VACUUM THERAPY VERSUS ABDOMINAL EXERCISES ON ABDOMINAL OBESITY, Gharib, Nevein Mohammed Mohammed, and Diab Reham Hussein , Int J Physiother, Volume 3, Issue 3, p.280-285, (2016)


Background: Obesity is a medical condition that may adversely affect wellbeing and leading to increased incidence of
many health problems. Abdominal obesity tends to be associated with weight gain and obesity and it is significantly
connected with different disorders like coronary heart disease and type II diabetes mellitus.This study was conducted
to investigate the efficacy of vacuum therapy as compared to abdominal exercises on abdominal obesity in overweight
and obese women.
Methods: Thirtyoverweight and obese women participated in this study with body mass index > 25 kg/m2andwaist
circumference ≥ 85 cm. Their ages ranged from 28 - 40 years old.The subjects were excluded if they have diabetes, abdominal
infection diseases or any physical limitation restricting exercise ability. They were randomly allocated into two
equal groups; group I and group II. Group I received vacuum therapy sessions (by the use of LPG device) in addition
to aerobic exercise training. Group II received abdominal exercises in addition to the same aerobic exercisesgiven to
group I. This study was extended for successive 8 weeks (3 sessions/ week). All subjects were assessed for thickness of
the abdominal skin fold, waist circumference and body mass index.
Results: The results of this study showeda significant difference between group I and group II post-interventionas regarding
to the mean values of waist circumference and abdominal skin fold thickness (p<0.05).
Conclusion: It can be concluded that aerobic exercises combined with vacuum therapy (forthree sessions/week for
successive 8 weeks) have a positive effect on women with abdominal obesity in terms of reducing waist circumference
and abdominal skin fold thickness.
Keywords: Vacuum therapy, Abdominal Exercises, Aerobic Exercises, Abdominal Obesity, Women, Obesity.

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