A comparison of abdominal muscles fatigue in women after vaginal birth, women after caesarean section, and a control group. A pilot study
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Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland
Department of Physiotherapy in Motor System Dysfunctions, University School of Physical Education in Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland
Submission date: 2020-04-05
Acceptance date: 2020-07-09
Publication date: 2021-06-21
Physiother Quart. 2021;29(2):62-66
To investigate fatiguability of abdominal muscles in women after natural childbirth and caesarean section compared with a control group in the prone bridge (plank) test.

The study involved 11 women after natural childbirth, 8 women after caesarean section, and 8 women who had not been pregnant and had not given birth. After completing a personal questionnaire and qualification in a functional examination, the participants performed the prone bridge (plank) test. A 4-lead surface electromyograph was used for the study of rectus abdominis muscles and internal oblique/transversus abdominis muscles.

There were no statistically significant differences between the right and left side of the body (p < 0.05). There were no differences in muscle fatigue parameters between the groups in the prone bridge test (p < 0.05).

Electromyographic parameters of abdominal muscles fatigue are similar in women after natural childbirth, women after caesarean section, and those who have not given birth. Caesarean section in asymptomatic women does not affect the deterioration of abdominal muscle strength in plank exercise.

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