The Impacts of Muscle Energy Technique (MET) and Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) Performed on Elector Spinae Muscle of Acute Low Back Pain Patients on Pain and Meridian Electromyography

경근추나요법과 경피전기자극치료가 급성 요통 환자의 통증 및 척추기립근 경근전도에 미치는 영향

  • Received : 2013.12.04
  • Accepted : 2013.12.14
  • Published : 2014.01.31

Abstract

Objectives To evaluate the clinical usefulness between muscle energy techniques (MET) and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS), we performed both on elector spinae muscle of acute low back pain patients. Methods After performing MET and TENS, we compared both in terms of electrical activity. We performed MET or TENS on elector spinae muscle of acute low back pain patients in each group (n=15,15). After performing MET or TENS, we analyzed root mean square (RMS), median edge frequency (MEF) and asymmetry index (AI). Results 1. After performing MET on elector spinae muscle of acute low back pain patients, RMS was significantly decreased compared with before (p<0.005). 2. After performing TENS on elector spinae muscle of acute low back pain patients, RMS was significantly decreased compared with before (p<0.005). 3. After performing MET on elector spinae muscle of acute low back pain patients, asymmetric index was significantly decreased compared with before (p<0.05). Conclusions According to above results, performing MET on elector spinae muscle of acute low back pain patients has effect in terms of RMS and asymmetric index. And performing TENS on elector spinae muscle of acute low back pain patients also has similar effect in terms of RMS but has not in terms of asymmetric index.

Keywords

Muscle energy technique;Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation;Meridian electromyography;Elector spinae muscle;Acute low back pain

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