A NEW INSTRUCTING METHODOLOGY INSPIRED BY PERFORMING ARTS AUGMENTS THE EFFECTS OF MYOFASCIAL TRAINING IN THE REDUCTION OF CHRONIC SPINAL PAIN
The aim of the present research was to investigate the effectiveness of myofascial training in the functional management of chronic spinal pain and to explore if the integration of a new instructing methodology derived from performing arts would bring added value to the reduction of pain. 33 women from 32 to 61 years who were experiencing chronic neck, upper back, and/or low back pain were split into three groups: “Exercise Group” (EXG), “Art Group” (AG), and “Control Group”. Both experimental groups followed 18 digital prerecorded sessions of approximately 30 minutes each, for 6 weeks, 3 times weekly. The protocol included different types of stretches and self-myofascial release with a Foam Roller. The exercises and the instructions for the technical execution of them were identical for EXG and AG, but AG was receiving some additional instructions inspired by techniques used in the field of performing arts. Both experimental groups achieved a reduction of pain, but the positive outcomes were more prominent at the AG. These results indicate that the exercise protocol alone was effective in reducing pain in women suffering from chronic spinal pain but even more effective when combined with instructions derived from performing arts.