The relative effectiveness of spinal manipulation in conjunction with core stability exercises as opposed to spinal manipulation alone in the treatment of post-natal mechanical low back pain
Wilson, Dean Paul Charles
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Core strengthening has become a major trend in the rehabilitation of patients suffering with lower back pain. Clinical trials have shown that core strengthening is beneficial for patients with low back pain. According to the literature, core strengthening consists of activating the trunk musculature in order to stabilize hypermobile symptomatic joints and thus lessen mechanical stress to the spine. Spinal manipulative therapy has also proved itself to be beneficial, particularly in the case of post-natal low back pain sufferers, as manipulation may correct hypomobility associated with spinal subluxations. Literature suggests that spinal manipulative correction of spinal subluxations in combination with core stability exercises, that stablise symptomatic hypermobile joints, may have more advantages than using these interventions singularly in the treatment of post-natal low back pain. However, the combination of a core stability muscle training program with spinal manipulative therapy has yet to be investigated. In order to choose the most appropriate therapy for managing this condition, it is essential for research to be carried out to identify the most effective treatment, which would allow for better overall management of low back pain during the post-natal period. Therefore this study was designed to establish the effectiveness of a combined protocol of spinal manipulation and core stability exercises in the treatment of post-natal mechanical low back pain and to establish whether this protocol should be utilized routinely in the management of this condition.