A randomized controlled trial comparing McKenzie therapy and motor control exercises on the recruitment of trunk muscles in people with chronic low back pain

A trial protocol

Mark H. Halliday*, Paulo H. Ferreira, Mark J. Hancock, Helen A. Clare

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate if McKenzie exercises when applied to a cohort of patients with chronic LBP who have a directional preference demonstrate improved recruitment of the transversus abdominis compared to motor control exercises when measurements were assessed from ultrasound images. Design: A randomized blinded trial with a 12-month follow-up. Setting: The Physiotherapy department of Concord Hospital a primary health care environment. Participants: 70-adults with greater than three-month history of LBP who have a directional preference. Interventions: McKenzie techniques or motor control exercises for 12-sessions over eight weeks. Main outcome measures: Transversus abdominus thickness measured from real time ultrasound images, pain, global perceived effect and capacity to self-manage. Discussion: This study will be the first to investigate the possible mechanism of action that McKenzie therapy and motor control exercises have on the recruitment of the transversus abdominus in a cohort of low back pain patients sub-classified with a directional preference. Patients receiving matched exercises according to their directional preference are believed to have better outcomes than those receiving unmatched exercises. A better understanding of the mechanism of action that specific treatments such as motor control exercises or McKenzie exercises have on patients classified with a directional preference will allow therapist to make a more informed choice about treatment options.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-238
Number of pages7
JournalPhysiotherapy (United Kingdom)
Volume101
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

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