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Needle EMG Response of Lumbar Multifidus to Manipulation in the Presence of Clinical Instability

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Structural and chiropractic

J Man Manip Ther.2009;17(1):E19-24.

Authors:

J Tunnell

Abstract.

A proposed mechanism for the persistence of low back pain due to clinical instability is a decrease in control of local spinal musculature, more specifically decreased recruitment of multifidus. Altered segmental mechanoreceptor input has been proposed as a contributing factor responsible for a decrease in local muscle recruitment. In this case report, immediate changes in the recruitment of the deep multifidus following manipulation were examined using needle EMG and isometric testing of trunk rotational force. Trunk rotational force appeared to improve while the multifidus demonstrated a decrease in activity as measured by needle EMG. No specific conclusions can be drawn from this report; however, the results do suggest that immediate multifidus function may be influenced with manipulation, resulting in improved muscular control of the trunk.

Publication Date: 

2009 Aug

OEID: 

5116

Tunnell, J. (2009) 'Needle EMG Response of Lumbar Multifidus to Manipulation in the Presence of Clinical Instability', J Man Manip Ther.2009;17(1):E19-24.

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