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Daoyin Exercise Therapy for Low Back Pain : A Systematic Review
The Journal of Korea CHUNA Manual Medicine for Spine & Nerves 2018;13:22-33
Published online June 30, 2018
Copyright © 2018 Korean Society of Chuna manual Medicine for Spine & Nerves.

Kyeong-Tae Lim, K.M.D.1, Byung-Cheul Shin, K.M.D.1,2, In Hwa Park, K.M.D.1 Sun Young Park, K.M.D.1, Man-Suk Hwang, K.M.D.1,2

1Department of Rehabilitation medicine of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University Korean Medicine Hospital
2Third Division of Clinical Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University
Correspondence to: Man-Suk Hwang, Third Division of Clinical Medicine, School of Korean Medicine, Pusan National University 49, Busandaehak-ro, Mulgeum-eup, Yangsan-si, Gyeongsangnam-do, Republic of Korea
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Received May 16, 2018; Revised May 30, 2018; Accepted May 31, 2018.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Objectives: To determine the evidence supporting the effectiveness and safety of Daoyin exercise therapy for treating low back pain.
Methods: We searched 11 electronic databases(Pubmed, Web of Science, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, CAJ, KISTI, KISS, NDSL, KMBASE, RISS, and DBpia) and two related journals,till April 2018 for randomized controlled trials(RCTs) related to testDaoyin exercise therapy for low back pain.
Results: The inclusion criteria were fulfilled by eight RCTs. The meta-analysis of the eight studies showed positive results when Daoyin exercise therapy was used for treating low back pain.
Conclusions: Based on the meta-analysis, we found indications for the favorable impact of Daoyin exercise therapy on the treatment of low back pain. However, our systematic review has limited evidence to support this theory because of the low quality of original articles. Hence, additional well-designed RCTs should be encouraged.
Keywords : Daoyin exercise therapy, low back pain, systematic review, meta-analysis, randomized controlled trial

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