Pressure point release as an adjunctive technique in the management of sacroiliac joint dysfunction

Authors: Ronald Prabhakar, Subhash Khartri.
VIMS Health Sci Journal: 2016;3(1):20-22


A single case study with ABC design was done to investigate the effects of pressure point release technique on the pain caused by Sacroiliac joint dysfunction. A 44 year old male subject with complaints of pain in right Sacroiliac region and diagnosis of SI joint dysfunction was included in study. The technique involved application of pressure point release along with active movements. The subject received one treatment session by the therapist and six sessions as part of self administered treatment at home. Improvement in pain, pain pressure threshold and disability related to back pain was measured using numerical pain rating scale, pain algometry modified Oswestry back disability index respectively. At follow-up there was 50% reduction in pain and disability was reduced to 20%. The pressure point threshold level increased by about 13 pounds at follow-up. It was concluded that pressure point release technique could be used as an adjunctive method of treatment along with conventional physiotherapy for the treatment of sacroiliac joint dysfunction.

Key Words: Sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD), Pressure point release technique (PPRT), Numerical pain rating scale (NPRS) and Modified Oswestry Back Disability index (MODQ)