Lumbar spine orthosis wearing. II. Effect on trunk muscle myoelectric activity

Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 1986 Oct;11(8):838-42.


The effects of wearing commonly prescribed low-back braces and corsets on myoelectric signal levels in the erector spinae and oblique abdominal muscles were investigated. A lumbosacral corset, a chairback brace, and a molded thoracolumbosacral orthosis (TLSO) were studied. Nineteen tasks involving sitting and standing were performed by five healthy adult men. Myoelectric signal levels measured when wearing each orthosis were compared with those measured when performing the same task while wearing no orthosis. The changes in mean myoelectric signal levels ranged from a 9% reduction to a 44% increase when the lumbosacral corset was worn, from a 27% reduction to a 25% increase when the chairback brace was worn, and from a 38% reduction to a 19% increase when the TLSO was worn.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Electricity
  • Electrodes
  • Humans
  • Lumbar Vertebrae / physiology*
  • Male
  • Muscles / physiology*
  • Orthotic Devices*