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Abstract


The effects of combined therapeutic protocol (kinesiotherapy and massage) on standing equilibrium in men with chronic low back pain due to lumbar disc herniation

Reza khanzadeh1, Seyed Ali Akbar Hashemi-Javaheri1, Farzad Omidi-Kashani2, Amir Shahriar Ariamanesh2*, Mahdi Mahjur1

1- Facualty of physical education and sport sciences, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad , Mashhad, Iran
2- Facualty of Orthopeadic Departmnet of Mashhad Medical University
* Corresponding Author




Introduction: Low back pain is one of the most common pains that most people will experience it at least for one time in their life. Based on past studies Patients with low back pain and sciatica have poor postural control and more postural fluctuations than normal individuals. The goal of this investigation was to study effects of the combined therapeutic protocol (kinesiotherapy and massage) on standing equilibrium in the patients with chronic low back pain due to lumbar disc herniation.

Materials and methods: We conducted a semi experienced study in two groups (experimental and control), each composed of 15 male patients with average age of 41.61 ± 4.98 years. Combined protocol was performed for eight weeks on experimental group. Control group had no special activity during experiment period. Biodex system was used for evaluation of patients' standing equilibrium. Dependent and independent t-tests (p≤0.05) were used for data analysis.

Results: Results showed that the combined protocol had positive effect on improvement (p=0/005) of standing equilibrium in experimental group.

Conclusion: Based on these results, combined therapeutic protocol can be used to prevent or improve standing equilibrium in patients suffering from chronic low back pain.

Keywords: Chronic low back pain, Disc herniation, Standing equilibrium, Kinesiotherapy, Massage.