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  1. Avaliação do controlo postural em adultos com Síndrome de Down

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    Mota, Maria João Monteiro da

    2016-01-01

    Introdução: Adultos com Síndrome de Down evidenciam frequentemente alterações ao nível do controlo postural. Desta forma, a potenciação dos mecanismos relacionados com o mesmo revela-se de extrema importância, no sentido de melhorar a eficiência e qualidade dos movimentos funcionais, nomeadamente no gesto de alcance. Objectivo(s): Analisar as modificações na amplitude do CoP e nos ajustes posturais antecipatórios dos músculos reto anterior, bicípite femoral, tibial anterior e solear, bilatera...

  2. O efeito agudo da terapia Bowen no limiar de dor e controlo postural em indivíduos saudáveis

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    Félix, Gonçalo José Silva

    2014-01-01

    Introdução: A fáscia é tecido conjuntivo inervado por terminações nervosas livres e por mecanoretores, tendo um papel importante na dor e na proprioceção. Acredita-se que a Terapia Bowen estimule os mecanorecetores e as terminações nervosas livres presentes na fáscia. Objetivos: Determinar o efeito imediato da Terapia Bowen no limiar de dor à pressão mecânica e no controlo postural em indivíduos saudáveis. Métodos: Este foi um estudo cruzado de amostras emparelhadas, duplamente cego, constitu...

  3. Controlo da Qualidade em Hemoglobinopatias

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    Miranda, Armandina

    2015-01-01

    Experiência do Controlo da qualidade em Hemoglobinopatias, pelo Grupo de Trabalho de Hematologia do Programa Nacional de Avaliação Externa da Qualidade (PNAEQ), INSA. As Hemoglobinopatias são doenças monogénicas hereditárias de transmissão autossómica recessiva resultantes de mutações que afetam os genes responsáveis pela síntese das cadeias de globina da hemoglobina, ou as suas regiões regulatórias.

  4. Intervenção em fisioterapia, baseada no conceito de Bobath, consegue influenciar os APA's da tibiotársica? Sujeitos com acidente vascular encefálico e com alteração do controlo postural do Complexo Lombo Pélvico Coxas

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    Farias, Sara Isabel Souto

    2016-01-01

    Introdução: Sujeitos pós-AVE apresentam frequentemente alterações do controlo postural do Complexo Lombo Pélvico Coxas (CLPC), que podem influenciar os ajustes posturais antecipatórios (APA’s). Este controlo postural é fundamental para assegurar a independência funcional e a participação social. Objetivo: Verificar, num grupo de participantes com AVE e com alterações do controlo postural do CLPC, se face à intervenção em fisioterapia, ocorreram alterações no comportamento e nos tempos de vari...

  5. Controlo de infestantes em culturas de sementeira directa

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    Barros, José; Basch, G.; Carvalho, Mário

    2004-01-01

    No controlo das infestantes podem distinguir-se vários métodos que podem ser agrupados em métodos que podem indirectos, que contribuem para a diminuição da ocorrência das infestantes (rotações de culturas, data de sementeira, e muitos outros) e métodos directos como o recurso à mobilização do solo, à queima e à utilização de herbicidas. Quando o agricultor adopta o sistema de sementeira directa e como este sistema implica a não realização de qualquer mobilização prévia do solo, a alternat...

  6. Controlo de infestantes em pós-emergência na cultura da cevada em sementeira directa

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    2010-01-01

    No ano agrícola de 2009/2010 foram levados a cabo dois ensaios de campo, cujo objectivo foi estudar o efeito de doses inferiores às recomendadas de diferentes herbicidas no controlo de infestantes em pós-emergência na cultura da cevada de sementeira directa. Num dos dois ensaios estudou-se o efeito da interacção de dois herbicidas: diclofope - metilo + fenoxaprope-p-etilo + mefenepir – dietilo (Dopler) e amidosulfurão + iodosulfurão + mefenepir-dietilo (Sekator) no controlo das infestante...

  7. Controlo de Infestantes mono e dicotiledóneas em pós-emergência na cultura do trigo em sementeira directa. Ensaios: Atlantis e Dopler

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    2006-01-01

    No ano agrícola de 2005/2006, realizaram-se ensaios cujo objectivo foi o de estudar o efeito de doses inferiores às recomendadas de Mesosulfurão-metilo & iodosulfurão-metilo & mefenepir-dietilo (Atlantis) no controlo de infestantes mono e dicotiledóneas e diclofope-metilo + fenoxaprope-p-etilo + mefenepir – dietilo (Dopler) no controlo de infestantes monocotiledóneas em pós-emergência, e na produção de trigo em sementeira directa. Os ensaios realizaram-se na herdade da Revilheira (Regueng...

  8. Controlo de Lolium rigidum Gaud e infestantes dicotiledóneas em pós-emergência na cultura da cevada em sementeira directa. Ensaio: Dopler + Sekator

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    2009-01-01

    No ano agrícola de 2008/2009, realizou-se um ensaio de campo, cujo objectivo foi estudar o efeito de doses inferiores às recomendadas de diclofope-metilo + fenoxaprope – p – etilo + mefenepir dietilo (Dopler) e amidosulfurão & iodosulfurão & mefenepir – dietilo (Sekator) no controlo de Lolium rigidum Gaud. (erva-febra) e diversas infestantes dicotiledóneas em pós-emergência, e na produção de cevada dística (Hordeum vulgare L.) em sementeira directa. Os ensaios realizaram-se na herdade Exp...

  9. Dispositivos de Controlo das Dependências

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    Basilio, António João Pinheiro

    2008-01-01

    Os dispositivos de controlo e as dependências, com ou sem substância (a droga, o álcool, o jogo, etc.), são o objecto principal da nossa pesquisa. Em suma, como caracterizar as metamorfoses que se verificam actualmente nos dispositivos de controlo das toxicodependências e qual a relação entre estas metamorfoses e os actuais debates sobre as dependências em geral? Esta dissertação debruça-se sobre alguns dos dispositivos de controlo das dependências, em Portugal, (2000-2006), atrav...

  10. Estudo prévio para a implantação de um programa de controlo de reprodução em canídeos

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    2011-01-01

    Mestrado em Saúde Pública Master Degree Course in Public Health O facto dos animais vadios constituírem um perigo para a Saúde Pública implica que estes sejam sistematicamente recolhidos da rua pelas Autarquias. Entregues aos milhares todos os anos nos seus centros de recolha oficial (antigos canis municipais), não existe posteriormente outra solução que não a sua eutanásia. Para mudar este cenário pensa-se ser necessário a implantação de um programa de controlo reproduti...

  11. Eficácia do herbicida Pacífica Plus no controlo de infestantes em pós-emergência da cultura do trigo

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    2015-01-01

    No ano agrícola de 2014/2015, realizou-se um ensaio de campo na Herdade Experimental da Almocreva (Beja) com o objetivo de estudar a eficácia de doses diferentes do herbicida Pacífica Plus no controlo em pós-emergência do azevém anual (Lolium rigidum G.)e de infestantes de folha larga (dicotiledóneas) em trigo mole (Triticum aestivum L.)e o seu efeito na produtividade desta cultura. O herbicida foi aplicado em 3 doses (D1-0,3; D2-0,4 e D3-0,5 kg/ha), não se tendo verificado diferenças signifi...

  12. A penectomia como técnica de controlo reprodutivo da espécie invasora Trachemys scripta em contexto zoológico

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    Botelho, Alexandre Valente Luís de Aragão

    2016-01-01

    Dissertação de Mestrado Integrado em Medicina Veterinária Trachemys scripta é uma das espécies mais invasoras da atualidade. A sua grande capacidade de adaptação a novos ambientes combinada com a sua superioridade competitiva ameaçam os habitats Mediterrânicos e a sobrevivência das espécies de cágados autóctones. Na tentativa de evitar a eutanásia de espécimes capturados, o controlo reprodutivo da espécie poderá ser uma solução. Adaptámos uma técnica utilizada nesta espécie em caso de prol...

  13. Controlo da tuberculose em Portugal continental : estudo do insucesso terapêutico e dos seus factores nos doentes pulmonares para optimização do Programa Nacional

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    Veiga, Ana Margarida Coelho Costa

    2016-01-01

    RESUMO - Introdução: A Tuberculose (TB) continua a constituir um importante problema de Saúde Pública ao nível global, permanecendo uma das mais graves doenças infecciosas a par da infecção do Vírus da Imunodeficiência Humana (VIH), sendo causa de pesadas disfunções familiares, sociais e económicas. Adicionalmente, os países de baixa a moderada incidência enfrentam o desafio da re-emergência da doença em sub-grupos populacionais específicos, onde o grau de controlo é menor, aumentando o ri...

  14. Controlo de infestantes mono e dicotiledóneas em pós-emergência na cultura do trigo em sementeira directa. Ensaios: Atlantis e Atlantis+Sekator

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    2007-01-01

    No ano agrícola de 2006/2007, realizaram-se dois ensaios cujo objectivo foi estudar o efeito de doses inferiores às recomendadas de mesosulfurão-metilo & iodosulfurão-metilo & mefenepir-dietilo (Atlantis) e amidosulfurão & iodosulfurão & mefenepir – dietilo (Sekator), no controlo de infestantes mono e dicotiledóneas em pós-emergência, e na produção de trigo em sementeira directa. Sendo a sementeira directa um sistema de mobilização que não causa distúrbio no solo, será de esperar uma germi...

  15. Controlo da dor crónica em cuidados paliativos com TENS e comunicação

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    Ferreira, Elisa Maria Gonçalves

    2013-01-01

    Relatório de prática clínica apresentado à Escola Superior de Saúde Dr. Lopes Dias do Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco para cumprimento dos requisitos necessários à obtenção do grau de mestre em Cuidados Paliativos. Este relatório reporta ao estágio realizado no âmbito da Prática Clínica 1º Mestrado em Cuidados Paliativos da Escola Superior de Saúde Dr. Lopes Dias, do Instituto Politécnico de Castelo Branco, que decorreu no período entre Fevereiro e Maio. Pretende salien...

  16. Infeção por Toxocara em animais de companhia: abordagem ao tratamento e ao controlo

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    Graça, Maria Inês Silva

    2015-01-01

    Toxocarose é uma doença provocada por nemátodes da família Ascarididae, da espécie Toxocara canis, no caso de cães, e Toxocara cati, no caso de gatos. Os cães e gatos desempenham um importante papel na transmissão destes parasitas ao ser humano, através da excreção de ovos nas fezes. A toxocarose é considerada uma zoonose de grande importância em Saúde Pública. Embora a espécie Toxocara cati seja considerada menos importante na transmissão desta zoonose, alguns autores defendem que Toxocara c...

  17. Controlo da placa bacteriana em reabilitações implanto-suportadas: revisão da literatura

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    Marmelo, Catarina Filipa Dias

    2016-01-01

    Trabalho final do 5º ano com vista à atribuição do grau de mestre no âmbito do ciclo de estudos de Mestrado Integrado em Medicina Dentária apresentado à Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra. Introdução: A reabilitação oral com implantes tem tido uma divulgação exponencial graças aos seus resultados, estéticos e funcionais, altamente satisfatórios. A falta de motivação para a higiene oral e de destreza manual por parte do doente levam à acumulação de placa bacteriana, p...

  18. Sistema de Controlo Remoto de Luzes de Aeródromo

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    2015-01-01

    Este relatório apresenta o trabalho realizado no âmbito da unidade curricular de Dissertação do Mestrado em Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores – área de especialização de Automação e Sistemas. O trabalho realizado consiste no desenvolvimento de um Sistema de Controlo Remoto de Luzes de Aeródromo (SCRLA) que pode ser aplicado em paralelo aos comandos locais de controlo das luzes de aproximação, pista ou circulação, entre outras, de uma infra-estrutura aeroportuária. O objectivo ...

  19. Laboratório remoto para monitorização e controlo baseado em MATLAB/Simulink e LabVIEW

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    Silva, Luís Filipe Fernandes Brazão da

    2011-01-01

    Dissertação submetida à Universidade Nova de Lisboa para obtenção do grau de Mestre em Engenharia Electrotécnica e Computadores O uso de laboratórios remotos no ensino tem vindo a aumentar na última década. Em Portugal, verificou-se um esforço para introduzir laboratórios remotos no ensino básico, secundário e universitário. Hoje em dia são vastas as oportunidades que a Internet oferece no ensino, onde por exemplo são cada vez mais utilizadas técnicas de e-learning que permitem aos alunos ...

  20. Controlo de qualidade na tradução.

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    Miriam Santos

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available Se pedirmos a dois tradutores para avaliar uma determinada tradução, obteremos três opiniões diferentes. Além da noção de que é necessário traduzir um texto correctamente, existem várias ideias totalmente diferentes de como uma tradução deve ser avaliada. O que uma pessoa considera uma óptima tradução outra pode considerar apenas aceitável; porém, os prestadores de serviços de tradução são avaliados periodicamente relativamente à qualidade do serviço de tradução que prestam (http://www.lisa.org/archive_domain/newsletters/2004/1.1/qamodel.html. O controlo de qualidade na tradução percorreu um longo caminho desde o processo tradicional (que constituía em pouco mais do que verificação gramatical e ortográfica, e alguns critérios subjectivos da equipa interna de uma empresa até ao processo formal orientado para o cliente desencadeado pela localização, em que o produto, o utilizador e a funcionalidade são os factores-chave do controlo de qualidade (que também abrange formatação, hiperligações, referências cruzadas, paginação, cumprimento de guias de estilo, entre outros itens com vista ao cumprimento de prazos, à redução dos custos e a gestão de grandes equipas de recursos freelance externos à empresa.

