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Effectiveness Of Critical Alignment Therapy Versus Conventional Physiotherapy In Treatments Of Patients With Chronic Non-Specific Lower Back Pain

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Effectiveness Of Critical Alignment Therapy Versus Conventional Physiotherapy In Treatments Of Patients With Chronic Non-Specific Lower Back Pain

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Lower back pain (LBP) is a significant socioeconomic health problem. 60-90% of the population in the Netherlands will experience lower back pain at least once in their lives, 90% of these sufferers will have non-specific chronic lower back pain (CLBP). Therefore a specific and effective treatment protocol for LBP has been a point of discussion and research for many years. Nowadays alternative treatment methods are receiving more focus and research, however, the level of evidence for their effectiveness is rather limited. This pilot study aims to investigate the effect of a recently developed yoga therapy, Critical alignment therapy (CAT), in comparison to conventional Physiotherapy treatment, in patients with nonspecific CLBP. The duration of both interventions was four weeks, because the Dutch national Physiotherapy guidelines, advice to refer a patient back to the physician if no improvement occurs after three weeks. As outcome measurement the Quebec back pain disability scale (QBPDS) was used as it measures daily life functionality (“Activities of Daily Life” - ADL) - the most limited factor in patients with CLBP. Fourteen subjects were eligible after recruitment. All filled in the QBPDS before and after the intervention. Results showed that, CAT was more effective in improving ADL functionality than conventional Physiotherapy. However, the authors recommend further research be completed in order that more evidence is gained to support these results. Conclusion: This study indicates that four weeks treatment of patients with non-specific chronic lower back pain (CLBP) using Critical alignment therapy (CAT) is more effective than conventional Physiotherapy with regard to improving ADL functionality Recommendations/suggestion for further research/projects: The fact that Critical alignment therapy (CAT) shows a real increase in daily life functionality merits further investigation. Indeed, the use of such tools such as the headstand bench in CAT may offer physiotherapists real benefits but no evidence has been gained thus far to support its efficacy. The researches suggest that following investigations will held in this topic to support future multidimensional therapy for people with nonspecific chronic lower back pain

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OrganisatieHogeschool van Amsterdam
InstituutGezondheid
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Jaar2008
TypeBachelorscriptie
TaalEngels

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