Techniques for active lumbar stabilisation for spinal protection: a pilot study

Richardson, Carolyn, Jull, Gwendolen, Toppenberg, Rowena and Comerford, Mark (1992) Techniques for active lumbar stabilisation for spinal protection: a pilot study. Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 38 2: 105-112. doi:10.1016/S0004-9514(14)60555-9

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Author Richardson, Carolyn
Jull, Gwendolen
Toppenberg, Rowena
Comerford, Mark
Title Techniques for active lumbar stabilisation for spinal protection: a pilot study
Journal name Australian Journal of Physiotherapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0004-9514
Publication date 1992-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/S0004-9514(14)60555-9
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 38
Issue 2
Start page 105
End page 112
Total pages 8
Place of publication Chatswood, NSW, Australia
Publisher Elsevier Australia
Language eng
Abstract Active protection of the lumbar spine is important in prevention of back strain during exercise. This EMG study investigated three common techniques used for lumbar stabilisation: posterior pelvic tilt, lower abdominal hollowing with lumbar spine flattening and abdominal bracing. The aim was to determine which method encouraged the best stability pattern. Muscle activity was measured in obliquus abdominis, upper and lower rectus abdominis and the lumbar erector spinae. Standardisation of muscle activity against that during maximally resisted trunk rotation (already shown to illustrate an appropriate stability pattern) allowed comparisons between exercise techniques in relation to their stabilisation pattern. Results indicated that posterior pelvic tilt demonstrated the least desirable stability pattern. Both abdominal hollowing and bracing provided a more suitable pattern.
Keyword Exercise
Abdominal wall
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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