The Somatic Connection  |   October 2017
Posteroanterior Joint Mobilization for Cervical Somatic Dysfunction
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  • Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, California 
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The Somatic Connection   |   October 2017
Posteroanterior Joint Mobilization for Cervical Somatic Dysfunction
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2017, Vol. 117, 667-668. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.127
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2017, Vol. 117, 667-668. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2017.127
Yung EY, Oh C, Wong MS, et al. The immediate cardiovascular response to joint mobilization of the neck - a randomized, placebo-controlled trial in pain-free adults. Musculoskelet Sci Pract. 2017;28:71-78. doi:10.1016/j.msksp.2017.01.013 
Osteopathic physicians manage cervical somatic dysfunction with a variety of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) techniques. Neck pain is a frequently encountered condition in clinical practice worldwide.1,2 Physical therapists often use oscillatory posteroanterior joint mobilization (PAJM), which is similar to articulatory OMT taught in osteopathic medical schools, both of which are widely known as effective interventions. Studies3,4 have established that cervical JM has a sympathoexcitatory effect, resulting in an elevation in systolic blood pressure (BP). 
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