McKenzie vs. Pilates exercises for chronic low back pain
Chronic low back pain (LBP) is one of the most commonly seen medical conditions across the world. There is a variety of methods to manage the condition: medication, electrotherapy, exercises and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Exercise is widely accepted to be one of the most effective treatment choices for chronic non specific LBP. This article investigates whether one type of exercise intervention is more beneficial than another.
36 participants took part in this study. The 6 week training intervention comprised of 3 groups: Pilates, McKenzie and a control group. The control group didn't undertake any new exercise intervention. The Pilates group performed exercises for 1 hour on 3 days of the week for 6 weeks. The McKenzie group worked out for 1 hour a day for 20 days. Pain was measured using McGill Pain Questionnaire. General health was measured using General Health Questionnaire 28.
This study has shown that both McKenzie and Pilates are equally beneficial in reducing pain compared to pre-intervention levels. In the control group, pain level increased as the study progressed and general health declined. The Pilates group showed improved general health at the end of the study. No difference was recorded in McKenzie group for general health.
> From: Hasanpour-Dehkordi, Indian J Palliat Care 23 (2017) 36-40. All rights reserved to Indian Journal of Palliative Care. Click here for the online summary.