  1. Variabilidade da infestação em duas variedades de trigo mole (Triticum Aestivum L.. I: em função da data de sementeira e do controlo das plantas infestantes em pós-emergência Variability of weed infestation in two wheat varieties (Triticum Aestivum L.. I: as influenced by sowing date and post-emergence weed control

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    José Manuel Godinho Calado

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Neste trabalho, procurou-se verificar a influência da data de sementeira e do controlo das infestantes na infestação e na produção de duas variedades de trigo mole (Sever e Centauro, a partir de um ensaio instalado durante quatro anos (1996/97 a 1999/00 na Herdade da Revelheira, concelho de Reguengos de Monsaraz. De acordo com a análise dos resultados, constatou-se que a sementeira do trigo efectuada no início de Novembro permitiu a ocorrência de maior infestação na cultura relativamente à realizada no fim de Novembro e, em consequência, as perdas de produção do trigo sem aplicação de um herbicida em pós-emergência foram maiores. Portanto, a aplicação de um herbicida em pós-sementeira, nas condições mediterrânicas do Sul de Porugal, é mais relevante para diminuir a infestação e as perdas produtivas do trigo quando a sementeira é precoce (realizada no início de Novembro.The density of weed infestation of a crop is influenced by its sowing date due the variability of the control of the spontaneous flora in pre-emergence, depending on the level of weed emergence before sowing. In this study the effect of different sowing dates of two wheat varieties (Sever and Centauro and post-emergence weed control was analyzed in terms of weed infestation and crop performance. The trials were carried out over four years (1996/97 until 1999/00 on the farm “Revelheira” belonging to the Regional Directorate of Agriculture in the Reguengos de Monsaraz municipality. When sowing was carried out in the beginning of November and without post-emergence weed control weed infestation during the crop cycle was much higher when compared to the sowing date at the end of November. Consequently, yield reduction was much more pronounced at the early sowing date. Thus, for early sowing dates, post-emergence weed control under Mediterranean conditions seems to be essential to avoid severe weed infestation and unacceptable crop yield reductions.

  2. Modelação e controlo não-linear do sistema motor humano

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    Nunes, Gonçalo Nuno Nascimento Ventura de Brito

    2009-01-01

    Mestrado Integrado em Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores Em diversas situações clínicas, como sejam por exemplo, traumas ao nível da espinal-medula, mielopatias degenerativas, entre outras, os doentes podem vir a manifestar a perda sensorial e do controlo da função motora. Este trabalho propõe o desenvolvimento de um modelo matemático quantitativo, para o sistema neuro-músculo-esquelético humano, em particular, para o membro superior humano incorporando algumas das suas dinâmic...

  3. Controlo operacional da qualidade da água: caso Águas do Algarve

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    Santos, Helena Maria Gonçalves Lucas dos

    2014-01-01

    O presente relatório pretende contribuir para a demonstração de que a adoção de um esquema de certificação da água para consumo humano associado à implementação de um plano de segurança da água, permite implementar um programa de controlo operacional da qualidade da água, quer no tratamento da água para consumo humano, quer no sistema de abastecimento de água, tendo em vista detetar e corrigir, em tempo útil, as alterações que eventualmente ocorram na qualidade da água. ...

  4. Doses reduzidas de herbicidas no controlo do Juncus Bufonius L. e infestantes dicotiledóneas em trigo de sementeira directa Reduced doses of herbicides to control Juncus Bufonius L. and broad-leaved weeds in no-till wheat

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    José Calado Barros

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available O estudo foi levado a cabo nos anos de 2007/08 e 2008/09 numa herdade privada no distrito de Évora (Sul de Portugal, onde a cultura do trigo é semeada após o início das chuvas de Outono. O trigo foi estabelecido usando o sistema de sementeira directa, o qual possibilita a aplicação de herbicidas de pós-emergência numa fase mais precoce do desenvolvimento das infestantes. Para controlar o Juncus bufonius L. e diferentes infestantes de folha larga, foi aplicada uma mistura de dois herbicidas quando as infestantes se encontravam no estádio de desenvolvimento de 3-4 pares de folhas. Os herbicidas aplicados foram o mesossulfurão-metilo + iodossulfurão-metilo-sódio + mefenepir-dietilo (H1 e o clortolurão (H2 e utilizaram-se duas doses diferentes dos dois herbicidas. O maior controlo do J. bufonius foi obtido quando na mistura se utilizou a dose mais alta do herbicida H2 (2.0 L ha-1 e para se conseguir um maior controlo das infestantes dicotiledóneas foi também necessário aplicar a dose mais alta do herbicida H1 (0.3 kg ha-1. Apesar das diferenças na produção de grão não terem sido significativas para os diferentes tratamentos, verificou-se a tendência de um aumento na produção de grão com um controlo mais eficaz do Juncus bufonius L.The study was carried out over 2 years (2007/2008 and 2008/2009 on a private farm in the Alentejo region (Évora, in the South of Portugal where rainfed wheat is sown after the beginning of the autumn rainfall season. The wheat crop was established using no-till which permits the post-emergence application of herbicides at an early weed development stage. To control J. bufonius and different broad-leaved weeds, a mixture of two herbicides was used when the weeds were at the 3-4 pair of leaves development stage. The herbicides applied were mesosulfuron-methyl + iodosulfuron- methyl-sodium + mefenpyr-diethyl (H1 and clortoluron (H2 at two different doses. Best J. bufonius control was achieved with

  5. Reprodutibilidade intra-observador de um protocolo para avaliação postural em escolares

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    Sedrez, Juliana Adami; Oliveira, Daniela Scotto de; Noll,Matias; Fonseca, Cíntia Detsch; Candotti, Cláudia Tarragô

    2013-01-01

    O objetivo do estudo foi propor e verificar a reprodutibilidade intraobservador de um protocolo de avaliação postural para o ambiente escolar. Vinte escolares foram submetidos a um protocolo de avaliação postural, com registro fotográfico, avaliação da gibosidade e medição das alturas dos acrômios e das espinhas ilíacas pósterosuperiores. As avaliações foram realizadas em teste e reteste, com intervalo de 14 dias. Os resultados no plano frontal foram moderados para a horizontalidade da pelve ...

  6. Controle postural em pacientes com lesão do ligamento cruzado anterior

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    Gabriela Borin; Catia de Lourdes Masullo; Thatia Regina Bonfim; Anamaria Siriani de Oliveira; Cleber Antônio Jansen Paccola; José Ângelo Barela; Débora Bevilaqua-Grossi

    2010-01-01

    A lesão do ligamento cruzado anterior (LCA) do joelho acarreta alterações somatosensoriais em função da perda de informações provenientes dos mecanorreceptores presentes no LCA. Esses receptores constituem importante fonte de informação sensorial, afetando o desempenho de vários atos motores, dentre os quais o controle postural. O estudo objetivou analisar o controle postural de indivíduos com joelhos normais e com lesão unilateral do LCA. Participaram 15 voluntários com lesão do LCA (grupo l...

  7. Revestimento de parede como componente passivo para controlo de humidade ambiente

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    Gonçalves, Hélder Ismael Novais

    2010-01-01

    No presente trabalho estudou-se a capacidade de controlo de humidade ambiente pelo uso de argamassas porosas. Partiu-se de uma argamassa de cal aérea e cimento (a que se deu o nome de padrão) e adicionaram-se vários adjuvantes, em quantidades distintas. Os adjuvantes utilizados (vermiculite expandida, perlite expandida, agente expansivo e introdutor de ar) foram introduzidos na argamassa com a finalidade de alterar a porosidade (volume e dimensão de poros). Estas modificações alteraram outras...

  8. Projeto e implementação de um pré-regulador de fator de potência com controlo digital

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    Costa, Arnaldo Samuel Faria da

    2013-01-01

    Hoje em dia as fontes de alimentação possuem correção do fator de potência, devido às diversas normas regulamentares existentes, que introduziram grandes restrições no que respeita à distorção harmónica (THD) e fator de potência (FP). Este trabalho trata da análise, desenvolvimento e implementação de um Pré-Regulador de fator de potência com controlo digital. O controlo digital de conversores com recurso a processamento digital de sinal tem vindo a ser ao longo dos últimos anos, objeto ...

  9. Efeito de doses reduzidas de um herbicida de pós-emergência no controlo de infestantes e na produção de trigo em sementeira directa The effect of low post-emergence herbicide doses to control weeds and on the yield wheat in direct drilling

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    J. F. C. Barros

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available O objectivo do presente trabalho foi o de estudar a eficiência do herbicida Mesosulfurão-metilo & iodosulfurão-metilo sódio & mefenepir-dietilo, no controlo, em pósemergência, de infestantes mono e dicotiledóneas e na produção da cultura do trigo em sementeira directa, combinando doses inferiores às recomendadas com volumes de água também inferiores, em dois estádios de desenvolvimento das infestantes. Assim, no ano agrícola de 2004/2005, realizou-se um ensaio numa herdade privada do Concelho de Évora, em que se estudou o efeito de 3 doses do herbicida anteriormente referido (0,20; 0,30 e 0,40 kg/ha em interacção com 3 volumes de água (100; 200 e 300 l/ha em duas fases de desenvolvimento das infestantes (início do afilhamento e afilhamento completo no caso das monocotiledóneas e, 3/4 e 5/6 pares de folhas para as dicotiledóneas. As doses recomendadas para este herbicida nas nossas condições climáticas e de infestação, são de 0,30; 0,35 e 0,40 kg/ha e os volumes de água variam de 350 a 600 litros por hectare. Os resultados obtidos mostram ser este herbicida bastante eficiente no controlo das monocotiledóneas (Avena sterilis L. e Lolium rigidum G., com a 1ª época de aplicação a ser significativamente melhor do que a 2ª época. No entanto, quer para as infestantes monocotiledóneas quer para as dicotiledóneas, a interacção dose x volume x época, não foi significativa. Em relação às dicotiledóneas, a eficiência foi, para a generalidade dos tratamentos, inferior à das monocotiledóneas, continuando no entanto, a 1ª época de aplicação a ser significativamente melhor que a 2ª época. No que concerne à produção de grão, constatou-se que a antecipação da aplicação do herbicida, poderá permitir não só a redução da dose como também do volume de água aplicado.The purpose of this work was to study the efficiency of the herbicide Mesosulfuron & iodosulfuron & mefenpyr – diethyl, to control

  10. Treino e apoio a operadores de centros de controlo e condução de redes eléctricas : Uma abordagem baseada em conhecimento e tutores inteligentes

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    Faria, Luís Felipe Rocha de

    2002-01-01

    Dissertação apresentada para obtenção parcial do grau de Doutor em Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores, na Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, sob a orientação dos Profs. Doutores Zita Maria Almeida do Vale, Carlos Fernando da Silva Ramos e António Carlos Sepúlveda Machado e Moura

  11. Postural assessment of girls between 7 and 10 years of age Avaliação postural em meninas de 7 a 10 anos

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    Patrícia Jundi Penha

    2005-02-01

    Full Text Available Postural alterations are often found in children and teenagers. In this stage of development, the posture undergoes many adjustments and adaptations due to changes of the body and to demanding psychosocial factors. PURPOSE: To identify which postural alterations occur most often in students between 7 and 10 years of age, to identify preventive measures, and to provide information to parents and teachers about the problem of bad posture. METHODS: Thirty three girls in each of 4 age groups between 7 and 10 years of age were assessed, resulting in a sample of 132 subjects. Photos of each girl in the sagittal and frontal planes were examined for postural deviations. RESULTS: The main postural deviations found were knock-knee, medial rotation of the hip, antepulsion, pelvic anteversion, knee hyperextension, lumbar hyperlordosis, valgus ankle, imbalanced shoulders, lateral pelvic inclination, scoliosis, trunk rotation, thoracic hyperkyphosis, winged scapula, shoulder protraction, abducted scapula, medial rotation of shoulders, and head tilt. CONCLUSION: High incidences of postural alterations occur in children of school age. Some of these reflect normal postural development, and get corrected during the child's growth. On the other hand, some alterations are asymmetries that can be caused by daily demands on the body and can result in negative impacts on the quality of life during childhood and adulthood. We emphasize the importance of providing information to parents and teachers about the problem of bad posture.Alterações posturais são freqüentemente encontradas em crianças e adolescentes. Nessa fase, a postura sofre uma série de ajustes e adaptações às mudanças no próprio corpo e à demanda psicossocial que lhe é apresentada, ocorrendo uma grande transformação na busca de um equilíbrio compatível com suas condições. OBJETIVO: Identificar quais as alterações posturais mais freqüentes em escolares, de 7 a 10 anos, com intuito de

  12. Controle postural em indivíduos portadores da síndrome de Down: revisão de literatura Postural control in individuals with Down syndrome: a review

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    Regiane Luz Carvalho; Gil Lúcio Almeida

    2008-01-01

    Este trabalho consistiu numa revisão da literatura sobre controle postural em indivíduos portadores da síndrome de Down, por meio de consulta às bases de dados Medline, Lilacs e Web of Science. Dentre os artigos publicados nos últimos 16 anos, selecionaram-se 30, dos quais 7 focalizam a natureza dos défices no sistema de controle postural, como alterações neurobiológicas e biomecânicas, e 23 enfocam o controle postural no período de desenvolvimento (11 artigos) e em adolescentes e adultos (12...

  13. Automatização e controlo de um sistema de electrospinning

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    Oliveira, Luís Manuel Barroso

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    Dissertação de mestrado em Engenharia Mecatrónica Este documento surge no seguimento da proposta de construção de um sistema de electrospinning e da sua automatização e controlo. Nele, o leitor encontrará a definição deste processo de fabrico de nanofibras, a sua história, os seus princípios básicos e grande parte dos aspetos que influenciam a sua execução. Todos estes conhecimentos são de extrema importância para a compreensão do trabalho que foi desenvolvido que culmina neste artigo. Rel...

  14. Fluorescência de raios-X no controlo da qualidade de amostras sólidas

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    Ascenso, Raquel Costa

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    O trabalho desenvolvido baseia-se na aplicação da técnica de Fluorescência de Raios-X (FRX) no controlo da qualidade em amostras de argilas e ferros fundidos. Numa fase inicial do trabalho foram inspeccionadas algumas amostras no sentido de se adquirir algum conhecimento relativo à sua composição, assim como o impacto das condições instrumentais sobre os respectivos espectros. Grande parte do trabalho desenvolvido incidiu sobre o estudo de argilas e a preparação de padrões mistos que pe...

