Kinematic analysis of the lumbar lateral flexion and lumbar lateral shift movement techniques

Mulvein K. and Jull G. (1995) Kinematic analysis of the lumbar lateral flexion and lumbar lateral shift movement techniques. Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy, 3 3: 104-109. doi:10.1179/jmt.1995.3.3.104


Author Mulvein K.
Jull G.
Title Kinematic analysis of the lumbar lateral flexion and lumbar lateral shift movement techniques
Journal name Journal of Manual and Manipulative Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2042-6186
Publication date 1995-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1179/jmt.1995.3.3.104
Volume 3
Issue 3
Start page 104
End page 109
Total pages 6
Subject 3612 Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
Abstract Clinicians advocate that lumbar lateral shift may more readily detect low lumbar spine dysfunction and provide a more effective treatment movement than conventional lateral flexion. No previous studies have analysed these movements to investigate whether they have a different effect on the lumbar spine. In the first instance, a group of normal, healthy volunteers with no history of back pain were studied with a three dimensional non-invasive measurement technique. Results demonstrated that lumbar lateral flexion incurred a mean of 16.6° of lateral flexion at the upper lumbar levels (L1-L4) and 3.6° at the lower levels (L4-S1). Comparatively, lumbar shift produced 5.5° of lateral flexion at the upper levels constituting a reduction of movement, but there was no significant difference in the magnitude of lateral flexion at the lower levels (2.5°). Lumbar shift may therefore be more effective in the assessment and treatment of patients with low back pain, as the movement is focussed to the lower lumbar levels which are more frequently pathognomonic.
Keyword Lateral flexion. Lateral shift
Lumbar spine. Kinematics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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