Efficacy of a multimodal physiotherapy treatment program for postural disorders and pain: a case report

  • Kirkke Reisberg Department of Physiotherapy, Tartu Health Care College, Tartu, Estonia; Institute of Sport Sciences and Physiotherapy, University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
  • Caris-Helena Kaup Department of Physiotherapy, Tartu Health Care College, Tartu, Estonia
Keywords: hyperkyphosis, forward head posture, scoliosis, physiotherapy


The participant of this study was a 40-year-old female, who mainly complained of middle thoracic stiffness and pain in extension at the mid thoracic level with hyperkyphosis, forward head and mild thoracic dextroscoliosis. The subject participated in multimodal home-based physiotherapy program with the duration of 9 months, consisting of posture exercises, soft tissue massage therapy and thoracic manipulations. Comparison of initial and final evaluation revealed the improvement in all evaluated variables, including the reduction of thoracic hyperkyphosis, forward head posture and thoracic dextroscoliosis, freer and less painful thoracic spine extension mobility, no pain in the sacroiliac joint, and increased satisfaction with the posture. There was also notable improvement in the algometry of the paraspinal muscles, equalization of functional lower-leg length and rib-pelvic distance of both sides of body. In conclusion, the proposed physiotherapy protocol can be beneficial in addressing postural faults such as thoracic hyperkyphosis, forward head and scoliosis. However, further research is needed with a larger sample.


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