An investigation into the short term effectiveness of whole body vibration training in acute low back pain sufferers
Van der Merwe, Nicolaas Tjaart
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Core strengthening has become a major trend in the rehabilitation of patients suffering with acute low 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. Literature suggests that vibration/acceleration training may be a more effective and sufficient method of core stability exercises, with regards to core muscle endurance and activation in treatment of acute low back pain. This may have more advantages than using traditional core stability exercises in the treatment of acute low back pain. However, vibration/acceleration training as core stability exercises has yet to be investigated. In order to choose the most appropriate treatment protocol 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 acute period. Therefore, this study was designed to establish the effectiveness of vibration/acceleration training as a core stability exercise in the treatment of acute low back pain and to establish whether this protocol should be utilized routinely in the management of this condition.