Postural Re-education in Low Back Pain

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 11, 2008
Last Update Posted : September 22, 2009
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University of Bologna

November 10, 2008
November 11, 2008
September 22, 2009
May 2008
September 2009   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Roland & Morris Disability Questionnaire [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 months, 6 months ]
Same as current
Complete list of historical versions of study NCT00789204 on Archive Site
  • Oswestry Disability Index [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 months, 6 months ]
  • Pain Drawing and Visual Analogue Scale (V.A.S.) [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 mounths, 6 months ]
  • Fingertip-to-floor test [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 mounths, 6 months ]
  • Oswestry Disability Index [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 months, 6 months ]
  • Pain Drawing e Visual Analogue Scale (V.A.S.) [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 mounths, 6 mounths ]
  • Fingertip-to-floor test [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 mounths, 6 mounths ]
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Postural Re-education in Low Back Pain
Effectiveness of a "Global Posture Reeducation" Program for Patients With Low Back Pain
The Global Postural Re-Education is a global approach for the treatment of musculoskeletal disease. Using specific progressive posture for stretching particular shortened chain muscle the method wants to equilibrate the never-ending war between static and dynamic muscles by guiding the patient in a particular breathing pattern to maintain a correct posture and feeling it.
In some countries there is a physical therapy method called "Global Posture Reeducation" (GPR), which was developed by Philippe Emmanuel Souchard based on 20 years of clinical experience.The method consist to balance the miofascial tension probably responsible for an articular overloading. The method stretches the shortened antigravity muscles that are inside a different static muscles chains. GPR is a global approach that search the biomechanics cause in the near areas, and involves actively the patient in the postural and gestural changes.
Phase 1
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Low Back Pain
  • Other: Global Postural Re-education
    The treatment in Global Postural Re-education is a global approach that seeks to identify the biomechanical cause of the problem also in other parts of the body and involves actively the patient in the postural change. Using principles like causality, globality and individuality, the treatment consists of the use for one hour of progressive active stretching posture for specific muscular chain that are shortened. Every posture is maintained for 20 minutes with controlled breathing and the use of manual traction
    Other Name: GPR
  • Other: Standard Exercise Training
    The exercise programme included passive lumbar flexion, pelvic tilt, strengthening of flexor muscles, strengthening of extensor muscles, spine mobilization and stretching exercises.
    Other Name: SEP
  • Experimental: GPR
    Global Postural Re-Education
    Intervention: Other: Global Postural Re-education
  • Active Comparator: SEP
    Standard Exercise Programm
    Intervention: Other: Standard Exercise Training

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September 2009
September 2009   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Lumbalgia Diagnosis
  • Age 18-80

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Migrated hernia
  • Calcified disc hernia
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Other physiotherapeutic interventions within 6 months of the baseline assessment.
  • Surgical operation within six months of baseline
  • Cancer syndrome, Neurological and rheumatic diseases
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
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Paolo Pillastrini, University of Bologna
University of Bologna
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Principal Investigator: Francesca Bonetti, Laurea
University of Bologna
September 2009

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