Low impact weight-bearing exercise in an upright posture achieves greater lumbopelvic stability than overground walking

Karl Gibbon, Dorothée Debuse, Nick Caplan

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the kinematic differences between movements on a new exercise device (EX) that promotes a stable trunk over a moving, unstable base of support, and overground walking (OW). Sixteen male participants performed EX and OW trials while their movements were tracked using a 3D motion capture system. Trunk and pelvis range of motion (ROM) were similar between EX and OW in the sagittal and frontal planes, and reduced for EX in the transverse plane. The pelvis was tilted anteriorly, on average, by about 16 degrees in EX compared to OW. Hip and knee ROM were reduced in EX compared to OW. The exercise device appears to promote similar or reduced lumbopelvic motion, compared to walking, which could contribute to more tonic activity of the local lumbopelvic musculature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-468
JournalJournal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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