Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Online ISSN : 2187-5626
Print ISSN : 0915-5287
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The Intervention Effects of Different Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain as Assessed by the Cross-sectional Area of the Multifidus Muscle
Qiuchen HuangDesheng LiNoriyo YokotsukaYuying ZhangHitomi UbukataMing HuoHitoshi Maruyama
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2013 Volume 25 Issue 7 Pages 811-813


[Purpose] The purpose of this this study was to examine the immediate effects of intervention of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF), neuromuscular joint facilitation (NJF) and NJF+pelvic floor muscle (PFM) exercise. [Subjects] Thirteen young people (5 males, 8 females) who had chronic low back pain on one side for more than 6 months. [Methods] Subjects were asked to lie on their sides with the painful side uppremost. The subjects received PNF, and NJF, NJF+PFM exercise treatments. The changes in the cross-sectional area of the multifidusmuscle were measured using ultrasonography. [Results] The cross-sectional area of the multifidus muscle of NJF+PFM group showed the largest increases on both the sides with and without pain. [Conclusion] Our results show that chronic low back pain can be improved by a combination of PFM exercise and the NJF pattern.

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