Category: Health Services Research; Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development)
This study investigated the effect of the downhill treadmill walking exercise (DTWE) on thoracic angle and thoracic erector spinae (TES) activation in subjects with thoracic kyphosis.
This study is a cross-sectional study. Paired t-tests were used to confirm the effect of the DTWE (p
This study was conducted at Yonsei University Wonju Campus.
Participants (or Animals, Specimens, Cadavers) :
A total of 20 subjects with thoracic kyphosis were recruited for this study.
All the subjects performed the DTWE for 30 minutes.
Main Outcome Measure(s) :
A surface EMG and 3D motion capture system were used to measure TES activation and thoracic angle before and after the DTWE.
Both the thoracic angle and TES activation had significantly increased after the DTWE compared to the baseline (p
The DTWE is effective for thoracic kyphosis patients as it decreases their kyphotic posture and increases the TES activation. Future longitudinal studies are required to investigate the long-term effects of the DTWE.
Jun-hyeok Lee– student/researcher, Yonsei University, Wonju, Kangwon-do
Hye-Seon Jeon– Professor, yonsei univ., Wonju, Kangwon-do
Joo-hee Park– Ph.D, yonsei univ., Kangwon-do, Kangwon-do
Ji-hyun Kim– Doctoral student, yonsei univ., kangwon-do, Kangwon-do
Hyeo-bin Yoon– student/researcher, yonsei univ., Wonju, Kangwon-do