Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Comparison of the effect of Cyriax cross friction massage and a Nintendo Wii-exercise program for the treatment of pain in chronic lateral epicondylit

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Aviv Hidrian and Indah Weyler
Professional Assignment Project (2008)

Objective: The aim of this pilot study is to compare the effectiveness of a supervised exercise program using the Nintendo Wii tennis game, to Cyriax cross friction massage in the treatment of lateral epicondylitis.
Methods: 10 subjects participated in the study (5 males, 5 females; mean age 50.4 (SD 3.5). Six subjects followed the Wii exercise program and four subjects received cross-friction massage according to the Cyriax method. Subjects in the Wii exercise group (Wii) received 25 min. and the Cross friction massage group (CF) received eight min. of treatment. Both groups were treated twice a week during six weeks. Using the Visual Analogue Scale (VAS), pain levels were assessed at baseline and after completion of the program at six weeks. Outcomes were analyzed using the independent, dependent and paired sample t-test.
Results: The difference in pre and post VAS scores was only significant within the Wii exercise group (p=.02), there was no significant difference found in pre and post VAS scores between the two intervention groups.
Conclusion: The Nintendo Wii exercise program had a significant effect on pain reduction in treatment of lateral epicondylitis

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