  15. Comportamento do tronco na fase inicial da sequência de movimento de sentado para de pé, em indivíduos com Acidente Vascular Encefálico, em fase aguda

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    Barbosa, Marta

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    As alterações do controlo postural do tronco observadas em indivíduos pós acidente vascular encefálico (AVE) podem traduzir-se em dificuldades na realização da sequência de movimento de sentado para de pé (STS). Desta forma, o presente estudo teve como objetivo descrever o comportamento do tronco, durante a primeira fase do STS, em cinco indivíduos pós-AVE, em fase aguda. Para tal, os indivíduos foram avaliados em dois momentos, antes (M0) e após (M1) um período de intervenção de 3 meses. ...

  16. Controle postural em indivíduos portadores da síndrome de Down: revisão de literatura Postural control in individuals with Down syndrome: a review

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    Regiane Luz Carvalho

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Este trabalho consistiu numa revisão da literatura sobre controle postural em indivíduos portadores da síndrome de Down, por meio de consulta às bases de dados Medline, Lilacs e Web of Science. Dentre os artigos publicados nos últimos 16 anos, selecionaram-se 30, dos quais 7 focalizam a natureza dos défices no sistema de controle postural, como alterações neurobiológicas e biomecânicas, e 23 enfocam o controle postural no período de desenvolvimento (11 artigos e em adolescentes e adultos (12 artigos portadores da síndrome. Discutem-se os marcos teóricos que conformam a compreensão do desenvolvimento postural e seus défices, bem como as implicações dessa compreensão para a prática da fisioterapia.This is a review of literature on postural control in individuals with the Down syndrome, by searching in Medline, Lilacs and Web of Science data bases. Among articles published in the last 16 years, 30 were selected, of which 7 focus on postural control system deficits, such as neurobiological and biomechanical alterations, and 23 focus postural control development (11 articles and in adolescents and adults (12 articles with the Down syndrome. The theoretic bases for understanding posture control development and deficits are discussed, in view of their implications for physical therapy practice.

  17. Controle postural em pacientes com lesão do ligamento cruzado anterior Postural control in patients with anterior cruciate ligament injury

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    Gabriela Borin

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    Full Text Available A lesão do ligamento cruzado anterior (LCA do joelho acarreta alterações somatosensoriais em função da perda de informações provenientes dos mecanorreceptores presentes no LCA. Esses receptores constituem importante fonte de informação sensorial, afetando o desempenho de vários atos motores, dentre os quais o controle postural. O estudo objetivou analisar o controle postural de indivíduos com joelhos normais e com lesão unilateral do LCA. Participaram 15 voluntários com lesão do LCA (grupo lesado e 15 voluntários com joelhos normais (grupo controle. O controle postural foi analisado por plataforma de força, sendo o voluntário instruído a assumir a situação experimental em apoio unipodal direito e esquerdo, posicionado no centro da plataforma de modo estático e com os olhos fechados. A plataforma de força forneceu informações de forças e momentos no eixo vertical e horizontal, a partir das quais foi obtida a área de deslocamento do centro de pressão nas direções ântero-posterior e médio-lateral. Os resultados mostram que indivíduos com lesão do LCA apresentaram maior amplitude média de oscilação comparados aos do grupo controle, sugerindo que o deficit no controle postural seja devido à perda de informações proprioceptivas nos indivíduos com LCA. Esses resultados têm implicações para a abordagem clínica de indivíduos com lesão do LCA.Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL injury leads to sensorimotor changes due to lack of information from mechanoreceptors at the ACL. These receptors are an important source of sensory information, affecting the performance of various motor responses, among which postural control. The purpose of this study was to assess postural control in individuals with normal knees and with unilateral ACL injury. Fifteen subjects with ACL injury and 15 healthy young subjects (control group were submitted to postural control assessment by standing in single-leg stance (both right and left

  18. Efeitos da Reeducação Postural Global em escolares com escoliose Global Posture Reeducation effects in students with scoliosis

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    Pollyana Coelho Vieira Toledo

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi analisar o efeito do método da Reeducação Postural Global (RPG em escolares com diagnóstico de escoliose torácica não estrutural (ETNE. Os escolares com indicativo de ETNE ao exame postural e teste de Adams negativo foram encaminhados ao exame radiográfico para comprovação diagnóstica. Foram selecionados 20 participantes (11 meninos e 9 meninas, com 10±3 anos, divididos randomicamente em dois grupos homogêneos: o que realizou o RPG (GRPG durante 12 semanas com duração de 25 a 30 minutos cada sessão, de acordo com o que aguentou permanecer na postura; e o grupo controle (GC, sem intervenção. Após três meses, os dois grupos repetiram a avaliação postural e o exame radiográfico. Para avaliação das estatísticas, foi utilizada análise de variância (ANOVA univariada, com medidas repetidas, seguida do Post Hoc de Tukey para identificar as possíveis diferenças intra e intergrupos. O valor de α foi de 0,05. O GRPG apresentou redução significativa no ângulo de Cobb na comparação intragrupo (Δ%=-35,100; p=0,009, mas o GC não (Δ%=9,520; p=0,789. Pode-se concluir que escolares submetidos ao método da RPG apresentaram melhora do quadro de escoliose torácica não estrutural.The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of Global Reeducation Postural (RPG method in scholars diagnosed with thoracic nonstructural scoliosis (ETNE. Scholars with indicative of ETNE to postural exam and Adams test negative were directed to radiographic exam to diagnostic. Twenty participants were selected (11 boys and 9 girls, 10±3 years old and randomly divided in two homogeneous groups: group treated by RPG (GRPG and control group (CG. The GRPG was submitted a RPG treatment during 12 weeks in sessions from 25 to 30 minutes in agreement with each student tolerance at posture. The CG didn't suffer intervention. After three months, both groups repeated the postural and radiographic exam. For statistics, it was used

  19. Eficácia da promoção da saúde oral no controlo do biofilme bucal

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    Nélio Veiga

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Avaliar a eficácia das instruções de higiene oral, em particular no controlo do biofilme dentário, bem como avaliar a eficácia do reforço dessas instruções. Métodos: Realizou-se estudo quasi-experimental na Clínica Universitária da Universidade Católica Portuguesa (UCP em Viseu-Portugal, desenvolvido entre janeiro e junho de 2012. Efectuouse três avaliações a 30 indivíduos através do Índice de Placa de O’Leary e aplicação de questionário abordando o comportamento de saúde oral, com um mês de periodicidade entre cada medição. Na primeira avaliação, todos os indivíduos receberam as mesmas instruções de higiene oral, registo do Índice de Placa de O’Leary e aplicação do questionário. Na segunda avaliação, realizou-se um novo registo do índice a todos os indivíduos, mas apenas o grupo de intervenção (n=16 recebeu o reforço dessas instruções e na terceira avaliação executouse um novo registo a todos os indivíduos (n=30. Resultados: Tanto o grupo de intervenção como o controlo apresentaram uma redução do índice, mas aquele mostrou uma redução mais importante na última avaliação realizada quando comparada a este: 38,19% (n=16 vs. 69,57% (n=14, respectivamente (p<0,05. Relativamente à frequência de escovação dentária, no grupo de intervenção, 68,8% (n=11 escovavam pelo menos duas vezes por dia, enquanto no grupo de controlo apenas 57,1% (n=8 escovavam com a mesma frequência. Nesse caso, foram registadas diferenças significativas entre os dois grupos (p<0.05. Conclusão: A promoção da saúde oral por meio de instruções de higiene demonstrou ser eficaz na melhoria dos comportamentos de saúde e, consequentemente, no controlo do biofilme dentário.

  20. Bronquiectasia e fisioterapia desobstrutiva: ênfase em drenagem postural e percussão Bronchiectasis and clearence physiotherapy: emphasis in postural drainage and percussion

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    Neuseli Marino Lamari

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    Full Text Available Bronquiectasia consiste em dilatação anormal, permanente e irreversível de brônquios e bronquíolos, com infecções recorrentes, inflamações, hipersecreção e redução da limpeza mucociliar. Acomete predominantemente o sexo feminino, entre 28 e 48 anos de idade e afeta com maior freqüência os lobos inferiores bilateralmente. Manifestações clínicas da doença são a tosse crônica, febre e expectoração volumosa, purulenta, com odor fétido. Etiologia é inespecífica e representada pelo estádio final de diversos processos patológicos. Pode ser classificada em cilíndrica, varicosa e sacular, e ainda, em localizada e multissegmentar. Drenagem postural e percussão são técnicas desobstrutivas usuais na prática clínica diária, no entanto, há escassez de estudos comparativos enfatizando-as com amostras populacionais e recursos metodológicos. Tomando por base as considerações, teve-se como objetivo verificar a eficácia da drenagem postural e da percussão na higiene brônquica de pacientes bronquiectásicos, bem como seus efeitos e associação com outras técnicas apontadas pela literatura atual. Os principais achados comprovaram que a drenagem postural e a percussão são efetivas na mobilização da secreção pulmonar, uma vez que aumentam a velocidade do muco transportado, melhoram a função pulmonar e as trocas gasosas. A efetividade requer ajuda de um profissional, o que pode dificultar a prática clínica diária. Por esta razão, fisioterapeutas têm selecionado técnicas que propiciem independência ao paciente.Bronchiectasis consists of abnormal, permanent and irreversible dilation of bronchi and bronchia, with recurrent infections, inflammation, hypersecretion and reduction of mucus clearance. It predominantly affects women of between 28 and 48 years old and more frequently affects the inferior lobes. Clinical manifestations are chronic cough, fever and voluminous expectoration, with a fetid odor. The etiology

  1. Controle postural em indivíduos portadores da síndrome de Down: revisão de literatura

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    Carvalho,Regiane Luz; Almeida,Gil Lúcio

    2008-01-01

    Este trabalho consistiu numa revisão da literatura sobre controle postural em indivíduos portadores da síndrome de Down, por meio de consulta às bases de dados Medline, Lilacs e Web of Science. Dentre os artigos publicados nos últimos 16 anos, selecionaram-se 30, dos quais 7 focalizam a natureza dos défices no sistema de controle postural, como alterações neurobiológicas e biomecânicas, e 23 enfocam o controle postural no período de desenvolvimento (11 artigos) e em adolescentes e adultos (12...

  2. Avaliação postural em mulheres com dor pélvica crônica Postural evaluation in women with chronic pelvic pain

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    Renata Miranda

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: avaliar por meio da fotogrametria as alterações posturais de mulheres com dor pélvica crônica. MÉTODOS: foram avaliadas 30 mulheres com queixa de dor pélvica crônica e 37 sem essa queixa, totalizando 67 mulheres. A avaliação constituiu de anamnese, colocação de marcadores fixos em pontos anatômicos definidos e obtenção de fotografias em vista frontal, posterior, lateral esquerda e direita. A análise das fotos foi realizada com o software CorelDraw®, versão 11.0. Foram identificados valores para as variáveis de análise postural de tornozelo, joelho no plano sagital, pelve, lordose lombar, cifose torácica, escápula aduzida/abduzida, ombros, cabeça e teste do terceiro dedo ao chão. As variáveis qualitativas estudadas foram joelho (varo, valgo ou normal, presença ou não de escápula alada e de nivelamento de ombros. Para as análises estatísticas utilizamos o Statistical Package for Social Sciences, versão 16.0. Para a comparação entre as variáveis qualitativas foi utilizado o teste exato de Fisher e método de Monte-Carlo e, para a comparação de dados quantitativos foi utilizado o teste t ou o de Mann-Whitney. As comparações entre os dados contínuos corrigidos para possíveis variáveis de confusão foram feitas pela análise de covariância univariada. O nível de significância foi estabelecido como 0,05 ou 5%. RESULTADOS: foi observada diferença significante entre casos e controles para cabeça protusa (47,5 e 52,0º, respectivamente; pOBJECTIVE: to evaluate by photogrammetry, postural changes in women with chronic pelvic pain. METHODS: thirty women with complaint of chronic pelvic pain and 37 without it, in a total of 67 women, were evaluated. The evaluation was realized through anamnesis, fixed markers in defined anatomical sites, and frontal, posterior, left and right lateral photographies. Photo analysis has been done by the software CorelDraw®, version 11.0. Quantitative values for postural

  3. Análise postural da coluna vertebral: estudo comparativo entre surdos e ouvintes em idade escolar

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    Melo,Renato de Souza; Silva, Polyanna Waleska Amorim da; Macky,Carla Fabiana da Silva Toscano; Silva,Lícia Vasconcelos Carvalho da

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    INTRODUÇÃO: A postura é determinada pela atuação dos sistemas visual, somatossensorial e vestibular, situado na orelha interna. Crianças com perda auditiva sensório-neural podem apresentar problemas na regulação do controle postural, favorecendo o surgimento de desvios e alterações posturais na coluna vertebral, provocados, possivelmente, pela hipoatividade do sistema vestibular, em decorrência da lesão na orelha interna. OBJETIVOS: Identificar e comparar a distribuição de alterações posturai...

  4. Análise postural da coluna vertebral: estudo comparativo entre surdos e ouvintes em idade escolar

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    Melo,Renato de Souza; Silva,Polyanna Waleska Amorim da; Macky,Carla Fabiana da Silva Toscano; Silva, Lícia Vasconcelos Carvalho da

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    INTRODUÇÃO: A postura é determinada pela atuação dos sistemas visual, somatossensorial e vestibular, situado na orelha interna. Crianças com perda auditiva sensório-neural podem apresentar problemas na regulação do controle postural, favorecendo o surgimento de desvios e alterações posturais na coluna vertebral, provocados, possivelmente, pela hipoatividade do sistema vestibular, em decorrência da lesão na orelha interna. OBJETIVOS: Identificar e comparar a distribuição de alterações posturai...

