The Spine Biomechanics and Interventional Ergonomics Lab

Research Facility



The Spine Biomechanics and Interventional Ergonomics Lab
Memorial University
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador (NL)

Societal awareness of the dangers of sedentary lifestyles is starting to grow.  Thanks to the results of recent epidemiology studies, the media has been quick to highlight sitting as “the new smoking” and the pastime that “is killing you”.  Slightly less sensational, yet equally important with respect to health and injury, is the relationship between sitting and low back pain (LBP). Directly related to decreased productivity, decreased quality of life and high health care costs, LBP might be the first of many negative health outcomes to be experienced by sedentary workers.  Currently, there is still much to be learned about sitting induced back pain, especially in regards to pathways of pain and injury and in the context of older and clinical populations. 
 
The Spine Biomechanics and Interventional Ergonomics lab is focused on the biomechanics of the human spine, especially in seated postures, in the context of:
·      injury mechanisms (acute and repetitive tissue overload, strain of passive tissues by creep, and altered neuromuscular control)
·      treatment options (spine manipulation, stretching, soft tissue therapy and exercise)
·      prevention strategies (movement breaks, ergonomic aids, alternative work environments, early diagnostic indicators)

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Contacts



Diana De Carvalho
ddecarvalho@mun.ca
7097778955
Assistant Professor

Equipment



Wireless Electromyography
Noraxon USA
DTS Wireless

To record surface or indwelling activity levels of muscles.

2016

Motion Capture System
NDI
3D Investigator Optotrak

To track the 3d coordinates of human segments in the lab.

2017

Tri-Axial Accelerometers
Analog Devies
ADXL335

To measure acceleration in three axes.


Force Plates
AMTI
OR6-6-1K-SYS

To measure ground reaction forces and moments of human subjects in the lab.

2018

Spine Stiffness Testing System
VibeDx

To measure the stiffness of the in-vivo spine.

2018

Date submitted: Tue, Aug 7, 2018 9:02 AM
Date updated: Tue, Aug 7, 2018 9:04 AM

2018-08-07T09:04:12+00:00