The influence of nordic walking on spinal posture, physical function, and back pain in community-dwelling older adults: A pilot study

Yi Hung Huang, I. Yao Fang, Yi Liang Kuo

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Nordic walking is an increasingly popular form of exercise among the elderly. Using poles is thought to facilitate a more upright posture; however, previous studies primarily investigated the effects of Nordic walking on respiratory function and physical fitness. The aims of this study were to investigate the influence of Nordic walking on spinal posture, physical functions, and back pain in community-dwelling older adults. Thirty-one community-dwelling older adults aged ≥ 60 years participated in a twice weekly Nordic walking training program for 12 weeks. The outcome measures, including spinal posture, physical functions, back pain, and the strength and endurance of back extensor muscles were assessed before and after a 12-week program. After training, spinal posture, back pain, and the strength and endurance of back extensor muscles did not show any statistically significant changes. Among the seven clinical tests of physical function, only the 30 s arm curl test, the 30 s chair stand test, and the single leg stance test showed significant improvements. Nordic walking has limited influence on age-related hyperkyphosis and back pain, but may be effective for physical function. The results of this study can provide useful information for people involved in the prevention and treatment of physical dysfunction in community-dwelling older adults.

原文English
文章編號1303
期刊Healthcare (Switzerland)
9
發行號10
DOIs
出版狀態Published - 2021 10月

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • 健康資訊學
  • 健康政策
  • 健康資訊管理
  • 領導和管理

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