Mézières Therapy in the UCAM’s Athletes With Low Back Pain


The purpose of this research study focuses on the re-harmonization of the kinetic chains and posture based on spinal muscular atrophy and global stretching while trying to test the effectiveness of Mézières therapy on sports subjects with low back pain.

Full Title of Study: “The Effectiveness of Mézières Therapy in the UCAM’s Athletes With Low Back Pain”

Study Type

  • Study Type: Interventional
  • Study Design
    • Allocation: Randomized
    • Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
    • Primary Purpose: Treatment
    • Masking: Double (Care Provider, Outcomes Assessor)
  • Study Primary Completion Date: June 30, 2017

Detailed Description

The experimental study was conducted on 139 young athletes of National Rhythmic Gymnastics of Murcia, UCAM Murcia CF and UCAM Murcia CB/EBA during a six months period in the city of Murcia. Precisely, the Mézières therapy was conducted in an experimental group of 69 athletes and in a control group with other 70 athletes with Low Back Pain. This study is developed through a cycle of global stretching decompensate interventions on the athletes with postural alterations and vertebral pain at 95% confidence level. The statistical analysis was handled by using the univariate general linear model with the support of SPSS statistics.


  • Other: Mézières Therapy for Low back pain
    • Spinal muscular global stretching

Arms, Groups and Cohorts

  • Experimental: Mézières method
  • Active Comparator: Control Group

Clinical Trial Outcome Measures

Primary Measures

  • VAS (Visual Analogic Scale)
    • Time Frame: 6 months
    • It consists in identifying the patient, on a 10 cm line, the point that best represents his pain, where 0 means no pain and 10 = worst possible pain.
  • Sit and Reach flexibility test
    • Time Frame: 6 months
    • Designed to test the flexibility of lower back and hamstring muscles and is important as a result of lumbar lordosis, forward pelvic tilt and lower back pain. The score is recorded to the nearest inch/cm or inch/cm as the distance reached by the hand. For women, the lowest value is ˂ -15 cm and the highest is ˃ +30 cm. For men instead, the lowest value is ˂ -20 cm and the highest is >+27 cm.
  • Runtastic Performance Pedometer
    • Time Frame: 6 months
    • – Runtastic PRO is an app aimed at recording fitness in many activities and sports. It captures all basic data: distance, average speed, speed between mile markers, altitude, pace, step between mile markers, duration, calories burned and route plotted on a map using Global Positioning System. The final result shows how many steps are made in the arc of the minute (st / 60sec).

Secondary Measures

  • Roland-Morris Questionnaire (CRM)
    • Time Frame: 6 months
    • Measures the physical disability of athletes and consists of 24 points of functional capacity of the back. The sense of progression is: the more serious the worse is the performance.
  • Health status questionnaire (SF-12)
    • Time Frame: 6 months
    • The questionnaire consists in 12 items of the 8 dimensions of the SF-36 (124) such as: physical function (2), social function (1), physical role (2), emotional role (2), mental health (2), vitality (1), body pain (1), general health (1). Meanwhile response options forms Likert-type scales that evaluate intensity or frequency are achieved.

Participating in This Clinical Trial

Inclusion Criteria

  • between 15 – 39 years – athletes with low back pain lasting more than 1 month – scoliosis – kyphosis Exclusion Criteria:

  • presence of tumors or spinal metastases – vertebral fractures – osteoporosis – infection or inflammation in acute diseases with involvement of the central nervous system – herniated discs

Gender Eligibility: All

Minimum Age: N/A

Maximum Age: N/A

Are Healthy Volunteers Accepted: Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Investigator Details

  • Lead Sponsor
    • Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia
  • Provider of Information About this Clinical Study
    • Principal Investigator: Orges Lena, Principal Investigator – Universidad Católica San Antonio de Murcia

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