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Title: The effect of stretching the hamstring muscles on low back pain in cyclists
Authors: Perkin, Jonathan Charles
Issue Date: 1999
There have been few studies conducted to determine the effects of stretching as a therapy on its own in the treatment of low back pain. In response to this, the objective of this study was to evaluate the relative effectiveness of stretching the hamstring muscles on low back pain experienced by cyclists. Thirty two cyclists with low back pain were screened for lumbar facet syndrome, sacroiliac syndrome and myofascial pain syndrome of the quadratus Iumborum, gluteus medius and gluteus maximus muscles and randomly divided into two groups of sixteen. Detuned ultrasound was applied to the hamstring muscles of the patients in the placebo group twice a week for three weeks. Patients in the experimental group were involved in a stretching program whereby the hamstring muscles were passively stretched for three sets of thirty seconds duration, two days a week for three weeks. Both groups were evaluated in terms of subjective clinical findings by utilising the Oswestry Low Back Pain Disability Questionnaire, the Numerical Pain Rating Scale-101, and theti
A dissertation submitted in partial compliance with the requirements for the Master's Degree in Technology: Chiropractic, Technikon Natal, Durban, South Africa,1999.
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