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Effect of Using Electrical Stimulation and Ultrasound with Aerobic Exercise on Local Lipolysis
J Kor Soc Phys Ther 2010;22(6):13-20
Published online December 25, 2010
© 2010 The Korean Society of Physical Therapy.

Sug-Ju Choi, PT, PhD; Jin-Gu Jeong, PT, PhD1; Sam-Ki Seo, PT, PhD2

Department of Physical Therapy, Taegu Science College; 1Department of Physical Therapy, Chunnam Techno College;
2Department of Physical Therapy, Seonam University
Purpose: This study was designed to measure the effects of weight, abdominal girth, body fat, abdominal fat and cholesterol levels in combination with electrical stimulation, ultrasound and aerobic exercise on obesity and local lipolysis.
Methods: Subjects were 30 obese adults who volunteered to take part in the experiment and had no physical diseases. They were randomly divided into three groups: (1) an aerobic exercise group (n=10), (2) an electrical stimulation group with aerobic exercise (n=10), and (3) an ultrasound stimulation group with aerobic exercise (n=10). Each experimental group went through 8 weeks of training.
Results: All measured items including weight, girth of the abdomen, body fat, and cholesterol levels showed significant differences among groups. All three groups showed decreases for all items. The electrical stimulation + aerobic exercise group (group II) showed greater effects than the aerobic exercise group (group I) and the ultrasound stimulation group with aerobic exercise (group III).
Conclusion: Electrical stimulation + aerobic exercise and ultrasound stimulation + aerobic exercise cause decreases in weight, girth of the abdomen, body fat and cholesterol level compared to aerobic exercise alone. These methods can be considered to be effective adjuvants to aerobic exercise in obese adults.
Keywords : Electrical stimulation, Ultrasound stimulation, Aerobic exercise, Obesity

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