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Title: Physical effects and cognitive function after exercising “Rue-si-dad-ton” (Exercise using the posture of the hermit doing body contortion): A randomized controlled pilot trial
Authors: Lokachet Tanasugarn
Pasit Natearpha
Ronnakorn Kongsakon
Marshima Chaosaowapa
Woraphon Choatwongwachira
Dussadee Seanglaw
Pattarachai Kiratisin
Chakrapong Namatra
Varalak Srinonprasert
Akarin Nimmannnit
Manmas Vannabhum
Tawee Laohapand
Vilai Kuptniratsaikul
Mahidol University
Keywords: Medicine
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2015
Citation: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand. Vol.98, No.3 (2015), 306-313
Abstract: © 2015, Medical Association of Thailand. All rights reserved. Background: This study aims to preliminarily evaluate effect on physical properties of shoulder joints and cognitive function after practicing Rue-si-dad-ton, a Thai traditional exercise using the postures of the hermit doing body contortion which still lacks systematically conducted evidence-based regarding its benefits. Material and Method: Thirty-seven participants who have routinely worked on computer at least 3 hours per day were recruited and randomized into intervention (n = 19) or control group (n = 18). Physical effect on shoulder joints was evaluated by measuring shoulder range of motion (ROM) and evaluating shoulder function with the American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons Standardized Shoulder Assessment Form. Cognitive function was determined by Verbal Fluency Test, Trail Maker B Test, and Digit Span Test. Both study groups were assessed by all tests at the beginning and at the end of study by blinded assessors. The intervention group performed 3 postures of Rue-si-dad-ton exercise (an hour per day for 4 days by a well-trained instructor) before the final measurement. Results: Only left and right shoulder flexion of the intervention group (p-value = 0.006 and 0.010 respectively) showed significant increment compared with the control group using ANCOVA test with baseline adjusted as covariate. Other variables, including joint and cognitive function, indicated no significant changes between groups. No complications from exercise were found during the study. Conclusion: Rue-si-dad-ton may safely help improve range of joint motion with potential benefit for joint and cognitive function. Additional extensive studies with adequate number of participants and longer period of exercise are warranted.
ISSN: 01252208
Appears in Collections:Scopus 2011-2015

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