Evaluation of the dose-response for electrostimulation with Aussie current in the core strength
Introduction. Muscle strengthening to improve joint stability is widely used in the rehabilitation process, and the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation is a useful tool, but the use of Aussie current still has little documentation about its effectiveness.
Aim. To verify if there is a dose-response effect to Aussie current, both in the strength and in the static and dynamic stability of the deep pelvic lumbar muscles.
Material and methods. 39 volunteers divided into four groups, one control and three electrostimulation with intensity variation, one with intensity at the contraction threshold (GT), another with intensity maintained at 20% more (G20), and another with intensity maintained at 30% more (G30) than the intensity at the contraction threshold. The intervention lasted four weeks, with three weekly sessions lasting 15 minutes. Initially and after the intervention period, the strength and stability of the deep muscles of the pelvic lumbar region were measured in a static and dynamic manner by a biofeedback pressure unit.
Results. There was a significant increase of pressure under the lordoses in the pre- and post-evaluation moments, there were no differences in the evaluation of indirect force (dynamic stability), but there was an increase in the time for GT. The effect sizes presented advantages for the electrostimulated groups in static stability.
Conclusion. The doses used did not promote significant statistical differences, but the effects were positive for the electrostimulated groups, especially with respect to static stability.