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Inspiratory Resistive Loading and Proprioceptive Postural Control

This study has been completed.
Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Simon Brumagne, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Identifier:
First received: January 4, 2012
Last updated: December 4, 2013
Last verified: January 2012

Proprioceptive weighting changes may explain differences in postural control performance. In addition, the respiratory movement has a disturbing effect on postural balance. Postural balance seems to be impaired in individuals with respiratory disorders. Besides the essential role of respiration, the diaphragm may also play an important role in the control of the trunk and postural balance. Deficits in proprioception are found in a subgroup of patients with low back pain. In addition, disorders of respiration have been identified as strongly related to low back pain.

The aim of the study is to clarify whether loading of the inspiratory muscles has a negative effect upon proprioceptive postural control in healthy individuals and individuals with recurrent low back pain.

Low Back Pain Respiratory Loading Proprioceptive Impairment

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Cross-Sectional
Official Title: Inspiratory Resistive Loading and Proprioceptive Postural Control in Healthy Individuals and Individuals With Recurrent Low Back Pain

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Further study details as provided by Simon Brumagne, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Proprioceptive postural control [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Center of pressure displacement (force plate) in standing in response to local muscle vibration on ankle and back muscles to specifically detect the role of proprioception in postural control.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Back muscle oxygenation [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    Near infrared spectroscopy: tissue oxygenation index (TOI) and haemoglobin

  • Kinematics [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    piezoresistive accelerometers

  • Respiratory muscle force [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    maximal inspiratory pressure - maximal expiratory pressure

Enrollment: 40
Study Start Date: January 2011
Study Completion Date: December 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Healthy individuals
Individuals with low back pain


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
young flemish volunteers

Inclusion Criteria individuals with low back pain:

  • Age: 18-45 years old
  • At least 1 year of low back pain with/without referred pain in buttock/thigh
  • At least 3 episodes of disabling low back pain
  • At least a score of 20% on the Oswestry Disability Index
  • Willingness to sign the informed consent

Inclusion Criteria healthy individuals:

  • Age: 18-45 years old
  • No history of low back pain
  • A score of 0% on the Oswestry Disability Index
  • Willingness to sign the informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • History of major trauma and/or major orthopedic surgery of the spine, the pelvis or the lower quadrant
  • One of the following conditions: Parkinson, multiple sclerosis, stroke, history of vestibular disorder, respiratory disease, pregnancy
  • Radicular symptoms
  • Not Dutch-speaking
  • Strong opioids
  • Neck pain
  • Smoking history
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01541020

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium, 3000
Sponsors and Collaborators
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
Universitaire Ziekenhuizen Leuven
Principal Investigator: Simon Brumagne, PhD Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
  More Information

Responsible Party: Simon Brumagne, Prof. dr. Simon Brumagne, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Identifier: NCT01541020     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2011_SBrumagne_HealthyLBP, G.0674.09 ( Other Grant/Funding Number: Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) )
Study First Received: January 4, 2012
Last Updated: December 4, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Back Pain
Low Back Pain
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases
Signs and Symptoms processed this record on July 27, 2017