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Comparison of matrix rhythm therapy versus pilates on pain, lumbar flexibility, functional impairments, and pelvic inclination in chronic low back pain

 Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Divya M Gohil,
Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Physiotherapy, Sant Tukaram Nagar, Pimpri, Pune 411018
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DOI: 10.4103/mjdrdypu.mjdrdypu_526_21

Introduction: Low back pain is one of the leading causes of disease burden globally. Matrix Rhythm Therapy (MRT) is based on rhythmic micro-oscillations of muscle tissue by the action of mechano-magnetic alternating fields. Pilates exercises have been shown to be helpful in low back pain. This study was conducted to compare the effects of MRT and Pilates exercises on chronic low back pain, lumbar flexibility, functional impairments, and pelvic inclination in chronic low back pain. Materials and Methods: Ethical clearance was obtained by ethical committee of Dr. D. Y. Patil Physiotherapy, Pimpri, Pune. 50 patients diagnosed with chronic low back pain were selected as per inclusion criteria after taking informed consent. Patients were randomly allocated to two groups. Group A (n = 25) received MRT. Group B (n = 25) were given Pilates exercise. Both groups received treatment thrice a week for two weeks. Duration of 45 min. Outcome measures were assessed for both groups at the beginning and end of the study. Outcome measures included Numerical Pain Rating Scale for pain, Modified-modified schober's test for lumbar flexibility, pelvic inclination using an inclinometer, and Oswestry Low Back Disabaility Questionnaire for functional impairments. Data were analysed using Winpepi. Results: For all outcome measures, a highly significant improvement (p < 0.001) was seen in Group A, a significant improvement (p < 0.005) was seen in group B. Discussion: Pain, restricted movements, reduced flexibility, and pelvic inclination are the consequences of systemic and local disturbances in the logistics of the living processes due to chronic pain in low back region. MRT and Pilates, both individually are effective in treating the same. Conclusion: Both Groups showed significant improvements in patients with CLBP. However, the findings in MRT group highly statistically significant.

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