Motor control exercise - new way to get rid of lower backacheFebruary 2nd, 2009 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS
Sydney, Feb 2 (IANS) Motor control exercise is a promising new way to get rid of persistent lower backaches, which offers lasting relief to patients. “Although the exercises seemed promising, until now we did not have clear evidence on whether or not they were more effective,” informed researcher Luciana G. Macedo, doctoral student at The George Institute for International Health, Sydney.
Motor control exercise, also known as specific stabilisation exercise, is a new form of exercise for back pain that has gained the attention of researchers and health practitioners over the past decade.
The exercise focuses on regaining control of the trunk muscles, also known as the transversus abdominis and multifidus, which support and control the spine. Previous studies of patients with lower back pain have shown they are unable to properly control these muscles.
Through motor control exercise, patients are taught how to isolate and ’switch on’ these muscles and then incorporate these movements into their normal activities.
“It is important to note that this form of exercise is different from going to the gym or going for a walk,” explained Macedo.
The programme relies upon a skilled clinician, such as a physical therapist, identifying the specific trunk muscles that are a problem and then working closely with patients to teach them how to get the muscles working properly again, said a George Institute release.
“The patient first learns to control these muscles in simple postures, then later in more challenging activities. The ultimate goal is for the patient to get the muscles to work to control and support the spine in those activities that previously caused pain.”
The study was published in the January issue of Physical Therapy, the scientific journal of the American Physical Therapy Association.
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