Effects of Stabilization Exercises on Health-Related Quality of Life in Women With Chronic Low Back Pain.

Moussouli M, Vlachopoulos SP, Kofotolis ND, Theodorakis Y, Malliou P, Kellis E.


J Phys Act Health. 2013 Oct 31. [Epub ahead of print]

BACKGROUND: The study examined the effects of a 4-week intensive isometric and isotonic stabilization exercise program on dimensions of health-related quality of life (HRQL) in women with chronic low back pain (CLBP).

METHODS: A total of 39 women (27-72 years old) provided data in an experimental study with a 9-month follow-up. Random allocation was undertaken for the two treatment groups out of the three groups: isometric stabilization (n = 13), isotonic stabilization (n = 13), and a control group (n = 13) that did not participate in any form of exercise. Health-related quality of life measures using the Short-Form 36 Health Survey (SF-36v2) were assessed prior to program initiation, immediately after program termination, and four times post-intervention for a period of nine months.

RESULTS: The isometric stabilization group displayed large improvements in bodily pain and vitality for women with CLBP attending a 4-week intensive isometric stabilization exercise program. The effects were retained for a period of nine months after program termination.

CONCLUSIONS: Isometric stabilization exercises reduce pain and enhance vitality as dimensions of HRQL among women with chronic low back pain with such effects lasting for at least nine months.

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