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Effect of stretching program in an industrial workplace on hamstring flexibility and sagittal spinal posture of adult women workers: A randomized controlled trial.
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PMID:  22935854     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Objectives: To determine the effect of a stretching program performed in the workplace on the hamstring muscle extensibility and sagittal spinal posture of adult women. Material and methods: Fifty-eight adult women volunteers (mean age of 44.23 ± 8.87 years) from a private fruit and vegetable company were randomly assigned to experimental (n=27) or control (n=31) groups. The experimental group performed three exercises of hamstrings stretching of 20 seconds per exercise, three sessions a week for a period of 12 weeks. The control group did not participate in any hamstring stretching program. Hamstring flexibility was evaluated through the passive straight leg raise test and toe-touch test, performed both before and after the stretching program. Thoracic and lumbar curvatures and pelvic inclination were measured in relaxed standing and toe-touch test with a Spinal Mouse. Results: Significant increases (p < 0.01) in toe-touch score and straight leg raise angle (in both legs) were found in the experimental group during post-test, while the control group showed a non-significant decrease for both toe-touch score and straight leg raise test. A significant decrease in thoracic curve and significant increase in pelvic inclination were found in the toe-touch test for the experimental group (p <0.05). However, no significant changes were found in standing posture for any group. Conclusions: Hamstring stretching exercises performed in the working place are effective for increasing hamstring muscle extensibility. This increase generates a more aligned thoracic curve and more anterior pelvic inclination when maximal trunk flexion is performed.
Authors:
José M Muyor; Pedro A López-Miñarro; Antonio J Casimiro
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of back and musculoskeletal rehabilitation     Volume:  25     ISSN:  1878-6324     ISO Abbreviation:  J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-08-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9201340     Medline TA:  J Back Musculoskelet Rehabil     Country:  Netherlands    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  161-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Expresion Corporal Area, Faculty of Education, University of Almería, Almería, Spain.
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