Journal of Physical Therapy Science
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Influence of structural integration and fascial fitness on body image and the perception of back pain
Heidi BaurHannes GattererBarbara HotterMartin Kopp
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Keywords: Back pain, Rolfing, Exercise

Volume 29 (2017) Issue 6 Pages 1010-1013

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[Purpose] The aim of this study was to examine the influence of Structural Integration and Fascial Fitness, a new form of physical exercise, on body image and the perception of back pain. [Subjects and Methods] In total, 33 participants with non-specific back pain were split into two groups and performed three sessions of Structural Integration or Fascial Fitness within a 3-week period. Before and after the interventions, perception of back pain and body image were evaluated using standardized questionnaires. [Results] Structural Integration significantly decreased non-specified back pain and improved both “negative body image” and “vital body dynamics”. Fascial Fitness led to a significant improvement on the “negative body image” subscale. Benefits of Structural Integration did not significantly vary in magnitude from those for fascial fitness. [Conclusion] Both Structural Integration and Fascial Fitness can lead to a more positive body image after only three sessions. Moreover, the therapeutic technique of Structural Integration can reduce back pain.

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