Is ‘ideal’ sitting posture real?: Measurement of spinal curves in four sitting postures

Claus, Andrew P., Hides, Julie A., Moseley, G. Lorimer and Hodges, Paul W. (2009) Is ‘ideal’ sitting posture real?: Measurement of spinal curves in four sitting postures. Manual Therapy, 14 4: 404-408. doi:10.1016/j.math.2008.06.001

Author Claus, Andrew P.
Hides, Julie A.
Moseley, G. Lorimer
Hodges, Paul W.
Title Is ‘ideal’ sitting posture real?: Measurement of spinal curves in four sitting postures
Journal name Manual Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-689X
Publication date 2009-08
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.math.2008.06.001
Volume 14
Issue 4
Start page 404
End page 408
Total pages 4
Place of publication Kidlington, Dorset, United Kingdom
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject C1
110317 Physiotherapy
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
110603 Motor Control
110601 Biomechanics
Abstract There is a lack of quantitative evidence for previous termspinal posturesnext term that are advocated as ‘ideal’ in clinical ergonomics for previous term This study quantified surface previous termspinal curvesnext term and examined whether subjects could imitate clinically ‘ideal’ directions of previous termspinal curvenext term at thoraco-lumbar and lumbar regions: (i) flat – at both regions (ii) long lordosis – lordotic at both regions (iii) short lordosis – thoracic kyphosis and lumbar lordosis. Ten healthy male subjects had 3-D motion sensors adhered to the skin so that sagittal previous termspinal curvesnext term were represented by angles at thoracic (lines between T1–T5 and T5–T10), thoraco-lumbar (T5–T10 and T10–L3) and lumbar regions (T10–L3 and L3–S2). Subjects attempted to imitate pictures of previous termspinal curvesnext term for the flat, long lordosis, short lordosis and a slumped previous termposture,next term and were then given feedback/manual facilitation to achieve the previous term Repeated measures analysis of variance was used to compare previous termspinalnext term angles between previous termposturenext term and facilitation conditions. Results show that although subjects imitated previous termposturesnext term with the same previous termcurvenext term direction at thoraco-lumbar and lumbar regions (slumped, flat or long lordosis), they required feedback/manual facilitation to differentiate the regional previous termcurvesnext term for the short lordosis previous term Further study is needed to determine whether the clinically proposed ‘ideal’ previous termposturesnext term provide clinical advantages.
Keyword Lumbosacral region
Thoracic vertebrae
previous termSitting
Posturenext term
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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