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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To record surface or indwelling activity levels of muscles.
To track the 3d coordinates of human segments in the lab.
To measure acceleration in three axes.
To measure ground reaction forces and moments of human subjects in the lab.
To measure the stiffness of the in-vivo spine.
Date submitted: Tue, Aug 7, 2018 9:02 AM
Date updated: Tue, Aug 7, 2018 9:04 AM