Discomfort with Low-back Pain Relief Exercise Training for Older Adult Women

  • Muhammad Tufail
  • Sangjin Park
  • Haebin Lee
  • Yang Gyu Moon
  • KwanMyung KimEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 968)


Low-back pain is a common health problem in older adult women. Due to various health problems, they cannot continue the use of medications for low-back pain. Recently, specific exercise training are considered as more promising and widely used interventions for low-back pain. However, participation in exercise training remains low among older adult women. The main reason is that these training cause discomfort to other parts of the body due to which they quit the training in its early stage. The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of specific exercise training on low-back pain intensity and overall body parts discomfort. A group-based training for muscles around the spine was arranged in a martial art club. An empirical study with 8 older adult women was conducted for the duration of five weeks. The findings showed a significant difference in the pain intensity and body parts discomfort over the specified duration. Body parts discomfort score was gradually and relatively decreased along with the pain intensity score. The findings revealed that the pain intensity and overall all body parts discomfort remain unchanged in the first and second weeks of the exercise training. However, the pain intensity and body parts discomfort was influenced in the later weeks. This study suggests that exercise training should be strategized to encourage devotion, enable group-based exercise activities, and educate self-efficacy for exercise training.


Body parts discomfort Low-back pain Exercise training 



The work was supported by the Promotion of Special Design-Technology Convergence Graduate School of Korea Institute of Design Promotion (N0001436) with a grant from Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy of the Republic of Korea. This work was also supported by the UNIST funded product development project (1.170097.01).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muhammad Tufail
    • 1
  • Sangjin Park
    • 1
  • Haebin Lee
    • 1
  • Yang Gyu Moon
    • 2
  • KwanMyung Kim
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Graduate School of Creative Design EngineeringUlsan National Institute of Science and TechnologyUlsanRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.The Balance-Korea Inc.UlsanRepublic of Korea

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