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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Inchigeela graduate's PhD thesis is no pain in the neck

Cliona O'Riordan and family at the UL conferring on Wednesday. Photo by Liam Burke
Cliona O'Riordan and family at the UL conferring on Wednesday. Photo by Liam Burke

Chronic neck pain is a common condition that affects a large number of people and one Inchigeela woman has carried out a detailed study into suitable treatments to address the issue.

Cliona O'Riordan of Carrignacurra has just graduated from UL with a PhD thesis ambitiously titled: 'An Investigation into the Role of Targeted Resistance Exercise for the Deep Neck Flexors in Chronic Neck Pain Rehabilitation'

Cliona studied how active exercise targetting chronic neck pain improved their outcome.

Some research has shown that a muscular weakness, particularly of the deep neck flexor muscles, is present in some patients and so Cliona sought to highlight the effect of strengthening these particular muscles.

Patients with chronic neck pain currently receiving physiotherapy treatment were invited to participate in an eight-week exercise intervention research study - using deep neck flexors - as part of the investigation.

Patients found reduced pain and significantly increased strength, as well as reduced disability compared to patients who did not use the flexor device. "This PhD gave me the opportunity to explore my ideas, create something which may make a difference and gave me lots more ideas for more research," Cliona said.

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