Immediate effect of cervical mobilization in temporomandibular disorder patients


  • Cristiane Rodrigues Pedroni University of Campinas – Piracicaba Dental School
  • Anamaria Siriani Oliveira Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine, University of São Paulo
  • Fausto Bérzin University of Campinas – Piracicaba Dental School



Mobilization. Cervical spine. Temporomandibular disorder. Pain


The aim of this study was to assess the immediate effect of cervical mobilization on pain intensity and cervical range of motion in patients with temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD). Twenty-two volunteers, all females, participated in this study. The experimental and placebo groups were comprised of TMD patients with rotation at least one of the three first cervical vertebrae observed by radiographic examination, while the control group was comprised of TMD-free subjects without cervical vertebrae rotation. The results showed that there was a significant decrease in pain intensity and a significant increase in rotation and lateral flexion range of motion of volunteers of experimental group immediately after application of the cervical mobilization procedure. However, all these effects were of short duration.


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Cristiane Rodrigues Pedroni, University of Campinas – Piracicaba Dental School

Possui graduação em Fisioterapia pela Universidade Federal de São Carlos (1999), mestrado em Fisioterapia pela Universidade Federal de São Carlos (2003) e doutorado em Biologia Buco-Dental pela Faculdade de Odontologia de Piracicaba - FOP/UNICAMP (2007). É sócia da Abrapg.ft e sócia-fundadora da Sociedade Brasileira de Eletromiografia e Cinesiologia, docente da Universidade Estadual Paulista - UNESP.

Anamaria Siriani Oliveira, Ribeirão Preto School of Medicine, University of São Paulo

Dr. Oliveira is physiotherapist and received her Ph.D. degree (2002) in Anatomy from Campinas University, São Paulo, Brazil. She is currently Associate Professor of Physical Therapy in the Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo USP, Brazil, where she teaches Kinesiology and Biomechanics, and Non-Pharmalogical Conservative Pain Management. She was Visitor Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine da University of Washington, Seattle, USA (2008-2009). Dr. Oliveira is a founder member of the Brazilian Society of Kinesiologic Electromyography, and is an Editorial Board Member (Specialist Editor for Musculoskeletal PT) for the Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy. She has coordinated the Posture and Human Movement Analysis Laboratory since 2003 where hers group works on shoulder biomechanics, especially during exercises, and pain related to chronic musculoskeletal disorders as impingment syndrome. She has been financial supported by São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) since 1998, among others.

Fausto Bérzin, University of Campinas – Piracicaba Dental School

Possui Graduação em Odontologia pela Universidade Estadual de Campinas (1966) e Especialização em Anatomia pela Universidade de São Paulo (1970), Doutorado em Ciências pela Faculdade de Odontologia de Piracicaba (1974). Professor Titular de 1966 a 2010 pela Faculdade de Odontologia de Piracicaba-UNICAMP. Atualmente é Professor Colaborador da Faculdade de Odontologia de Piracicaba-UNICAMP, Professor Visitante do Programa de Pós-Graduação em Fisioterapia, da Universidade Federal de São Carlos, no período de Março de 1998 a Setembro de 2010, Assessor do Fundo de Apoio ao Ensino à Pesquisa, Assessor da Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo e Assessor do CNPq


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Pedroni CR, Oliveira AS, Bérzin F. Immediate effect of cervical mobilization in temporomandibular disorder patients. Braz. J. Oral Sci. [Internet]. 2015 Nov. 19 [cited 2022 Nov. 26];4(15):911-8. Available from:




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