Background: Researchers conducted WB-EMS trial to determine the corresponding effect on chronic, nonspecific LBP in people with chronic LBP.
Method: Thirty patients, 40-70 years old, with Lower Back Pain were assigned to Test group (15 patients) and Control group (15 patients). Test group underwent WB-EMS once a week for 12 weeks with slight movements, specifically dedicated to LBP.
Finding: Mean intensity of LBP in Test group improved significantly. Maximum isometric trunk extensors improved significantly. Isometric trunk flexors also improved significantly.
Conclusion: WB-EMS is a time-effective training method for reducing chronic non-specific LBP and increasing maximum trunk strength in people with such complaints.
Research Paper: Weissenfels, Anja (2018) “Effects of whole-body electromyostimulation on chronic nonspecific low back pain in adults: a randomized controlled study.” Journal of Pain Research 11. pp. 1949-1957