  5. Correlação entre padrão postural em jovens praticantes do atletismo Correlation of the postural standard in young track and field practitioners

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    Fábio do Nascimento Bastos

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available O estudo objetivou observar o alinhamento corporal de jovens atletas praticantes de atletismo e analisar a associação de tais padrões dentro e entre os grupos de provas desta modalidade. Participaram 63 atletas de ambos os sexos e o protocolo de coleta para análise postural baseou-se na observação e registro fotográfico com marcações nos principais acidentes ósseos visando à verificação do alinhamento dessas estruturas. Os segmentos considerados para análise foram: tronco, pelve, joelho e tornozelo. Foi utilizado para análise dos dados o teste de Goodman para contrastes entre e dentro de proporções binomiais. Os resultados mostraram que saltadores (58,33% e arremessadores/lançadores (50,00% apresentam o tronco em posição mais equilibrada que atletas de resistência (5,56%. Na região do quadril, arremessadores/lançadores apresentaram predomínio de pelve com rotação esquerda (66,67%, enquanto nos saltadores foi observada elevada frequência de anteversão pélvica (58,33%. A observação do joelho revelou altas taxas de normalidade e recurvatum em fundistas, valgo nos arremessadores/lançadores (50,00% e varo para os demais grupos. Para a articulação do tornozelo, nota-se que, exceto os saltadores, os grupos apresentaram predominância de valgismo. Conclui-se que, para atender às características particulares de cada prova, níveis distintos de postura são estabelecidos.The aim of this study was to observe the body alignment of young athletes practicing athletics and analyze the combination of such patterns within and between groups of this modality. The sample was composed of 63 athletes of both sexes and the postural analysis protocol was based on observation and photographic record with markings on bone's accidents to verify the alignment of these structures. The segments considered in the analysis were: trunk, pelvis, knee and ankle. The Goodmann's test for contrasts between and within binomial proportions was used

  6. Riscos biomecânicos posturais em trabalhadores de uma serraria Biomechanical risks in sawmill worker postures

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    André Gustavo Soares de Oliveira

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Os trabalhadores em serrarias estão sujeitos a riscos biomecânicos advindos das posturas adotadas durante suas atividades laborais. Este trabalho visou avaliar as posturas adotadas por esses trabalhadores por meio do método de avaliação rápida do corpo inteiro (REBA, rapid entire body assessment, buscando detectar e classificar os riscos biomecânicos. Participaram 15 trabalhadores do setor de produção de uma serraria em João Pessoa, PB, do sexo masculino, com idade média de 44±10,9, avaliando-se quatro posturas: flexão anterior do tronco com levantamento de carga, agachamento profundo, flexão ântero-lateral do tronco e corpo estendido para mover uma prensa. Sintomas musculoesqueléticos foram identificados no mapa corporal de Corlett. Um questionário semi-estruturado levantou os dados demográficos, ambientais e as funções executadas. Pelo REBA, a flexão anterior de tronco apresentou nível de risco muito alto e as posturas de agachamento profundo, flexão ântero-lateral do tronco e movimento do corpo em extensão, nível de risco alto. Uma alta proporção (73,3% deles queixaram-se de dor ou desconforto na coluna e 26,8% na região dos ombros. Considerando os níveis de riscos apresentados, requerem-se intervenções ergonômicas preventivas no posto de trabalho para adoção de posturas que melhor propiciem a execução das atividades com menor risco à saúde do trabalhador.Workers in sawmills are exposed to biomechanical risks due to the postures adopted during their activities. The purpose here was to assess postures adopted by these workers by using the rapid entire body assessment (REBA, in order to detect and classify possible biomechanical risks. Fifteen male workers from the production section of a sawmill in João Pessoa, PB (mean age 44±10.9 years old were assessed as to the postures adopted at work. A semi-structured questionnaire collected demographic and environmental data as well as functions in the workplace

  7. Psychological assessment in patients with phobic postural vertigo Avaliação psicológica em pacientes com vertigem postural fóbica

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    Liliani Souza dos Santos Ferreira

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    Full Text Available Phobic postural vertigo (PPV is a frequent diagnosis which can be challenging to treat. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the presence of psychiatric disturbances in patients with PPV; to assess the psychological status of patients using adaptive diagnosis; to verify possible correlations between severity of psychiatric disturbance and adaptive efficacy. METHOD: A total of nineteen subjects were assessed and two instruments applied: the Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders Questionnaire (PRIME-MD and the Adaptive Operationalized Diagnostic Scale (AODS, and results from both tests were compared. RESULTS: Fourteen patients presented with mood disorder and thirteen with anxiety. All patients presented compromised adaptive efficacy. Correlation was found between overall outcome on the PRIME and the AODS (tau= -0.42, p=0.027, Separate analysis revealed correlation between results of the AODS and anxiety disorders (tau= -0.45, p=0.018 but not with mood disorders (tau= -0.36, p=0.054. CONCLUSION: Adaptive compromise was observed in individuals with PPV which was shown to be associated to psychiatric disorders.A vertigem postural fóbica (VPF é um diagnóstico freqüente e de tratamento difícil. OBJETIVO: Investigar a presença de distúrbios psiquiátricos em pacientes com VPF; avaliar as condições psicológicas dos pacientes através do diagnóstico adaptativo. MÉTODO: Foram avaliados 19 sujeitos e aplicados dois instrumentos de avaliação: Questionário Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders (PRIME-MD e Escala Diagnóstica Adaptativa Operacionalizada (EDAO e comparados os resultados de ambos os testes. RESULTADOS: Quatorze pacientes apresentaram transtorno de humor e treze de ansiedade. Todos os pacientes foram avaliados com adaptação ineficaz. Houve correlação entre o resultado geral do PRIME e da EDAO (tau= -0,42, p=0,027. Ao se analisar de maneira separada, foi observada correlação entre os resultados da EDAO e os transtornos de

  8. Bronquiectasia e fisioterapia desobstrutiva: ênfase em drenagem postural e percussão

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    Lamari, Neuseli Marino; Martins, Ana Leticia Quinalha; Oliveira, Janine Vieira; Marino, Laís Carvalho; Valério, Nelson

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    .... Drenagem postural e percussão são técnicas desobstrutivas usuais na prática clínica diária, no entanto, há escassez de estudos comparativos enfatizando-as com amostras populacionais e recursos...

  9. Controle postural e sistema vestíbulo-oculomotor em atletas de tiro esportivo da modalidade pistola

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    Carla Porto Lourenço

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: O tiro esportivo desenvolve nos atletas destreza, concentração e equilíbrio. A estabilidade do atirador depende da resistência deste contra perturbações internas e externas que afetem seu equilíbrio. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o controle postural e sistema vestíbulo-oculomotor de atletas atiradores de pistola. MÉTODO: Análise descritiva do tipo transversal. Avaliaram-se oito atletas com idade média de 37 anos (dp ± 8,11, afiliados à Confederação Brasileira de Tiro Esportivo. Utilizou-se prontuário sociodemográfico; estabilometria associada a simulador de tiro e sistema de videonistagmoscopia computadorizada. RESULTADOS: Observou-se em todos os voluntários, dominância motora à direita; metade deles atira com os dois olhos abertos; tempo médio de prática de 14 anos (dp ± 9 e média de treino semanal de 14 horas (dp ± 13. Metade relatou lesão associada ao tiro. Na estabilometria observou-se correlação nas velocidades anteroposterior e mediolateral.À videonistagmoscopia, nenhum atleta apresentou alteração patológica. CONCLUSÃO: O controle postural dos atletas avaliados possui alterações significativas para as velocidades de deslocamento do centro de pressão nas direções anteroposterior e mediolateral. O sistema vestíbulo-oculomotor não mostrou correlação com o controle postural e se apresentou sem alterações funcionais para todos os voluntários.

  10. Avaliação postural da coluna vertebral em crianças e adolescentes com deficiência auditiva

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    Melo,Renato de Souza; Silva,Polyanna Waleska Amorim da; Silva, Lícia Vasconcelos Carvalho da; Toscano,Carla Fabiana da Silva

    2011-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: A postura é determinada pela atuação dos sistemas, visual, somatosensorial e vestibular. As crianças com deficiência auditiva podem apresentar problemas na postura ou no controle postural, favorecendo o surgimento de desvios e alterações posturais na coluna vertebral, provocados possivelmente pela hipoatividade do sistema vestibular, em decorrência da surdez. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a postura da coluna vertebral em crianças e adolescentes com deficiência auditiva em idade escolar, consi...

  11. Desafios Diagnósticos na Síndrome da Taquicardia Postural Ortostática (POTS em uma Adolescente

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    Jalles Dantas Lucena

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Dificuldades no diagnóstico de Síndrome da Taquicardia Postural Ortostática (POTS numa adolescente de 16 anos, com hipotireoidismo a 10 anos, apresenta sudorese, palidez, calor, taquicardia, fadiga e tontura. Após seis meses, houve recidiva pós-prandial, revertida com manobra de Trendelenburg. Tilt Test demonstrou em decúbito dorsal pressão arterial (PA 106/71mmHg e frequência cardíaca (FC 72bpm. Após terceiro minuto, PA 101/70mmHg e FC 99bpm. Além hipotireoidismo, não detectou-se outros fatores de risco para disautonomia. Propranolol (10mg, 12/12h controlou sintomas. Diagnóstico de POTS é difícil em adolescentes, confundindo com Epilepsia e Síncope Neurocardiogênica. Nesse caso, hipotireoidismo parece ser fator causal da POTS.

  12. Relação entre alinhamento postural e desempenho motor em crianças com paralisia cerebral Relationship between postural alignment and motor performance in children with cerebral palsy

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    Andréa Baraldi Cunha

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar se há correlação entre alinhamento postural e desempenho motor em crianças com paralisia cerebral (PC, além de compará-las com crianças de desenvolvimento motor típico. Participaram 14 crianças com PC tipo espástico, entre 4 e 12 anos, classificadas nos níveis III, IV e V no sistema de classificação de função motora ampla (GMFCS; e 20 com idades entre 4 e 8 anos e desenvolvimento motor adequado, que constituíram o grupo controle. Foi avaliado o alinhamento de lordose cervical e cifose torácica na postura sentada por meio de fotometria; o desempenho motor foi avaliado pelo índice de função motora ampla (Gross motor function measure, GMFM apenas nas dimensões sentar (B e ficar em pé (D. O subgrupo de PC nível III obteve maiores escores no GMFM do que o dos níveis IV e V, com diferença significativa nas dimensões B (p=0,00 e D (p=0,016. Quanto ao alinhamento postural, os dois subgrupos de PC apresentaram menor angulação da lordose cervical do que o GC, com diferença significativa; também foram medidos ângulos menores da cifose torácica nos subgrupos PC, sendo que o subgrupo dos níveis IV e V apresentou diferença significativa tanto em relação ao outro subgrupo PC quanto ao controle. Foi encontrada correlação positiva (r=0,748 entre o desempenho motor e o alinhamento postural nos subgrupos de PC, mostrando que, quanto melhor o alinhamento postural, melhor o desempenho motor dessas crianças.The purpose was to search for a correlation between postural alignment and motor performance of children with cerebral palsy (CP, and to compare them to typical development children. Twenty of these, aged 4 to 8 years old, formed the control group (CG; and 14 children with CP, aged 4 to 12 years old, were divided into two subgroups (level III, and levels IV and V according to their classification by the Gross Motor Function Classification System. Cervical lordosis and thoracic kyphosis

  13. Equilíbrio, controle postural e força muscular em idosas osteoporóticas com e sem quedas Balance, postural control and muscle strength in osteoporotic elderly women with and without falls

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    Sarah Rubia Ferreira de Meneses

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Um dos maiores problemas de saúde pública na população idosa são as quedas, agravando-se quando relacionadas à presença de osteoporose. Dentre os vários fatores de risco, destacam-se a diminuição do equilíbrio, controle postural e força muscular. O objetivo deste trabalho foi comparar o equilíbrio, o controle postural e a força muscular em idosas osteoporóticas com e sem quedas referidas no último ano. Foram avaliadas 45 mulheres entre 65 e 85 anos, divididas em dois grupos com base no relato de quedas nos 12 meses anteriores à avaliação: grupo com quedas (GCQ; n=21 e grupo sem quedas (GSQ; n=24. O equilíbrio foi avaliado por meio da escala de equilíbrio de Berg; o controle postural pelo teste clínico modificado de interação sensorial no equilíbrio (mCTSIB, realizado no equipamento Balance Master®; e a força muscular dos flexores e extensores de joelho e dorsiflexores de tornozelo, com dinamômetro EMG System do Brasil®. Foi considerado nível de significância α=0,05. Houve diferença significativa no equilíbrio (p0,05. Nossos resultados indicam que idosas osteoporóticas com histórico de quedas nos últimos 12 meses possuem pior equilíbrio e controle postural em relação às osteoporóticas sem quedas referidas.Falls are one of the biggest public health problems in the elderly population, worsening when related to the presence of osteoporosis. Among the various risk factors are highlighted decreased balance, muscle strength and postural control. This study aim is to compare the balance, postural control and muscle strength in osteoporotic elderly women with and without falls reported in the last year. We evaluated 45 women between 65 and 85 years, divided into two groups, based on reports of falls in the 12 months prior to assessment: group with falls (n=21 and group without falls (n=24. Balance was assessed using the Berg balance scale; postural control by the modified clinical test of sensory interaction on

  14. Efeitos da facilitação neuromuscular proprioceptiva na estabilidade postural e risco de quedas em pacientes com sequela de acidente vascular encefálico: estudo piloto Efectos de la facilitación neuromuscular propioceptiva en la estabilidad postural y riesgo de caídas en pacientes con secuela de accidente vascular encefálico: estudio piloto Effects of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation in postural stability and risk of falls in patients with sequelae of stroke: pilot study

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    Natália Noman de Lacerda; Érika Baptista Gomes; Hudson Azevedo Pinheiro

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    O controle do tronco é uma habilidade motora básica necessária para executar diversas tarefas funcionais, e é deficiente em pacientes que sofreram acidente vascular encefálico (AVE). Objetivo: Avaliar o efeito do método facilitação neuromuscular proprioceptiva (PNF) na estabilidade postural e risco de quedas em pacientes com sequela de AVE. Metodologia: Foi realizado estudo de intervenção que consistiu em treinamento da estabilidade postural por meio de um protocolo fixo constituído por 5 exe...

  15. Efeitos da facilitação neuromuscular proprioceptiva na estabilidade postural e risco de quedas em pacientes com sequela de acidente vascular encefálico: estudo piloto Efectos de la facilitación neuromuscular propioceptiva en la estabilidad postural y riesgo de caídas en pacientes con secuela de accidente vascular encefálico: estudio piloto Effects of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation in postural stability and risk of falls in patients with sequelae of stroke: pilot study

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    Natália Noman de Lacerda; Érika Baptista Gomes; Hudson Azevedo Pinheiro

    2013-01-01

    O controle do tronco é uma habilidade motora básica necessária para executar diversas tarefas funcionais, e é deficiente em pacientes que sofreram acidente vascular encefálico (AVE). Objetivo: Avaliar o efeito do método facilitação neuromuscular proprioceptiva (PNF) na estabilidade postural e risco de quedas em pacientes com sequela de AVE. Metodologia: Foi realizado estudo de intervenção que consistiu em treinamento da estabilidade postural por meio de um protocolo fixo constituído por 5 exe...

