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Old 29-09-2007, 02:21 AM   #1
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Default Posture Analysis

The following was spammed to me today by a company that sells postural analysis software - claiming it as evidence why you should have postural analysis tools in your practice. Let's deconstruct...

"It's true. Several major published peer reviewed studies have exposed
posture analysis as a tool you should have in your practice. Here is a
short recap:

SPINE, 2005

• "All measures of health status showed significantly poorer scores as
C7 plumb line deviation increased."

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 2004

• "Older men and women with hyperkyphotic posture have higher mortality

American Journal of Pain Management, 1994

• "Spinal pain, headache, mood, blood pressure, pulse, and lung capacity
are among the functions most easily in fluenced by posture."

The Journal of Neuroscience, 2007

Bad posture could raise your blood pressure. Study finds neurolink between
position of neck muscles and high blood pressure."
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Old 29-09-2007, 03:02 AM   #2
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Default The abstracts

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I failed to find an abstract for the third study but found that the quote appears almost exclusively on chiropractic websites. For example this one. The last sentence in the link is the take home message.

Link 4
"I did a small amount of web-based research, and what I found is disturbing"--Bob Morris

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Old 29-09-2007, 10:57 AM   #3
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I heard that limping is a major risk factor for lower extremity injury - in fact, as limping increases, I think the chance of their being an injury goes up by a factor of at least 10!.
I think this is so important that I always force my patients not to limp. I mean, I don't want them getting hurt on my watch!
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Thought I'd add this while the thread was still fresh... I had a patient today tell me about a computer course she is taking in high school. Her instructor informed the class that 90% of their grade would be based on the correct computer station posture (not academic work)... and that they would never survive university if they didn't have the right posture... apparently she goes around the class and yells at those without a perfect and perfectly static posture... heaven forbid that one breathes or shifts in a chair... as you might expect, the 'perfect posture' causes my patient (and likely everyone else) intense pain within about 90 seconds.

Thank God I'm not in high school anymore.
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Old 01-10-2007, 11:47 PM   #5
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True. Sitting upright according to plumb bobs and alignment of bits and pieces is guaranteed to generate pain, even if pain was absent to begin with. Unfortunately there are many PTs who still believe static uprightedness is the way to go with computers.

Interestingly, people in theatres and cinemas seem to manage static posturing for a long time.

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