Tai Chi Helpful for Young Women with Acute Low Back Pain
May 15, 2015 -
Two Korean universities,
Catholic Kwandong University and Daegu Haany University, conducted a study in
order to examine the effects of Tai Chi on females in their 20s with acute low
back pain. The subjects were 30 females in their 20s with acute low back pain.
They were equally and randomly divided into a Tai Chi group and a stretching
group. The intervention was applied three times per week, one hour each time,
for a total of eight weeks.
At the end of the study, muscle activity and the visual
analog scale score significantly decreased in both the Tai Chi group and the
stretching group. Regarding changes in balance elements, the Tai Chi group's
left and right side movement distance decreased, which was statistically
significant. However, the Tai Chi group's forward and backward movement distance
and the stretching group's forward and backward movement distance and left and
right side movement distance did not change. and the stretching group's forward and backward movement distance and left and
right side movement distance did not change.
According to the results of this study, Tai chi is
considered an appropriate exercise program to reduce acute low back pain in
females in their 20s. This is because when compared with stretching, it enables
posture maintenance with lesser force due to decreased muscle activity, it is
more helpful for improvements in balance ability, and it is effective in
Their study is published in the March 2015 issues of
Journal of physical therapy science.