Low Back Pain (LBP) is the main cause for persistent pain with 47.8% annual prevalence (1). In UK, the prevalence for 1998 was ~ 37% and the estimated cost was ~ £12.3 million (2). Supported treadmill walking has been extensively used for people with neurological and other conditions. Potential benefits of this type of exercise on LBP patients have previously been reported (3) with additional evidence indicating that 40% supported walking can significantly reduce the compressive loads & transient shock waves created during heel strike and also elongate the spine (4). In this study, a pneumatic device along with an under-arm harness was used to provide 40% of body weight support (Fig. 1). The combination of aerobic exercise with the speculated reduction of the spinal loads and the vibrations created from the heel strike, are factors expected to have pain relieving effects.
|Publication status||Published - 5 Jul 2010|
|Event||17th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics - Edinburgh, United Kingdom|
Duration: 5 Jul 2010 → 8 Jul 2010
|Conference||17th Congress of the European Society of Biomechanics|
|Period||5/07/10 → 8/07/10|