Effect of “Lajin” Stretch on Lumbar Flexibility and Discomfort among Workers in Semarang


Steven Adi Mulia1), Yuliani Setyaningsih1), Amin Husni2)

 

1)Masters Program in Health Promotion, Faculty of Public Health, UniversitasDiponogoro

2)Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Diponegoro

 

ABSTRACT

Background: Low back pain (LBP) is a very common health problem amongst popu­la­tion and a major cause of disability that affects work performances and well-being. La­jin is a simple way of proactive health management. When practiced correctly, it can help enhance overall health and promote longevity by cleansing vital energy channels in the body, thus enabling smooth Qi and blood flow. This study aimed to examine the effect of “Lajin” stretch on lumbar flexibility and discomfort among workers.

Subjects and Method:This was a quasi-experiment with pre-test and post-test with control group design, carried out in Semarang. A total sample of 37 office workers aged 21-50 years was selected for this study, consisting of 21 workers in intervention groups and 16 workers in control group. The dependent variables were lumbar flexibility and dis­comfort. The independent variable was Lajin stretch. The data on lumbar flexibility were collected by Modified Schober Test (MST). Schober’s test is a physical examina­tion used in physical medicine and rehabilitation and rheumatology to measure the abi­lity of a patient to flex the lower back. The data were analyzed using univariate and bi­variate.

Results:Lajin stretch increased lumbar flexibility and decreased lumbar discom­fort, and they were statistically significant.

Conclusion:Lajin stretch increases lumbar flexibility and decreases lumbar discom­fort.

Keywords: stretching, Lajin, flexibility, discomfort, lumbar

Correspondence: Steven Adi Mulia. Masters Program in Health Promotion, Faculty of Public Health, Uni­­­ver­sitas Diponegoro, Semarang, Central Java. Email: healingtarget@gmail.com.Mobile: 0818458777.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/theicph.2019.05.25

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