Exercise Therapy and Body Awareness Therapy: Which To Use For Chronic Whiplash?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Exercise and Body Therapy

Basic Body Awareness Therapy isn’t something we currently offer in our office. Nonetheless, I found this research article interesting and felt it could be beneficial to highlight it. This therapy is common in Scandinavia and seems to be gaining more and more acceptance amongst physiologists and physical therapists.

Research like this should help to further its popularity.

WHY THEY DID IT

In a search for further, more effective treatments for chronic whiplash associated disorders (WAD), the researchers wanted to determine the effectiveness of exercise therapy vs. body awareness therapy in the treatment of chronic whiplash associated therapy.

Although exercise therapy has shown pain relief in these cases, there was need for a randomized comparitive trial for body awareness therapy.

HOW THEY DID IT

  • 113 patients that had chronic WAD.
  • The WAD had to be of several years’ in duration.
  • 57 patients underwent exercise therapy.
  • 56 underwent body awareness therapy.
  • 10 weeks of twice-weekly sessions.
  • Each session lasted 90 minutes of either treatment.
  • The primary measure was from the Neck Disability Index Outcome Questionnaire.

WHAT THEY FOUND

  • The body awareness therapy actually increased physical function more than the exercise group.
  • Three months after treatment, the body awareness group still had less pain then the exercise group.
  • The body awareness therapy group had increased social functioning.
  • There were no serious complications in either group.

WRAP UP

In this randomized comparative trial, BAT increased physical functioning and led to greater pain reduction and social functioning 3 months after the end of treatment.

by Jeff S. Williams, D.C.
Chiropractor in Amarillo
Accident Chiropractic
Creek Stone Integrated Care

http://www.creekstonecare.com

Authors
Seferiadis A1, Ohlin P, Billhult A, Gunnarsson R.

Author information
Department of Occupational and Physical Therapy , Sahlgrenska University Hospital , Gothenburg , Sweden.

Citation:
Disabil Rehabil. 2015 May 20:1-10. [Epub ahead of print]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/25955823/