Post Space Mission Lumbo-Pelvic Neuromuscular Reconditioning: A European Perspective

Evetts, Simon, Caplan, Nick, Debuse, Dorothée, Lambrecht, Gunda, Damann, Volker, Petersen, Nora and Hides, Julie (2014) Post Space Mission Lumbo-Pelvic Neuromuscular Reconditioning: A European Perspective. Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, 85 (7). pp. 764-765. ISSN 00956562

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3357/ASEM.3943.2014

Abstract

Long-duration exposure to the space environment causes physical adaptations that are deleterious to optimal functioning on Earth. Post-mission rehabilitation traditionally concentrates on regaining general muscle strength, neuromuscular control, and lumbo-pelvic stability. A particular problem is muscle imbalance caused by the hypertrophy of the flexor and atrophy of the extensor and local lumbo-pelvic muscles, increasing the risk of post-mission injury. A method currently used in European human spaceflight to aid post-mission recovery involves a motor control approach, focusing initially on teaching voluntary contraction of specific lumbo-pelvic muscles and optimizing spinal position, progressing to functional retraining in weight bearing positions. An alternative approach would be to use a Functional Readaptive Exercise Device to appropriately recruit this musculature, thus complementing current rehabilitation programs. Advances in post-mission recovery of this nature may both improve astronaut healthcare and aid terrestrial healthcare through more effective treatment of low back pain and accelerated post bed rest rehabilitation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: deconditioning, low back pain, lumbo-pelvic muscles, rehabilitation, spaceflight
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2014 09:09
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/17055

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