Effectiveness of Pnf Stretching in Hamstring Tightness Population Having Low Back Pain
Keywords:Numerical pain rating scale, Oswestry Disability Index (ODI), conventional method of stretching, Range of Motion,goniometer
Background: One of the possible contributing factors of low back ache by hamstring stiffness on the ischial
tuberosity. Movement restrictions or postural asymmetry lead to compensatory movement patterns of the lumbar
spine, and subsequently increases stress on the spinal soft tissues and risk of low back pain (LBP), stretching and
loosening the hamstring muscles can help relieve sciatic nerve root pressure and reduce the lower back pain.
Purpose: The aim of the study to determine effectiveness of PNF stretching in hamstring tightness population
having low back pain.
Materials and Methods: Subjects who are willing to participate are separated into two groups and received
treatment six times/week for two weeks in RENU’S Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Centre , PNF stretching with
hamstring strengthening exercise and conventional method of stretching with hamstring strengthening exercise,
and informed about the study and signed consent were obtained.
Results: The PNF stretching group exhibited a substantial improvement in the pre-test and post-test, suggesting
that the PNF stretching for hamstring tightness for low back pain.
Conclusion: According to the findings, PNF stretching technique has shown high significance in reducing
hamstring tightness and reduced low back pain compared to conventional method of stretching and allowing
participants with LBP to recover faster.
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