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Pain Research and Management
Volume 2019, Article ID 9130959, 8 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/9130959
Clinical Study

Effect of Core Stability Training Monitored by Rehabilitative Ultrasound Image and Surface Electromyogram in Local Core Muscles of Healthy People

1Rehabilitation Medicine Department, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
2Department of Physiology and Pain Research Center, Guangdong Province Key Laboratory of Brain Function and Disease, Zhongshan Medical School, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Chao Ma; nc.ude.usys.liam@oahcam and Shaoling Wu; nc.ude.usys.liam@lhsuw

Received 30 January 2019; Revised 29 April 2019; Accepted 20 May 2019; Published 23 June 2019

Guest Editor: Aneta Wieczorek

Copyright © 2019 Yaochao Zheng et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Background. The purpose of this study is to investigate the influence of transverses abdominis and lumbar multifidus thickness activation and electromyogram signal characteristics after core stability training monitored by rehabilitative ultrasound imaging and surface electromyogram. Methods. 60 healthy volunteers were allocated randomly into two groups, one of which received monitoring training and the other participated identical training without monitoring. Ultrasound image and surface electromyogram signal were collected at 0, 4, and 8 weeks during training. The muscle thickness activation ratio value and integrated electromyogram value were then extracted. During the training, the monitoring group was monitored by real-time rehabilitative ultrasound imaging and surface electromyogram while the control group was not. Results. There are no differences in performance of local core muscles between both groups before training (). Compared with the control group, the thickness contraction ratio value and integrated electromyogram value of core muscles in the monitoring group were higher after 8 weeks’ training (). Conclusion. Together, the core stability training monitored by rehabilitative ultrasound imaging and surface electromyogram can markedly activate and enhance local core muscles in healthy people, providing a potential strategy to treat low back pain more effectively.