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Tailored Exercise with an Innovative Mechanical Device: Effects on Cervical-Dorsal Rachis

Department of Medical, Surgery and Neurological Sciences, University of Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy
Med-Ex, Medical Partner Scuderia Ferrari, 00187 Roma, Italy
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Academic Editor: Giuseppe Musumeci
J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2016, 1(2), 183-192;
Received: 6 January 2016 / Revised: 31 March 2016 / Accepted: 11 April 2016 / Published: 15 April 2016
Trapezius muscle has a fundamental role in cervico-dorsal pain and posture. Often, in movements involving trapezius, the predominant activity is carried out by the upper trapezius, and many times this may be a risk factor for the integrity of the cervico-dorsal structures. To investigate the effects of physical exercise with the new device called the “Angel’s Wings” on a sample of different professionals. We enrolled 15 volunteers for electromyography (EMG) data, which was collected during the physical performance; 3 volunteers for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data, collected before and after a training period; and 73 workers of Ferrari S.p.A. and the Scuderia Ferrari racing team division for a visual analogue scale (VAS) pain score, collected before and after one session of training. EMG shows a decoupling of upper and lower trapezius activity; MRI shows a realignment of cervical-dorsal rachis after one month of training; VAS pain score significantly decreased after the physical exercise with the “Angel’s Wings”. Results show that the use of the “Angel’s Wings” is applicable to counteract and decrease the neck pain by a decontraction of the upper trapezius and correct postural defects of the cervico-dorsal column. View Full-Text
Keywords: Angel’s Wings; neck pain; occupational medicine Angel’s Wings; neck pain; occupational medicine
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Messa, L.V.; Biffi, A.; Fernando, F.; Ginanneschi, F.; Rossi, A. Tailored Exercise with an Innovative Mechanical Device: Effects on Cervical-Dorsal Rachis. J. Funct. Morphol. Kinesiol. 2016, 1, 183-192.

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