Self-administered stretching exercises are as effective as motor control exercises for people with chronic non-specific low back pain: a randomised trial

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Key Points

  1. Exercise is recommended for chronic non-specific low back pain
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Low back pain is one of the most expensive healthcare issues globally (1). Finding effective interventions is one way to reduce the financial and human cost of low back pain. Exercise is more effective than a minimal intervention for low back pain (2, 3), but there is still a desire to find the most effective exercise approach to treat chronic low back pain.

This study investigated the effect of specific self-stretching exercises compared to motor-control exercises.

Low back pain is one of the most expensive healthcare issues globally.
Low back pain guidelines from around the world recommend exercise as therapy for low back pain, but there is no direction as to which exercise may be most beneficial.


Motor-control exercises (MCE) and self-stretching exercises (SSE) were compared in a randomized control trial. Participants with a diagnosis of chronic non-specific low back pain (CNSLBP) were recruited from one physiotherapy clinic, and enrolled in this prospectively registered, two-arm, randomised trial

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