouth opening, lateral deviations and functional activity of temporomandibular joint disorder patients. However, both groups showed clinical results according to minimal clinical difference values.

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