  16. Developmental study of early posture control in preterm and fullterm infants Estudo do desenvolvimento do controle postural precoce em crianças pré-termo e a termo

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    Eliane Mewes Gaetan

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available In a prospective study, 10 infants born between 32 to 36 weeks of gestation and 10 infants born at fullterm were observed on day 15, and in months 1, 2 and 3. The investigation showed that the development of early postural control takes place in a sequential way in preterm infants, similar to that of in fullterm infants. However, some movement components for the acquisition of motor abilities showed a different trend in the development of preterm infants when compared to fullterm infants: the onset for the acquisition of the extensor and flexor patterns was slower and the distribution of the load bearing was less mature.Em um estudo prospectivo 10 crianças nascidas com idade entre 32 e 36 semanas de gestação (corrigida a idade gestacional e 10 crianças a termo foram observadas no 15º dia, 1, 2 e 3 meses de vida. Foi constatado que o desenvolvimento do controle postural precoce evolui de forma seqüencial em crianças pré-termo, semelhante ao das a termo. Entretanto, alguns componentes de movimentos, para aquisição das habilidades motoras, mostraram tendência diferenciada no desenvolvimento de crianças pré-termo, quando comparadas com as a termo: o início da aquisição do padrão extensor e flexor aconteceu de maneira mais lenta e a descarga de peso foi menos madura.

  17. Craniocervical posture analysis in patients with temporomandibular disorder Análise da postura cranio-cervical em pacientes com disfunção temporomandibular

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    DH Iunes

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To compare head positioning and cervical spine alignment between individuals with and without temporomandibular disorders (TMDs, by means of positional evaluation using photographs, radiographs and visual observation, and to investigate whether the type of TMD influences head posture and cervical spine positioning. METHODS: Ninety randomly chosen women were diagnosed using the research diagnostic criteria for TMDs (RDC/TMD by a trained examiner and were divided into three groups: Group 1, with a diagnosis of myofascial dysfunction (group I of RDC axis I; Group 2, with mixed TMD (groups I, II and III of RDC axis I; and Control, without TMD. Following this, the participants were photographed in frontal and lateral views by a single examiner. To produce these photos, the following anatomical points were marked out on the skin: occipital protuberance, C4, C7, acromioclavicular joint and sternoclavicular joint. From these points, different angles were analyzed by means of the ALCimagem-2000 application. These same photos were then evaluated qualitatively (visual evaluation. Next, lateral teleradiography and radiography of the cervical spine was requested. The examiner was blind when analyzing the images. To compare the results, the chi-squared test and analysis of variance were used, with significance levels of 5%. RESULTS: Regardless of the method used, the results revealed that head and cervical spine posture did not differ between the groups with and without TMD, independent of the diagnostic group. CONCLUSION: The posture of individuals with myogenic or arthrogenous TMD does not differ from the posture of individuals without TMD. The presence of TMD does not influence the head and cervical spine posture.OBJETIVO: Comparar o posicionamento da cabeça e o alinhamento da coluna cervical em indivíduos com e sem DTM, por meio da avaliação postural por fotografias, radiografias e por observação visual e verificar se o tipo de DTM

  18. Bronquiectasia e fisioterapia desobstrutiva: ênfase em drenagem postural e percussão

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    Lamari,Neuseli Marino; Martins,Ana Leticia Quinalha; Oliveira,Janine Vieira; Marino,Laís Carvalho; Valério,Nelson

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    Bronquiectasia consiste em dilatação anormal, permanente e irreversível de brônquios e bronquíolos, com infecções recorrentes, inflamações, hipersecreção e redução da limpeza mucociliar. Acomete predominantemente o sexo feminino, entre 28 e 48 anos de idade e afeta com maior freqüência os lobos inferiores bilateralmente. Manifestações clínicas da doença são a tosse crônica, febre e expectoração volumosa, purulenta, com odor fétido. Etiologia é inespecífica e representada pelo estádio final de...

  19. Postura crânio-cervical em mulheres disfônicas Craniocervical posture in dysphonic women

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    Delaine Rodrigues Bigaton

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a postura e a função da região crânio-cervical em sujeitos disfônicos. MÉTODOS: Participaram do estudo 28 mulheres (31,25±8,14 anos, divididas em dois grupos: experimental (N=16 portadoras de disfonia e controle (N=12 clinicamente normais. As voluntárias foram submetidas à avaliação do Índice de Disfunção Crânio-Cervical (IDCC e fotogrametria, sendo determinado o ângulo anterior formado entre a sétima vértebra cervical e o tragus, o qual corresponde à posição da cabeça no plano sagital. A análise das fotos foi realizada por três examinadores, duas vezes cada um, com intervalo de uma semana entre elas. A análise dos dados constou do teste de Shapiro-Wilk, seguido do teste t de Student, (pPurpose: To analyze the posture and the function of the craniocervical region in women with dysphonia. METHODS: Twenty eight women participated in the study (31.25±8.14 years, divided into two groups: experimental (N=16, patients with dyphonia and control (N=12, clinically normal. The volunteers were submitted to evaluation of the Craniocervical Dysfunction Index (CDI and photogrammetry, determining the anterior angle formed between the seventh cervical vertebra and the tragus, which corresponds to the head position in the sagittal plane. The analysis of the photos was carried out by three examiners, twice each, with an interval of one week between them. Data analysis used the Shapiro-Wilk test, followed by the Student's t-test, (p<0,05. RESULTS: No difference was found between the mean values of the anterior angle of the control (50.92±5.18 degrees and the experimental (49.63±5.46 degrees groups in the photogrammetry (p=0.2565. The CDI showed that the experimental group had craniocervical dysfunction, which was mild in 37.5% of the cases, moderate, in 37.5%, and severe in 25%. In the control group, 100% of the volunteers had presented mild craniocervical dysfunction. CONCLUSION: There was no difference between the

  20. Controlo de Infestantes em pós-emergência em trigo de sementeira directa

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    Barros, José

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    Sendo a produção vegetal fundamental para a sobrevivência humana, há que minimizar os prejuízos elevados a que é frequentemente sujeita, causados por doenças, pragas e infestantes. Não obstante os diversos meios de luta disponíveis, o agricultor vê-se na maioria das vezes, forçado a realizar tratamentos fitossanitários de modo a reduzir esses prejuízos. As infestantes são na actualidade, um dos principais, senão o principal inimigo das plantas cultivadas, principalmente as infestantes anu...

  1. Força muscular respiratória e perfil postural e nutricional em crianças com doenças neuromusculares

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    Pontes,Jaqueline Fernandes; Ferreira,Gardenia Maria Holanda; Fregonezi,Guilherme; Sena-Evangelista,Karine Cavalcanti Maurício; Dourado Junior,Mario Emilio

    2012-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: As doenças neuromusculares infantis são crônicas, degenerativas e determinam alterações funcionais, musculares e nutricionais. OBJETIVOS: Avaliar sistematicamente a força muscular respiratória e o perfil postural e nutricional de crianças com doenças neuromusculares em seguimento multidisciplinar institucional. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram estudados pacientes com diferentes doenças neuromusculares por meio da verificação da força muscular respiratória, da avaliação nutricional de ma...

  2. Consequências cardiovasculares do mau controlo da diabetes mellitus

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    Fernandes, Filipe

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    Diabetes - Doença silenciosa, progressão lenta, inicialmente assintomática, reduz a esperança de vida em 5-10 anos. Maior causa de amputações não traumáticas, insuficiência renal, cegueira idade < 65 anos, doenças cardiovasculares (enfarte agudo do miocárdio, acidente vascular cerebral, doença arterial periférica).

  3. Ajustes posturais antecipatórios e compensatórios ao pegar uma bola em condição de estabilidade e instabilidade postural Anticipatory and compensatory postural adjustments during catching a ball in condition of postural instability and stability

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    Vanessa Scariot

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Indivíduos jovens pré-selecionam suas estratégias de ajuste postural antes que uma perturbação externa ocorra, com base nas características da tarefa. Entretanto, ainda não é bem conhecido de que maneira o sistema nervoso central lida com os ajustes posturais antecipatórios e compensatórios, mediante alguns treinos de equilíbrio que são comumente usados na prática clínica da Fisioterapia. Treze adultos jovens receberam 20 perturbações posturais externas de pegar uma bola arremessada pelo experimentador sobre condições de estabilidade e instabilidade postural (sobre uma espuma. As atividades eletromiográficas dos músculos tríceps braquial (músculo focal, retoabdominal e paravertebral lombar foram avaliadas nas janelas de tempo típicas dos ajustes posturais antecipatórios e compensatórios, assim como o pico do deslocamento do centro de pressão corporal após a perturbação. A magnitude das integrais da atividade eletromiográfica do músculo tríceps braquial foi significativamente menor em condição de instabilidade postural, não houve diferença estatística entre as condições para as integrais da atividade eletromiográfica dos músculos retoabdominal e paravertebral lombar. O pico do deslocamento anteroposterior do centro de pressão corporal foi similar entre as duas condições. Treino de equilíbrio associado à perturbação externa da postura sobre espuma pode não ser mais eficaz ou eficiente do que sobre uma superfície estável, quando se pretende alterar a atividade dos músculos posturais do tronco. Além disso, este tipo de intervenção pode corroborar para diminuir a ativação antecipatória (ajustes posturais antecipatórios do músculo focal.Young individuals preselect their postural adjustment strategies before an external perturbation, based on the characteristics of the task. However, it is not well documented how the central nervous system deals with anticipatory and compensatory postural

  4. Uso da aromaterapia no controlo de stresse e ansiedade

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    Dias, Paula; Sousa, Maria João; Pereira, Olívia R.

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    As terapias alternativas e/ou complementares surgem como terapias importantes na prevenção e tratamento de diversos problemas de saúde, de entre o quais o stresse e ansiedade, problemas cada vez mais frequentes na sociedade atual. O presente estudo acerca da utilização de produtos naturais em aromaterapia pretendeu avaliar a eficácia da aromaterapia na diminuição dos níveis de stresse e ansiedade, através da técnica de massagem Effleurage na população de utentes que recorreram à aromaterap...

  5. Lesões e desvios posturais na prática de futebol em jogadores jovens Injuries and postural deviations in young players' soccer practice

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    Julio Francisco Kleinpaul

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar a incidência de lesões, os principais desvios posturais e a possível associação entre lesões e desvios posturais em jogadores de futebol. Foram avaliados 21 voluntários do sexo masculino tendo entre 17 e 19 anos, jogadores de futebol de uma equipe profissional, que foram divididos em dois grupos: G1 formado por 15 jogadores que sofreram lesões relacionadas à prática de futebol; e G2 composto por 6 atletas que não tiveram lesões. Foram coletados dados sobre características antropométricas, posição de jogo, tempo de prática de futebol, freqüência de prática e histórico de lesões relacionadas à prática de futebol. O alinhamento postural foi verificado utilizando um protocolo específico para detectar alterações. Os resultados mostram alterações no alinhamento corporal em ambos os grupos. Os maiores desvios posturais encontrados foram assimetria das escápulas, no alinhamento horizontal da cabeça e no da pelve, em ambos os grupos. Considerando as lesões no G1, a mais comum foi no tornozelo (35% e a segunda mais freqüente, no joelho (23%. Embora não tenha sido encontrada associação entre desvios posturais e ocorrência de lesões, a incidência de ambos é importante, sugerindo a necessidade de intervenções de prevenção na formação de jogadores de futebol.The purpose of this study was to assess the incidence of injuries, deviations in postural alignment, and possible associations between injuries and postural deviations in soccer players. Twenty-one male professional soccer players, aged 17 to 19 years old, were assessed as to anthropometric features, playing position, length and frequency of soccer practice, and history of injuries linked to soccer practicing. Athletes were divided into two groups: G1 made up by 15 players who had suffered soccer-related injuries; and G2 composed by 6 players with no such injuries. Postural alignment was assessed using a specific protocol

  6. Controlo de vibrações de estruturas utilizando algoritmos genéticos para a localização óptima de sensores/actuadores piezoeléctricos

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    S. da Mota Silva; J. Dias Rodrigues; Ribeiro, R.; Vaz, M.

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    A localização óptima e o número de sensores e actuadores piezoeléctricos são aspectos fundamentais no controlo de vibrações de estruturas. Em geral, os elementos piezoeléctricos devem ser colocados onde a sua acção sobre os modos a amortecer é máxima. Neste artigo foi desenvolvida uma metodologia geral, baseada em Algoritmos Genéticos e em Elementos Finitos, para a determinação da localização de sensores e actuadores piezoeléctricos de modo a maximizar o amortecimento de um único modo ou de u...

