Motor control exercise helps lower back pain, study says

February 20, 2009 2:18:28 PM PST
Want to get rid of lower back pain? A study in the journal Physical Therapy finds that motor control exercises were better than minimal therapy. They also brought extra relief when added to other therapies.

Motor control exercise is a relatively new way of managing lower back pain. It focuses on teaching patients to control specific deeper muscles in the back and abdomen that move and support the spine.

Until now there had been only limited evidence that the therapy was effective.

Researchers say people with persistent low back pain should see someone who is trained in this area and a physical therapist would be the best person to see.