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Table 1 Components of the physiotherapy intervention

From: Efficacy and cost-effectiveness of a physiotherapy program for chronic rotator cuff pathology: A protocol for a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

Treatment component Dosage
Soft tissue massage 6 mins each position
   Anterior and posterior shoulder tissues performed in supine and sidelying respectively  
Glenohumeral joint mobilisation 4 × 30 seconds each position
   Anteroposterior and inferior joint glides in supine with shoulder at 45° and 90° abduction respectively  
Thoracic spine mobilisation (T1-8) Grade IV on each level – 4 mins in total
   Performed in prone using a central posteroanterior technique  
Cervical spine mobilisation (C5-7) Grade IV on each level – 4 mins in total
   Performed in prone using unilateral posteroanterior technique on both sides  
Scapular retraining Weeks 1 and 2 only
   In sidelying, therapist passively moves shoulder through range from elevation/protraction to retraction/depression then assisted by participant then independently. Isometric holds in retraction/depression 15 reps × 5 reps with 10 sec holds
Postural taping Continuous (day and night) for two weeks
   Taping of the shoulders and scapula to encourage scapular retraction and depression and thoracic extension Re-applied after one week by the therapist
Exercises Home program:
   Supervised and performed as home program Twice daily in first two weeks
  Once a day thereafter