  7. Análise da pressão plantar e do equilíbrio postural em diferentes fases da gestação Analysis of plantar pressure and postural balance during different phases of pregnancy

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    SI Ribas

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Analisar a pressão plantar e o equilíbrio postural nos três trimestres de gravidez, bem como a correlação com as características antropométricas. METODOLOGIA: 60 voluntárias com idade média de 23,3 ± 5,5 anos, sendo 15 mulheres em cada grupo: não-gestantes (C, primeiro (1T, segundo (2T e terceiro trimestre (3T. A avaliação foi efetuada por meio de plataforma de pressão na posição bipodal com os olhos abertos. As variáveis analisadas nos pés direito e esquerdo foram: pico de pressão em todo o pé (PT, no antepé (PA e no retropé (PR; distância entre a borda medial dos pés (largura da base de suporte; distância do centro de força ao limite anterior (CFF e posterior (CFC dos pés; deslocamento ântero-posterior (AP e médio--lateral (ML do centro de força; e área de contato (AC. RESULTADOS: Não houve diferença no pico de pressão de contato e na distância CFF e CFC entre os grupos. O deslocamento AP foi maior (p 0,05 entre os grupos para o deslocamento ML. Houve correlação positiva entre peso ganho durante a gestação com AC para o grupo 2T e com PT no pé direito do grupo 1T. CONCLUSÃO: Os resultados demonstram a influência das mudanças anatômicas e fisiológicas inerentes à gestação na pressão plantar, além de sugerir uma redução do equilíbrio postural no 3T, relacionada ao maior deslocamento AP nessa fase.OBJECTIVE: To analyze plantar pressure and postural balance during the three trimesters of pregnancy, and also to correlate these with anthropometric characteristics. METHOD: Sixty volunteers participated in this study, with a mean age of 23.3 ± 5.5 years. There were 15 subjects in each group: non-pregnant (C, first trimester (1T, second trimester (2T and third trimester (3T. Evaluations were performed in bipedal stance with open eyes, using a pressure platform. The following variables were analyzed in the right and left feet: peak pressures in the whole foot (WFP, forefoot (FFP and

  8. Intervenções não farmacológicas no controlo da dor em cuidados intensivos neonatais Intervenciones no farmacológicas en el control del dolor en cuidados intensivos neonatales Non-pharmacological interventions in pain management in neonatal intensive care

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    Luís Manuel Cunha Batalha

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    Full Text Available Introdução: Apesar de se reconhecer que a maior parte da dor experimentada pelo recém-nascido (RN pode ser prevenida ou substancialmente aliviada, inúmeros estudos continuam a revelar um tratamento insuficiente. Objectivos: Determinar a prevalência e gravidade da dor sentida pelo RN submetido a cuidados intensivos e a efectividade das medidas terapêuticas não farmacológicas. Metodologia: Numa UCIN de um Hospital Universitário estudaram-se 170 RN, ao longo de um ano, de que resultaram 844 observações. Os dados foram colhidos através da observação do RN, entrevista a pais e enfermeiros prestadores de cuidados e análise retrospectiva seriada dos registos intermitentes efectuados no processo clínico. A Intensidade da dor foi medida através da escala Echelle Douleur et d’Inconfort du Nouveau-Né (EDIN. Resultados: Em oito horas de observação, as 844 observações realizadas mostraram uma alta prevalência de dor (94,8%, com predomínio para a dor ligeira (72,7%. As intervenções não farmacológicas foram utilizadas em 88,7% das observações, com evidência para os posicionamentos, massagens e técnicas de conforto. Conclusões: Os enfermeiros usam com frequência e eficácia as medidas não farmacológicas de conforto, massagem e posicionamentos, mas outras técnicas deveriam ser incrementadas como o uso de sacarose, glicose ou aleitamento materno.Introducción: A pesar de reconocerse que la mayor parte del dolor experimentado por el recién nacido (RN puede ser prevenido o sustancialmente aliviado, innúmeros estudios revelan todavía un tratamiento insuficiente. Objetivos: Determinar la prevalencia y gravedad del dolor sentido por el RN sometido a cuidados intensivos y la afectividad de las medidas terapéuticas no farmacológicas. Metodología: En una UCIN de un Hospital Universitario, se estudiaron 170 RN a lo largo de un año, de donde resultaron 844 observaciones. Los datos fueron recopilados a través de la observaci

  9. Estratégias para ensino de hábitos posturais em crianças: história em quadrinhos versus experiência prática Strategies for teaching postural habits to children: comic strips vs. practical experience

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    Marilia Christina Tenorio Rebolho

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Este estudo experimental verificou os efeitos de um programa de educação postural comparando duas estratégias de ensino, a utilização de uma história em quadrinhos (HQ e a experiência prática de posturas corretas e incorretas (EP. O programa de educação postural foi aplicado em três encontros com escolares das 2ª e 3ª séries, com idades entre 7 e 11 anos; 40 meninas e 40 meninos foram divididos igualmente em dois grupos, cada um submetido a uma estratégia de ensino: GHQ e GEP. O conhecimento dos hábitos posturais foi verificado por meio de questionários aplicados antes e após 6 meses do término das sessões. Foram ensinadas as posturas corretas em pé, sentado, de transportar mochilas, de abaixar, de mudar objetos de lugar e jeito de dormir. Os resultados do estudo indicaram que, para todas as variáveis estudadas houve aumento significativo no aprendizado e memorização dos hábitos posturais corretos em ambos os grupos, e que não houve diferença significativa entre as duas estratégias educativas. Não foram detectadas diferenças no aprendizado e memorização dos hábitos posturais corretos em crianças de ambos os sexos submetidas às duas metodologias de ensino.This experimental study assessed the effects of a posture education program comparing two teaching strategies: by means of a comic strip (CS and through practical experience (PE, in which children experienced each correct and incorrect posture. The posture education program was applied to 2nd- and 3rd-grade students aged 7-to-11 in three teaching meetings. The sample consisted of 40 boys and 40 girls evenly distributed into two groups, each taught by one teaching strategy: CS group and PE group. Questionnaires were applied before program onset and six months after the end of the program, in order to assess participants' postural habits. Correct postures taught were standing, sitting, knapsack carrying, bending down, moving objects, and sleeping posture. Results

  10. A influência postural do salto alto em mulheres adultas: análise por biofotogrametria computadorizada Postural influence of high heels among adult women: analysis by computerized photogrammetry

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    DH Iunes

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Em nossa sociedade, temos observado uma oferta cada vez maior de modelos, cores, estilos, altura e diversos tipos de salto. OBJETIVO: Avaliar se o uso de calçados de salto alto influencia nas alterações posturais com base em um conjunto de variáveis mensuradas por meio da fotogrametria computadorizada. MÉTODOS: Vinte indivíduos que utilizam salto alto com freqüência (grupo 1 e 20 indivíduos que utilizam salto alto esporadicamente (grupo 2 foram fotografados no plano frontal anterior e sagital em três momentos: a sem utilização de calçado, b utilizando salto agulha e c utilizando salto plataforma, sendo estas fotografias aleatorizadas e analisadas por um experimentador cego por meio da fotogrametria. A análise estatística foi realizada a partir da análise de variância em esquema fatorial 2x3, ou seja, comparando-se a freqüência do uso de salto com o tipo de calçado, com 5% de significância. RESULTADOS: Apenas o ângulo protrusão da cabeça apresentou diferença quando comparados grupo 1 e 2 (pINTRODUCTION: In our society, it is observed an increasing number of models, colors, styles, heights and types of high heels. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether the use of high heel shoes results in postural changes, based on a set of variables measured through computerized photogrammetry. METHODS: Twenty individuals who often used high heels (group 1 and 20 individuals who only used high heels sporadically (group 2 were photographed in the frontal and sagittal planes at three conditions: a without using footwear; b using stiletto heels; and c using high platform heels. These photographs were randomized and analyzed by a blinded examiner, by means of photogrammetry. Statistical analysis was performed, using a 2x3 factorial analysis of variance to compare the frequency of high heel use with the type of shoe, at the 5% significance level. RESULTS: Only the head protrusion angle showed a difference between groups 1 and 2 (p<0

  11. Automatização de Tarefas em VBA: Projeto no Santander Totta

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    Santos, Joana Filipa de Nóbrega

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    Projeto apresentado para cumprimento dos requisitos necessários à obtenção do grau de Mestre em Sistemas de Informação Organizacionais Este projeto foi desenvolvido no Santander Totta, mais propriamente na Divisão de Controlo de Custos (DCC) que faz parte da Direção de Controlo de Gestão (DCG) com o intuito de automatizar tarefas repetitivas. O projeto permitiu à mestranda elaborar um relatório com o objetivo de concluir o Mestrado em Sistemas de Informação Organizacionais (MSIO), possi...

  12. Reabilitação vestibular da vertigem postural paroxística benigna de canal posterior em idosos

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    Ana Paula do Rego André

    2003-01-01

    A Reabilitação Vestibular (RV) é um programa de tratamento realizado por exercícios, associado a um conjunto de medidas relacionadas à mudança de hábitos e esclarecimentos sobre os sintomas associados à alteração do equilíbrio. É um método de terapia fisiológico, inócuo e coerente, que pretende trabalhar o paciente vertiginoso aliviando os sintomas e aumentando seu limiar de sensibilidade para a vertigem. A Vertigem Postural Paroxística Benigna (VPPB) é a mais comum das vestibulopatias perifé...

  13. Confiabilidade da fotogrametria em relação a goniometria para avaliação postural de membros inferiores Reliability of photogrammetry in relation to goniometry for postural lower limb assessment

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    Full Text Available CONTEXTUALIZAÇÃO: A avaliação postural bem como a mensuração da amplitude articular são instrumentos fundamentais para o diagnóstico, planejamento e acompanhamento da evolução e dos resultados de um tratamento fisioterapêutico. Elas podem ser realizadas tanto pela goniometria - método mais utilizado na clínica fisioterapêutica - como, com o avanço tecnológico, pela fotogrametria. OBJETIVOS: Verificar a confiabilidade paralela da fotogrametria computadorizada, utilizando dois softwares, o Corel Draw e o SAPo, em relação à goniometria para quatro ângulos nos membros inferiores. CASUÍSTICA E MÉTODOS:Foram estudados 26 voluntários de ambos os sexos, assintomáticos, com idade entre 18 e 45 anos, sem anisomelia de membros inferiores maior que 1 cm. Foram mensurados os ângulos tíbio-társico (TT, de flexo/extensão do joelho (flex/ext, ângulo Q (Q e ângulo do retropé, inicialmente, com um goniômetro manual e, posteriormente, pela fotogrametria digital por meio dos softwares Corel Draw v. 12 e SAPo v.0.63. RESULTADOS: Os ângulos TT (p= 0,9991, do retropé (p= 0,2159 e de flexo/extensão do joelho (p= 0,4027 não foram estatisticamente diferentes entre os 3 métodos de avaliação. Já o ângulo Q foi significativamente diferente entre a goniometria e os dois softwares usados na fotogrametria (p= 0,0067, embora os valores obtidos pelos mesmos não tenham diferido entre si (p= 0,9920, demonstrando que os resultados da fotogrametria não foram influenciados pelos softwares utilizados. CONCLUSÃO: Para os ângulos avaliados em sujeitos jovens assintomáticos, a fotogrametria computadorizada é confiável paralelamente à goniometria, exceto para o ângulo Q. Portanto, na clínica fisioterapêutica, deve-se ter cautela no uso de medidas de ângulo Q provenientes de diferentes métodos de avaliação postural.BACKGROUND: Postural assessment and joint range-of-motion measurements are fundamental in diagnosing, planning and

  14. Treino de força, na insulino-resistência e no controlo glicémico na diabetes mellitus tipo 2 : uma revisão sistemática

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    Silva, João Duarte Magalhães Costa e

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    Introdução: As fortes evidências dos benefícios da actividade física e da prática regular de exercício tem levado várias organizações internacionais a recomendarem a actividade física de uma forma geral e o exercício em particular, como uma estratégia de intervenção não farmacológica e de modificação do estilo de vida. Mais recentemente, o treino de força tem sido alvo de estudo e foi sugerido na melhora do controlo glicémico e na insulino-resistência. Objectivo: Este estudo revê de forma ...

  15. Efetividade de um programa de intervenção com exercícios físicos em cama elástica no controle postural de crianças com Síndrome de Down Effectiveness of an intervention program with trampoline exercises in postural control of children with Down Syndrome

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    Bruna Felix Apoloni

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    Full Text Available O estudo experimental objetivou avaliar a efetividade de um programa de intervenção com exercícios físicos em cama elástica no controle postural de crianças com Síndrome de Down. A amostra foi composta por 12 crianças, de ambos os sexos, com idade entre três e 10 anos. A intervenção consistiu em atividades de pular, andar, brincar e correr na cama elástica três vezes por semana, cada sessão de 10 minutos por um período de 12 semanas. Foi utilizada uma plataforma de força modelo EMG System do Brasil para avaliação do controle postural. Utilizou-se análise descritiva e o teste comparativo "t" de Student. Os resultados demonstraram diminuição significativa nas variáveis: área do centro de pressão, velocidade média anteroposterior (AP e médio lateral e frequência anteroposterior, o que resultou em melhoras no controle postural do grupo de crianças com Síndrome de Down participantes da intervenção.The experimental study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of an intervention program with exercises on the trampoline in postural control of children with Down syndrome. Twelve children of both sexes, aged between three and ten years have participated of the study. The intervention involved jumping activities, walking, run and play on the trampoline, three times a week, ten minutes of sessions and was held for twelve weeks. For evaluating the postural control it was used a force platform, model EMG System of Brazil. Descriptive analysis and comparative Student's t-test was performed. Results showed a significant decrease in variables such as area of central pressure, anteroposterior average speed (AP and mediolateral and anteroposterior frequency, which resulted in improvements in the postural control of children with Down syndrome that participated of this intervention.

  16. Controlo da salinidade do solo com recurso à sementeira directa Control of the soil salinity by using direct drilling

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    Full Text Available A introdução do regadio utilizando água com teores moderados de sais, em zonas de clima semi-árido e em solos com má drenagem interna, conduz, a prazo, ao inevitável aumento da salinidade do solo e, provavelmente, ao risco de alcalização do mesmo. A maior parte das áreas de regadio, a beneficiar com as águas provenientes do Alqueva, enquadram-se nesta circunstância. No presente estudo, pretende-se averiguar se, o aumento da infiltrabilidade do solo e a redução da evaporação directa, conseguida com uma elevada quantidade de resíduos à superfície do solo provenientes de uma cultura de cobertura seguida de s ementeira directa, possibilitam uma menor acumulação dos sais durante o Verão e uma maior lavagem, dos mesmos, durante o Inverno. Para testar a sementeira directa com cultura de cobertura, como tecnologia para o controlo da salinidade, a longo prazo, em clima semi-árido e solos mal drenados, instalou-se um ensaio no Alto Alentejo no perímetro de rega do Caia, em Luvissolos Cálcicos (classificação FAO. O ensaio decorreu debaixo de uma rampa rotativa e tem como tratamentos principais dois sistemas de preparação do solo: sementeira directa sobre cultura de cobertura (SD; sistema convencional (SC, subdividido em dois níveis de salinidade da água (0,7 dS m-1 e 2 dS m-1 e em dois regimes hídricos (100% e 70% da ETc do SC. O regime hídrico mais baixo foi obtido por redução do diâmetro dos bicos dos aspersores numa coroa circular da rampa rotativa e as diferentes qualidades da água foram obtidas por aplicação de cloreto de sódio e de sulfato de magnésio à superfície do solo como se se tratasse de um fertilizante de cobertura, sólido. Ao fim do segundo ano de ensaio, os valores de salinidade da solução do solo (1:2 em peso nos primeiros 0,20 m são inferiores na sementeira directa (0,63 dS m-1 para a SD e 0,75 dS m-1 para o SC e as diferenças são mais acentuadas no regime hídrico mais elevado. Os valores

  17. Marcadores de Estresse Mecânico-Postural em Populações Sambaquieiras do Estado do Rio de Janeiro

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    Rodrigues-Carvalho,Claudia; Souza,Sheila Mendonça de

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    Este trabalho foi desenvolvido com o intuito de observar o impacto de hábitos mecânico-posturais em remanescentes esqueléticos de quatro populações sambaquieiras do estado do Rio de Janeiro. Três tipos de marcadores foram analisados: hipertrofias, facetas acessórias e impressões ósseas. Os dados obtidos indicaram pressões cotidianas similares, porém com variabilidade nas demandas mecânico-posturais intra e interséries.

