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J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Aug;27(8):2591-6. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.2591. Epub 2015 Aug 21.

The effect of six weeks of sling exercise training on trunk muscular strength and endurance for clients with low back pain.

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1
Department of Sports Medicine, College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University: Kaohsiung City 701, Taiwan ; Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan.
2
Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Ten-Chen General Hospital, Taiwan.
3
Department of Physical Therapy, College of Allied Health, Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan.
4
Department of Sports Medicine, College of Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University: Kaohsiung City 701, Taiwan.

Abstract

[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of 6 weeks sling exercise training for clients with low back pain on the levels of pain, disability, muscular strength and endurance. [Subjects and Methods] Twelve chronic LBP subjects participated in this study. Subjects were randomly divided into a control group and a training group. Subjects in the training group performed sling exercise training for six weeks, and participants in the control group did not perform any exercise. [Results] Pain, disability levels and muscular strength significantly improved in the training group, but not in the control group. The left multifidus showed a significant improvement in muscular endurance, measured as the slope of the median frequency after training. [Conclusion] Six weeks of sling exercise training was effective at reducing pain intensity, and improving the disability level and trunk muscular strength of subjects with low back pain.

KEYWORDS:

Chronic low back pain; Sling exercise training; Slope of median frequency

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