The effects of rice grain and Thai herbal hot pack on pain and back extensibility in persons with low back pain

Authors

  • Manoy P Unit of Excellence for Physical fitness and Exercise, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Phayao
  • Kumfu S Unit of Excellence for Physical fitness and Exercise, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Phayao
  • Srithawong A Unit of Excellence for Physical fitness and Exercise, Department of Physical Therapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Phayao

Keywords:

hot pack, rice grain, low back pain, pressure pain threshold, back extensibility

Abstract

Objectives  Low back pain (LBP) is the most prevalent musculoskeletal condition.  Superficial heat has been utilized for decades to alleviate the symptoms; however, there has been no study of the effect of rice grain and Thai herbal hot packs using a microwave method in persons with low back pain. The purpose of this study was to compare pain scale scores and back extensibility with rice grain and Thai herbal hot packs with standard hot packs in individuals with LBP.

Methods  Forty participants with LBP were stratified using a random sampling method into two groups:  a rice grain and Thai herbal hot pack group (n=20) and a standard hot pack group (n=20).  Twenty-minute duration treatments were given. Each patient was followed-up 6 times (3 times per week for 2 weeks).  Pressure pain threshold (PPT) and back extensibility were measured using a visual analogue scale (VAS) and the Thai Oswestry low back pain disability index.

Results VAS scores and the Thai Oswestry low back pain disability index in both groups were reduced significantly (p < 0.05).  PPT and back extensibility were significantly increased after rice grain and Thai herbal hot pack and hot pack treatment (p < 0.05). After treatments, PPT with rice grain and Thai herbal hot pack was significantly higher than the standard hot pack group. (p < 0.05).

Conclusions  Rice grain and Thai herbal hot pack may be considered as an alternative method for relieving pain and improving pressure pain threshold and back extensibility in persons with LBP. 

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Published

2021-01-01

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P M, S K, A S. The effects of rice grain and Thai herbal hot pack on pain and back extensibility in persons with low back pain . Chiang Mai Med J. [Internet]. 2021 Jan. 1 [cited 2022 Sep. 28];60(1):75-86. Available from: https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/CMMJ-MedCMJ/article/view/248449

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