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J Exerc Rehabil. 2017 Apr 30;13(2):227-231. doi: 10.12965/jer.1734910.455. eCollection 2017 Apr.

Effects of a static stretch using a load on low back pain patients with shortened tensor fascia lata.

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Department of Physical Theraphy, Graduate School of Industry & Business Administration of Kyungnam University, Changwon, Korea.
Department of Sports Healthcare, College of Humanities & Social Sciences, Inje University, Gimhae, Korea.


Stretch of tensor fascia lata (TFL) improves range of motion on hip and pelvis and it reported to help reduce low back pain. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to investigate effects of static stretching using a load on TFL in patients with low back pain. Twenty three subjects were recruited according to the selection criteria. The subjects were randomly assigned to static stretching group (control, n=12), and a static stretching using a load group (experimental, n=11). All group performed stretching for 15 min (side for 50 sec per time and a rest for 30 sec) per day in the left side and the right, respectively, for 2 weeks. Before and after the intervention, all groups measured visual analogue scale (VAS), stand and reach test, and the Oswestry disability index (ODI). In the present results, we found that the experimental group showed significant differences in VAS, stand and reach test, and the ODI (P<0.05) in before and after the intervention. Therefore, static stretching using a load can be actively utilized for low back pain patients with shortened TFL.


Load; Low back pain; Static stretch; Tensor fascia lata

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CONFLICT OF INTEREST No potential conflict of interest relevant to this article was reported.

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