  18. A postura corporal e as funções estomatognáticas em crianças respiradoras orais: uma revisão de literatura Body posture and the stomatognathic functions in mouth breathing children: a literature review

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    Patricia Girarde Machado

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    Full Text Available A postura corporal das crianças é objeto de crescente estudo na fisioterapia, assim como as crianças respiradoras orais o são na fonoaudiologia. Este estudo tem por objetivo verificar, na literatura científica, as funções estomatognáticas, a postura corporal e suas relações, em crianças respiradoras orais. Trata-se de uma revisão da literatura sobre a postura corporal, e o sistema estomatognático e suas relações em respiradores orais obstrutivos e funcionais. Buscou-se nas bases de dados eletrônicos MEDLINE, SCIELO e LILACS, e Googlecientífico, artigos que relacionassem esses temas nos últimos 10 anos. Os artigos selecionados foram organizados de acordo com os autores, o título, a origem, a faixa etária e o ano de publicação. Após a seleção dos textos, foram identificados apenas quatro trabalhos que relacionam postura, sistema estomatognático e respiração oral; dois que relacionam sistema estomatognático e postura; e a maioria, treze que estudam sistema estomatognático e respiração oral; dentre outros. Notou-se que há uma escassez de informações sobre a relação da postura corporal com o sistema estomatognático em respiradores orais. A escassez é ainda maior quando se compara o grupo de respiradores orais obstrutivos e respiradores orais funcionais relacionando a postura corporal com o sistema estomatognático.Children's body posture has been studied more and more by physical therapy, as well as mouth breather children have been studied by speech-language-hearing therapy. This study tries to check, through scientific literature, the relationship between stomatognathic functions and body posture in mouth breather children. This is a review of literature on body posture and the stomatognathic system in obstructive and functional mouth breathers. We searched, in electronic data basis such as MEDLINE, SCIELO and LILACS, and Google Scientific, articles related to these topics, published in the last 10. The

  19. Controle postural e uso de informação visual em crianças praticantes e não praticantes de ginástica artística

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    André Rocha Viana

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    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi investigar o desempenho e a contribuição da informação visual no controle postural de crianças praticantes e não praticantes de ginástica artística (GA. Quarenta e três meninas, 23 praticantes de GA e 20 não praticantes de GA, idade 5 a 7 e 9 a 11 anos, permaneceram em pé sobre uma plataforma de força em três bases de apoio: bipodal, semi-tandem stance e base reduzida, com olhos abertos e com olhos fechados. A área de deslocamento do centro de pressão e o índice de contribuição visual foram calculados. Os resultados indicaram que a prática de GA melhora o controle postural de crianças nos anos iniciais de desenvolvimento. Ainda, crianças praticantes de GA utilizam melhor informação visual que crianças não praticantes de GA para manter a postura ereta mais estável.

  20. Confiabilidade da fotogrametria em relação a goniometria para avaliação postural de membros inferiores Reliability of photogrammetry in relation to goniometry for postural lower limb assessment

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    ICN Sacco; Alibert,S; BWC Queiroz; D Pripas; I Kieling; AA Kimura; AE Sellmer; RA Malvestio; MT Sera

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    CONTEXTUALIZAÇÃO: A avaliação postural bem como a mensuração da amplitude articular são instrumentos fundamentais para o diagnóstico, planejamento e acompanhamento da evolução e dos resultados de um tratamento fisioterapêutico. Elas podem ser realizadas tanto pela goniometria - método mais utilizado na clínica fisioterapêutica - como, com o avanço tecnológico, pela fotogrametria. OBJETIVOS: Verificar a confiabilidade paralela da fotogrametria computadorizada, utilizando dois softwares, o Core...

  1. Consumo de Benzodiazepinas em Portugal

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    Guedes, José Manuel Fraga Santos

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    Monografia apresentada à Universidade Fernando Pessoa como parte dos requisitos para obtenção do grau de Licenciado em Ciências Farmacêuticas Portugal apresenta dos maiores níveis de utilização de benzodiazepinas ao nível europeu. Este facto veio realçado no relatório da Organização Internacional de Controlo de Estupefacientes e confirmado por indicadores do Instituto Nacional da Farmácia e do Medicamento (INFARMED). É deste modo importante analisar a prática actual no que concern...

  2. Segurança, desenho e controlo de acessos a conteúdos

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    Abreu, Daniel Duarte Diogo de

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    Trabalho de projecto de mestrado em Engenharia Informática (Arquitectura, Sistemas e Redes de Computadores), apresentado à Universidade de Lisboa, através da Faculdade de Ciências, 2009 Este relatório insere-se no âmbito do Projecto de Engenharia Informática com vista à obtenção do grau de Mestre em Engenharia Informática com especialização em Arquitectura, Sistemas e Redes de Computadores na Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa. Em qualquer organização a informação é vital, ess...

  3. Immediate effect of nonspecific mandibular mobilization on postural control in subjects with temporomandibular disorder: a single-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial Efeito imediato da mobilização mandibular inespecífica sobre o controle postural em indivíduos com disfunção temporomandibular: ensaio clínico controlado, randomizado, simples cego

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    Ana P. Amaral

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Temporomandibular disorder (TMD is considered multifactorial and is defined as a group of pain conditions characterized by functional stomatognathic system alterations, which may be affected by or related disrupted postural control. OBJECTIVE: Assess the immediate effect of nonspecific mandibular mobilization (NMM on the postural control of subjects diagnosed or not with TMD. METHOD: A simple-blind, randomized, controlled clinical trial was performed involving 50 subjects of both genders assigned to two groups: the TMD group and the control group. TMD was diagnosed according to the Research Diagnostic Criteria for Temporomandibular Disorders (RDC/TMD. A stabilometric assessment was performed by testing subjects in a quiet stance on a dual force platform under two visual conditions (eyes open and eyes closed. The Center of Pressure (CoP-related variables analyzed were displacement, amplitude, speed of anterior-posterior (AP and medial-lateral (ML displacements and CoP sway area. The mean values of each variable were compared, considering the accepted significance value of p CONTEXTUALIZAÇÃO: A disfunção temporomandibular (DTM é considerada multifatorial e se define como um grupo de condições dolorosas que se caracteriza por apresentar alterações funcionais do sistema estomatognático que podem estar relacionadas à perturbação ou a uma contribuição em relação ao controle da postura. OBJETIVO: Verificar o efeito imediato da mobilização mandibular inespecífica (MMI sobre o controle postural em indivíduos com e sem diagnóstico de DTM. MÉTODO: Realizou-se um ensaio clinico controlado, randomizado, simples cego, com 50 indivíduos de ambos os gêneros, alocados em dois grupos: grupo DTM e grupo controle, diagnosticados segundo o RDC/TMD. Realizou-se uma avaliação estabilométrica com os indivíduos sobre uma plataforma de força, em duas condições visuais: olhos abertos e fechados. As variáveis referentes ao

  4. Efeitos da facilitação neuromuscular proprioceptiva na estabilidade postural e risco de quedas em pacientes com sequela de acidente vascular encefálico: estudo piloto Efectos de la facilitación neuromuscular propioceptiva en la estabilidad postural y riesgo de caídas en pacientes con secuela de accidente vascular encefálico: estudio piloto Effects of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation in postural stability and risk of falls in patients with sequelae of stroke: pilot study

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    Natália Noman de Lacerda

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    Full Text Available O controle do tronco é uma habilidade motora básica necessária para executar diversas tarefas funcionais, e é deficiente em pacientes que sofreram acidente vascular encefálico (AVE. Objetivo: Avaliar o efeito do método facilitação neuromuscular proprioceptiva (PNF na estabilidade postural e risco de quedas em pacientes com sequela de AVE. Metodologia: Foi realizado estudo de intervenção que consistiu em treinamento da estabilidade postural por meio de um protocolo fixo constituído por 5 exercícios utilizando o método PNF, onde foram realizados 10 atendimentos com frequência de três vezes por semana e duração em média de 45 minutos, e para a avaliação dos desfechos, utilizou-se a escala de equilíbrio de Berg (EEB. Resultados: Foram atendidos 12 homens com hemiparesia à esquerda e no mínimo seis meses de evolução e observou-se diferença altamente significativa entre os valores pré e pós teste por meio da EEB (pEl control del tronco es una habilidad motora básica necesaria para realizar diversas tareas funcionales y es deficiente en los pacientes que han sufrido Accidente Vascular Encefálico (AVE. Objetivo: Evaluar el efecto del método de Facilitación Neuromuscular Propioceptiva (PNF en la estabilidad postural y riesgo de caídas en pacientes con secuela de Accidente Vascular Encefálico (AVE. Metodología: Se realizó un estudio de intervención que consistió en entrenamiento de la estabilidad postural por medio de un protocolo fijo compuesto por cinco ejercicios utilizando el método PNF, donde fueron realizadas 10 sesiones, con frecuencia de tres veces por semana y duración media de 45 minutos. Para la evaluación de los resultados, se utilizó la escala de equilibrio de Berg (EEB. Resultados: Fueron atendidos 12 hombres con hemiparesia izquierda con un mínimo de seis meses de evolución y se observó diferencia altamente significativa entre los valores pre y post test por medio de la EEB (pThe trunk control is

  5. Determining postural stability

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    Lieberman, Erez (Inventor); Forth, Katharine E. (Inventor); Paloski, William H. (Inventor)

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    A method for determining postural stability of a person can include acquiring a plurality of pressure data points over a period of time from at least one pressure sensor. The method can also include the step of identifying a postural state for each pressure data point to generate a plurality of postural states. The method can include the step of determining a postural state of the person at a point in time based on at least the plurality of postural states.

  6. O EFEITO DO MÉTODO DE PILATES NA PREVENÇÃO DE LESÕES EM BAILARINOS

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    Full Text Available A Dança potencia a ocorrência de lesões (Meereis, Favretto, Bernardi, Peroni, & Mota, 2011, sendo mais frequentes no membro inferior (Rietveld, 2013. O centro é o ponto-chave do Método de Pilates e refere-se à sinergia muscular estabelecida entre os músculos Transverso Abdominal, Oblíquos Interno e Externo e o Multifidus. A sua estabilidade aumenta a performance, previne lesões e alivia a dor lombar. Existe uma relação entre a diminuição da estabilidade do centro e uma maior incidência de lesões do membro inferior. Existem poucos estudos que avaliem o centro em bailarinos (Rickman et al., 2012.O Método de Pilates é um exercício corpo-mente que requer estabilidade do centro dando atenção ao controlo muscular, postura e respiração (Wells, Kolt, & Bialocerkowski, 2012, o que contribui para um melhor alinhamento corporal (Cruz-Ferreira et al., 2011, e para a prevenção de lesões (Massey, 2011. Os estudos existentes em bailarinos concluíram que melhora o alinhamento corporal (Kuo et al. 2009 e previne lesões (McMillan et al., 1998. Objetivo: Determinar os efeitos de um programa do método de Pilates na estabilidade do centro, no alinhamento postural e na dor, na prevenção de lesões no membro inferior em bailarinos.

  7. Um estudo piloto na avaliação das estratégias posturais em jovens e idosos usando um sistema eletromagnético tridimensional A pilot study on the evaluation of postural strategies in young and elderly subjects using a tridimensional electromagnetic system

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    José Ailton Oliveira Carneiro

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    Full Text Available Para manter o equilíbrio postural, algumas estratégias posturais são normalmente usadas. OBJETIVO: Avaliar as estratégias posturais de jovens e idosos em diferentes condições sensoriais usando um sistema de sensores eletromagnéticos tridimensionais posicionados na primeira vértebra torácica e região sacral. Também reportamos valores de oscilação postural dos jovens e idosos. MÉTODO: Estudo transversal observacional. Participaram do estudo 25 jovens e 16 idosas. O equipamento PolhemusTM com dois sensores foi usado para avaliar os parâmetros de oscilação postural (deslocamento máximo, velocidade média e trajetória. A aquisição dos dados foi realizada com os sujeitos em pé, realizando um teste de 90 segundos para as quatro condições sensoriais: olhos abertos e fechados nas superfícies estável e instável. RESULTADOS: Os sensores 1 e 2 apresentaram alta correlação cruzada em todas as condições sensoriais para ambos os grupos (r > 0.99; p One resorts to various postural strategies while attempting to maintain balance. OBJECTIVE: To assess the postural strategies adopted by young and elderly subjects in varying sensory conditions by using a system of tridimensional electromagnetic sensors positioned on the projection of the first thoracic vertebra and on the sacral region. Postural oscillation values for young and elderly subjects were also reported. METHOD: This observational cross-sectional study enrolled 25 young and 16 elderly individuals. A PolhemusTM device equipped with two sensors was used to assess postural oscillation parameters (maximum displacement, mean velocity, and trajectory. Data acquisition was carried out with subjects standing while undergoing a 90-second test in four sensory conditions: eyes opened, eyes closed, on a stable surface, and on an unstable surface. RESULTS: Sensors 1 and 2 presented significant cross-correlations in all sensory conditions for both groups (r > 0.99; p < 0.001. No

  8. Um processo de injeção de plásticos: melhoria do programa de controlo estatístico

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    Santos, João Gonçalo Cunha; Sampaio, Paulo

    2015-01-01

    O presente artigo resulta de um projeto de investigação que aborda a melhoria de um programa de controlo estatístico de um processo de injeção de plásticos, tendo por base a aplicação das ferramentas básicas da qualidade, nomeadamente a análise de Pareto, o diagrama de Ishikawa e os gráficos de controlo. Paralelamente às ferramentas básicas da qualidade, foi também utilizada a metodologia Análise ao Sistema de Medida (Measurement Systems Analysis), com recurso ao software Minitab. A metodo...

