The Beliefs and Attitudes of Cypriot Physical Therapists Regarding the Use of Deep Friction Massage
AbstractBackground: Deep friction massage (DFM) is a widely used technique by physical therapists worldwide for chronic pain management. According to Dr. James Cyriax, compliance with the proposed guidelines is vital to obtain the desired therapeutic results. Objectives: This study explored the beliefs and attitudes of Cypriot physical therapists to DFM and their compliance with the suggested guidelines to identify any empirical-based application patterns and compare them to the suggestions of Cyriax. In addition, the prevalence of DFM use in clinical practice in Cyprus was investigated. Methods: Questionnaires, consisting of 18 multiple choice questions and a table of six sub-questions, were distributed to 90 local physical therapists. Results: A total of 70% of respondents declared that they perform DFM in their daily practice. The respondents answered 11 out of the 19 technical questions in compliance with the guidelines. Conclusion: The study revealed the DFM application pattern of Cypriot physical therapists. The compliance percentage of this pattern to Cyriax guidelines was 58% in general and 62.5% for patients with chronic conditions. View Full-Text
Share & Cite This Article
Pitsillides, A.; Stasinopoulos, D. The Beliefs and Attitudes of Cypriot Physical Therapists Regarding the Use of Deep Friction Massage. Medicina 2019, 55, 472.
Pitsillides A, Stasinopoulos D. The Beliefs and Attitudes of Cypriot Physical Therapists Regarding the Use of Deep Friction Massage. Medicina. 2019; 55(8):472.Chicago/Turabian Style
Pitsillides, Alexios; Stasinopoulos, Dimitrios. 2019. "The Beliefs and Attitudes of Cypriot Physical Therapists Regarding the Use of Deep Friction Massage." Medicina 55, no. 8: 472.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.