For a study, the researchers aimed to compare exercise, the criterion standard, to the postural garment PosturePlusForce in the management of nonspecific cervical pain in women. According to the studies, analysis of both interventions regarding baseline posture, use of pharmacological pain relievers, compliance, and comfort was performed. A total of 32 female healthcare professionals with cervical pain (≥3 on the visual analog scale) were taken under consideration. Patients were asked to allocate to either performing exercises or wearing the postural garment. The cross-over between interventions was separated by a 3-months washout period. Both interventions showed a significant improvement in pain in subjects with adherence of more than 60%. However, with dorsal hyperkyphosis women (>45°), the garment indicated a more significant reduction in pain than exercise (P=0.019). Additionally, those wearing the garment needed fewer pain relievers than those performing exercises (P=0.007). Compliance was more than 50% for both interventions, and comfort was contingent on season. PosturePlusForce showed, at least, a familiar effect on pain to exercise, although those with dorsal hyperkyphosis experienced a more significant reduction in pain and associated variables with the garment. Pain relievers were less required by those wearing PosturePlusForce than those who performed the exercises.

 

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