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The Beliefs and Attitudes of Cypriot Physical Therapists Regarding the Use of Deep Friction Massage

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Department of Health Sciences, School of Sciences, European University Cyprus, Nicosia 1516, Cyprus
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Cyprus Musculoskeletal and Sports Trauma Research Centre (CYMUSTREC), Nicosia 1516, Cyprus
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Medicina 2019, 55(8), 472; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicina55080472
Received: 13 June 2019 / Revised: 7 August 2019 / Accepted: 7 August 2019 / Published: 12 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Chronic Pain Management)
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Abstract

Background: 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
Keywords: Cyriax method; transverse frictions; deep friction massage; deep transverse massage; friction massage; chronic pain; chronic musculoskeletal pain Cyriax method; transverse frictions; deep friction massage; deep transverse massage; friction massage; chronic pain; chronic musculoskeletal pain
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Pitsillides, A.; Stasinopoulos, D. The Beliefs and Attitudes of Cypriot Physical Therapists Regarding the Use of Deep Friction Massage. Medicina 2019, 55, 472.

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