Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 6; Issue 4 (August 2018)

Page No.: 2806-2812

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijpr.2018.155


Hironori Ogura, Kazuya Ito *, Kenji Hoshi, Kazuyoshi Gamada.

Graduate School of Medical Technology and Health Welfare Sciences, Hiroshima International University, Hiroshim, Japan.

Address for correspondence: Kazuya Ito, Graduate School of Medical Technology and Health Welfare Sciences, Hiroshima International University, 555-36 Kurose-Gakuendai, Higashi-Hiroshima, Hiroshima 739-2695, Japan. E-Mail: kazuya.ito.1987@gmail.com


Objectives: Healthcare workers have a high prevalence of low back pain (LBP). Purpose of this study was to verify the effect of exercise during work for the low back pain of care workers.

Methodology: Study design was a randomized control trial with 8-month follow-up. Participants: Thirty-six care workers have complaining LBP were randomized two groups. Exercises were supplied to subjects in the intervention group, performed exercises ten to thirty minutes a day while 8-month. In another group was no intervention. At the beginning of the study, two weeks, four weeks, and eight weeks were recorded two outcomes—Roland-Morris Disability Questionnaire (RMDQ) and Visual Analog Scale (VAS) on four postures (trunk extension/flexion/rotation and standing posture). In both groups, only Subjects of VAS ≧ 40mm on the beginning of this study were extracted to compare between groups at four terms. Statistical analyses were used the Mann-Whitney U test after Bonferroni correction. Significance level before correction α = .05.

Results: There was no difference between groups regarding all outcomes recorded at the beginning of the study. In sub-group analysis, Intervention group showed significant improvement of the pain outcomes; Trunk extension at two weeks (p = .004) and eight weeks (p = .012), Trunk rotation at eight weeks (p = .008). RMDQ was no difference between groups.

Conclusion: Exercise aimed at symmetrization of pelvis and thorax reduces the pain of trunk extension and rotation for healthcare workers of low back pain VAS ≧ 40mm.

Key words: Healthcare Workers, Low back pain, Exercise Therapy, Alignment, Devices.


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Cite this article: Hironori Ogura, Kazuya Ito, Kenji Hoshi, Kazuyoshi Gamada. EFFECT OF STANDING EXERCISE USING PELVIS AND THORAX SYMMETRICAL DEVICE FOR CARE WORKERS WITH LOW BACK PAIN. Int J Physiother Res 2018;6(3):2806-2812. DOI: 10.16965/ijpr.2018.155