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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 2005;29(1):102-108.
The Effects of Increasing Thoracic Mobility on Lumbar Stability.
Park, Dong Sik , Hur, Jin Kang , Song, Jae Cheol , Kim, Yoon Shin , Kim, Chang Hwan , Choi, Eun Hee , Kwon, Bong An , Yang, Young Ae
1Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Hallym University College of Medicine, Korea.
2Department of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Hanyang University College of Medicine, Korea. yoonsin@hanyang.ac.kr
3Korea National Sport University, Korea.
4Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Inje University, Korea.
흉추의 운동성 증가가 요추 안정성에 미치는 효과
박동식, 허진강, 송재철1, 김윤신1, 김창환, 최은희, 권봉안2, 양영애3
한림대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실, 1한양대학교 의과대학 산업의학과, 2한국체육대학교, 3인제대학교 의생명공학대학 작업치료학과
Abstract
Objective
To determine the effects on the lumbar stability caused by various thoracic exercise programs, the extent of spinal posture correction and the increase in thoracic mobility to the extension direction.
Method
Exercise programs, which can increase the thoracic mobility to the extension direction, were applied to the exercise group. The control subjects were trained for the correct posture according to ergonomic principles by exercise at home and at the clinic. Both groups had three sessions of exercise program per week for 8 weeks.
Results
A comparison of the various parameters in the exercise group before and after exercise showed that the VAS, thoracic kyphosis and lumbar mobility decreasedsignificantly (p<0.05), and the thoracic mobility in the extension direction, chest expansion, maximal elevation of the arms and spinal length increased significantly (p<0.05). In addition, the thoracic kyphosis and lumbar mobility increased significantly (p<0.05), and thoracic mobility in the extension direction, chest expansion, maximum elevation of the arms and the spinal length decreased significantly (p<0.05), but the VAS did not show a significant difference.
Conclusion
A thoracic exercise program, which can correct the posture, improve the functional restrictions of the thoracic spine and reduce the lumbar mobility, is very important. (J Korean Acad Rehab Med 2005; 29: 102-108)
Key Words: Thoracic pain, Thoracic mobility, Lower back pain, Lumbar instability, Lumbar stability


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