Volume 35, No. 01, Month JANUARY, Year 2020, Pages 44 - 50

Effect of trapezius muscle stretching with mindfulness meditation on the alteration of muscle tension and electromyography

Orawan Buranruk, Kulwarang Wongwilairat

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Background and Objective: Previous studies have found that changes in tension and electrical waves from stretching muscles can reduce neck and shoulder pain. And currently, the mindfulness meditation, which is called the Anapanasati, has been widely applied to use with various pain treatments. But no study of stretching with Anapanasati combination is still questionable. Thus, this study aimed to compare the effect of neck stretching with Anapanasati toward the change of muscle tension and Electromyography. Methods: Healthy female aged 20-25 years were 26 participants in this study and randomized allocation into two groups; 13 its each. The intervention group performed the stretching at upper Trapezius muscle with Anapanasati and the control group performed Anapanasati alone. They was measured using the muscle tension score and the root mean square (RMS) ratio of surface Electromyography (sEMG) to measure pretest and posttest; interview and observation during intervention were also recorded. Results: The results showed that the muscle tension scores were decreased in both groups and relaxation consistently; nevertheless, the RMS ratio was tended to decrease in the intervention group, compared with the control group. The upper trapezius muscle stretching was rather influenced with mindfulness meditation could reduce muscle tension and promote relaxation. Conclusions: Toward the concentration of movement and self-awareness in body sensation, associated with the development of neck stretching effectively


meditation, relaxation, self-promotion


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