Skill and coordination-focused exercise 'can reduce lower back pain'

11 January 2016

People affected by lower back pain could address the problem through exercises targeted at improving skill and coordination.

This is according to a study published by the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, which analysed data from 29 randomised trials involving a total of 2,431 men and women to investigate the impact of motor control exercises as a treatment for lower back pain.

It was found that targeting exercises to muscles that support and control the spine resulted in improvements in pain and disability compared with minimal intervention and other types of exercise.

Lead author Bruno Saragiotto from the George Institute at the University of Sydney said: "It's important we see more research in this field so that patients can make more informed choices about persisting with treatment."

Motor control exercise sees patients initially guided by a therapist to practice normal use of the muscles with simple tasks. As their skill and ability increases, the exercises become more complex, allowing them to perform functional tasks that they may need to carry out during typical work or leisure activities.

Posted by Philip Briggs

 


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