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J Phys Ther Sci. 2016 Oct;28(10):2894-2897. Epub 2016 Oct 28.

Effects of neurofeedback training on the cervical movement of adults with forward head posture.

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Department of Physical Therapy, Taegu Science University, Republic of Korea.
Department of Physical Therapy, Yeungnam University College, Republic of Korea.


[Purpose] The purpose of the present study was to examine the effects of neurofeedback training on postural changes in the cervical spine and changes in the range of motion of the neck and in the Neck Disability Index in adults with forward head posture. [Subjects and Methods] The subjects of the study were 40 college students with forward head posture, randomly divided into a neurofeedback training group (NFTG, n=20) and a control group (CG, n=20). The neurofeedback training group received six sessions of pottery and archery games, each for two minutes, three times per week for four weeks, using the neurofeedback system. [Results] There were no significant effects within and between groups in terms of the absolute rotation angle, anterior weight bearing, and range of extension and flexion by x-ray imaging. There were significant effects in the neurofeedback training group pre- intervention and post-intervention in Neck Disability Index. There were significant effects between groups in Neck Disability Index. [Conclusion] It is thought that neurofeedback training, a training approach to self-regulate brain waves, enhances concentration and is therefore an effective intervention method to improve neck pain and daily activities.


Forward head posture; Neck Disability Index; Neurofeedback

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