  9. Teorema de Noether do cálculo das variações e controlo óptimo estocásticos

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    Barros, Adilson Cândido Mendonça de

    2010-01-01

    Neste trabalho começamos por apresentar os problemas clássicos do cálculo das variações e controlo óptimo determinísticos, dando ênfase ás condições necessárias de optimalidade de Euler-Lagrange e Princípio do Máximo de Pontryagin (Capítulo 1). No Capítulo 2 demonstramos o Teorema de Noether do cálculo das variações e uma sua extensão ao controlo óptimo. Como exemplos de aplicação mencionamos as leis de conservação de momento e energia da mecânica, válidas ao longo das ex...

  10. Adaptações do sistema respiratório referentes à função pulmonar em resposta a um programa de alongamento muscular pelo método de Reeducação Postural Global Respiratory system adaptations relative to pulmonary function in response to a muscle stretching program using the Global Posture Reeducation method

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    Marlene Aparecida Moreno

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available A proposta deste estudo foi analisar as adaptações do sistema respiratório referentes à função pulmonar em resposta ao alongamento da cadeia muscular respiratória pelo método de Reeducação Postural Global (RPG. Foram estudados 20 homens, sedentários, de antropometria semelhante, sem antecedentes de doenças musculoesqueléticas ou cardiorrespiratórias. Os voluntários foram divididos aleatoriamente em dois grupos de dez, sendo um grupo controle (GC, que não participou do protocolo de alongamento, e o outro submetido à intervenção pelo método de RPG, denominado grupo tratado (GT. O alongamento foi realizado duas vezes por semana, durante oito semanas, totalizando 16 sessões. Os dois grupos foram submetidos à prova de função pulmonar, medindo-se a capacidade vital lenta, capacidade vital forçada e ventilação voluntária máxima, antes e após o período de intervenção. Os valores obtidos em todas as variáveis dos voluntários do GC na avaliação inicial não apresentaram diferença estatisticamente significante quando comparados aos obtidos na avaliação final (p>0,05. No GT os valores finais apresentaram-se significativamente maiores que os iniciais (pThe aim of this study was to analyse the respiratory system adaptations concerning pulmonary function in response to stretching the respiratory muscle chain, by means of Global Posture Reeducation (GPR. Twenty sedentary young men with similar anthropometry and no history of musculoskeletal or cardiorespiratory disease were randomly divided into two groups of ten each: control group (CG, who did no stretching, and treated group (TG, submitted to GPR. Stretching was carried out twice a week for 8 weeks, in a total of 16 sessions. The two groups were submitted to pulmonary function tests to assess slow vital capacity, forced vital capacity and maximal voluntary ventilation, before and after the intervention period. The initial values of all spirometric variables measured in

  11. Modelo para arquitecturas de controlo de sistemas robóticos autónomos

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    Silva, Eduardo Alexandre Pereira da

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    Dissertação apresentada para obtenção do grau de Mestre em Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores (perfil Sistemas), na Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, sob a orientação do Prof. Dr. Fernando Manuel Ferreira Lobo Pereira

  12. Electronic spinal posture detection

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    Thoné, Jef; Jourand, Philippe; Puers, Robert

    2009-01-01

    A wearable automatic monitoring system for back posture has been developed and tested. Making use of only five accelerometers placed on strategic locations on the back, a stand alone system enables detection, logging and feedback of the patient’s posture. The system enables alerting the patient of a bad posture, or long-term data logging to analyze the patient’s posture over a prolonged period.

  13. Confiabilidade da fotogrametria em relação a goniometria para avaliação postural de membros inferiores

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    Sacco,ICN; Alibert,S; Queiroz,BWC; D Pripas; I Kieling; Kimura,AA; Sellmer,AE; Malvestio,RA; Sera,MT

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    CONTEXTUALIZAÇÃO: A avaliação postural bem como a mensuração da amplitude articular são instrumentos fundamentais para o diagnóstico, planejamento e acompanhamento da evolução e dos resultados de um tratamento fisioterapêutico. Elas podem ser realizadas tanto pela goniometria - método mais utilizado na clínica fisioterapêutica - como, com o avanço tecnológico, pela fotogrametria. OBJETIVOS: Verificar a confiabilidade paralela da fotogrametria computadorizada, utilizando dois softwares, o Core...

  14. [Risks of awkward posture].

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    Bazzini, G; Capodaglio, E; Panigazzi, M; Prestifilippo, E; Vercesi, C

    2010-01-01

    For posture we mean the position of the body in the space and the relationship with its segments. The correct posture is determined by neurophysiological, biomechanical, emotional, psychological and relation factors, enabling us to perform daily and working activities with the lowest energy expenditure. When possible we suggest during posture variation, a preventive measure where there are prolonged fixed activities.

  15. Posture and body image in individuals with major depressive disorder: a controlled study Postura e imagem corporal em indivíduos com depressão: um estudo controle

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    Janette Zamudio Canales

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: In this study, we aimed to quantify posture and body image in patients with major depressive disorder during episodes and after drug treatment, comparing the results with those obtained for healthy volunteers. METHOD: Over a 10-week period, we evaluated 34 individuals with depression and 37 healthy volunteers. Posture was assessed based on digital photos of the subjects; CorelDRAW software guidelines and body landmarks were employed. Body image was evaluated using the Body Shape Questionnaire. RESULTS: During depressive episodes (in comparison with the post-treatment period, patients showed increased head flexion (p OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar quantitativamente a postura e a imagem corporal em pacientes com transtorno depressivo maior, durante o episódio depressivo e após tratamento medicamentoso, e comparar com voluntários sadios. MÉTODO: Durante o período de dez semanas, foram avaliados 34 indivíduos com depressão e 37 voluntários sadios. A postura foi avaliada através de fotos digitais e do software CorelDRAW. A imagem corporal foi avaliada através do Body Shape Questionnaire. RESULTADOS: No episódio depressivo (em comparação ao período pós tratamento, os pacientes apresentaram aumento da flexão da cabeça (p < 0,001, aumento da cifose (p < 0,001, retroversão pélvica esquerda (p = 0,012 e abdução da escápula esquerda (p = 0,046. Na remissão, a postura foi similar ao grupo controle. Na comparação entre controles e transtorno depressivo maior, houve diferença para postura da cabeça (p < 0,001 e cifose torácica (p < 0,001. Na remissão houve diferença para a postura do ombro. A média dos escores do Body Shape Questionnaire foram 90,03 no episódio e 75,82 na remissão (p = 0,012. O grupo controle apresentou escore 62,57. CONCLUSÃO: Houve diferença da postura e insatisfação da imagem corporal durante o episódio em indivíduos com transtorno depressivo maior. Os achados destacam que o

  16. Avaliação do controle postural em adultos jovens através da posturografia dinâmica Foam-laser e plataforma de força

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    Eduardo Alexandre Loth

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    Full Text Available Uma das tarefas mais importantes do sistema do controle postural humano é a manutenção do equilíbrio do corpo sobre a base de apoio fornecida pelos pés. Como um sensor de gravidade, o sistema vestibular é uma das ferramentas mais importantes do sistema nervoso no controle da postura. Quando há um desequilíbrio neste sistema o indivíduo passa a apresentar um conjunto de sintomas no qual a vertigem geralmente é preponderante. Objetivou-se no presente estudo avaliar e correlacionar o controle postural de adultos jovens através da posturografia dinâmica Foam-Laser (FLP e plataforma de força. Para a realização do estudo participaram 31 voluntários (19 homens e 11 mulheres sendo submetidos à avaliação do controle postural através da posturografia dinâmica Foam-Laser e plataforma de força simultaneamente. Para análise dos dados registrados na plataforma de força, utilizou-se o programa MATLAB® 7.4. Os resultados da FLP foram obtidos através da fórmula matemática para cálculos de ângulos de oscilações apresentados. Os resultados revelaram que houve forte correlação entre os valores obtidos nos testes de organização sensorial (SOT e a área de deslocamento do centro de pressão (CP registrada pela plataforma de força em todos os SOT. Nos SOT III, V e VI, respectivamente, observou-se forte correlação entre os resultados dos exames da FLP e plataforma de força, com r = -0,78, r = -0,70 e r = -0,80. Conclui-se que a FLP é um método eficaz para avaliação do equilíbrio, e seus resultados demonstraram forte correlação com a área de deslocamento do centro de pressão

  17. Estudo do equilíbrio postural estático em pacientes com vestibulopatia mediante sistema de sensores eletromagnéticos tridimensionais Static postural balance study in patients with vestibular disorders using a three dimensional eletromagnetic sensor system

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    David Greco Varela

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available A avaliação do reflexo vestíbulo ocular é importante; porém, insuficiente. Sistemas de sensores eletromagnéticos tridimensionais são uma nova opção para avaliação posturográfica. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a oscilação corporal em voluntários hígidos, com Manobras de Epley e Dix-Hallpike positivas e com outras disfunções vestibulares usando um sistema tridimensional. Forma de estudo: Prospectivo. MATERIAL E MÉTODO: Participaram: 23 mulheres saudáveis, 15 com disfunção vestibular periférica detectada à prova calórica e 10 com manobras de Epley e Dix-Hallpike positivas. Todas realizaram exames nas posições: olhos abertos e fechados em superfície estável e instável. RESULTADOS:Na condição Olhos Abertos e Superfície Estável, houve p The vestibular-ocular reflex assessment is important, but not enough. Tridimensional electromagnetic sensor systems represent a new method to assess posturography. AIM: To assess body sway in healthy subjects who had positive Dix Hallpike and Epley maneuvers and with other vestibular dysfunctions by means of a three-dimensional system. Study design: Prospective. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We had 23 healthy women, 15 with peripheral vestibular dysfunction found upon caloric test and 10 with positive Epley and Dix Hallpike maneuvers. All tests performed in the following positions: open and closed eyes on stable and unstable surfaces. RESULTS: With the Eyes Open and on a stable surface, p < 0.01 between the control group and the one with peripheral vestibular dysfunction in all variables, except the a-p maximum, full speed and mediolateral trajectory velocity, which had a p < 0.01 between the group with vestibular dysfunction and controls in all positions. The group with positive Epley and Dix Hallpike maneuvers had p < 0.01 at full speed and in its components in the x and y in positions with open and eyes closed on an unstable surface. CONCLUSION: The tridimensional electromagnetic sensors system was

  18. CONTROLE POSTURAL E INFORMAÇÃO SOMATOSENSORIAL EM IDOSOS DIABÉTICOS PRATICANTES E NÃO PRATICANTES DE ATIVIDADE FÍSICA

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    Milena Razuk; Universidade Estadual Paulista; Andrei Guilherme Lopes; Universidade Estadual Paulista; José Angelo Barela; Universidade Cruzeiro do Sul

    2011-01-01

    O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar o desempenho do controle postural e a obtenção de informação somatosensorial de idosos diabéticos praticantes e não praticantes de atividade física. Participaram deste estudo dez idosos diabéticos ativos (62±4,4 anos) (GDA), dez diabéticos sedentários (65,5±7,4 anos) (GDS) e dez idosos sadios ativos (63,2±4,5anos) (GCA), que realizaram avaliação de sensibilidade cutânea e detecção de movimento passivo, nas articulações do tornozelo e joelho, e de manutenção...

  19. Sistema sem fios para controlo de iluminação decorativa

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    2011-01-01

    Este projecto surgiu no contexto da solicitação de um dos clientes da empresa Castros Iluminações que pretendia um sistema de iluminação decorativa (baseada em LED) de dois conjuntos de 288 janelas, pertencendo cada conjunto a uma fachada diferente do edifício. Este sistema teria que prever a possibilidade de controlar a cor de cada janela individualmente, dando ao cliente a possibilidade de alterar o ambiente decorativo das fachadas do edifício. A utilização de comunicação ...

  20. Monitorização e controlo de tráfego num router residencial

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    Brito, Alexandre da Costa

    2009-01-01

    Nos dias que correm, é típico uma família possuir acesso à internet. Um acesso partilhado por todos os residentes, de forma transparente. Um Gateway/ Router residencial estabelece a ponte entre mundo e a família, através de tecnologias como NATs, Firewall, LAN, Wireless Lan, partilha de impressora e/ou de dados, e em alguns casos, servidores de multimédia. Neste contexto, expandiu-se as funcionalidades de um Gateway/Router residencial até aos limites físicos do mesmo. Nesta ...

  1. Desenvolvimento de sistema de teste de caixas de controlo electrónico

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    Rocha, Nelson André Maia

    2011-01-01

    O objectivo desta Tese/Dissertação é conceber um sistema para a BOSCH Termotecnologia S.A., na qual exerço as funções de Engenheiro de Qualidade de Fornecedores de peças electrónicas, que permita testar funcionalmente dois tipos de PCBA (Printed Circuit Board Assembled) utilizados em dois modelos de esquentador estanque com denominação Celsius e Celsius Plus, produzidos nesta empresa para mercados de todo o Mundo. Os PCBA foram desenvolvidos internamente pelo departamento de...

  2. Tratamento para escoliose pelo método de reeducação postural global (RPG em deficientes visuais totais: série de casos = Treatment of scoliosis by global postural reeducation (GPR in totally visually impaired individuals: a case series

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    Tavares, Graziela Morgana Silva

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos: Avaliar a magnitude da escoliose em adultos jovens com deficiência visual total antes e após o tratamento por Reeducação Postural Global (RPG. Métodos: Foram selecionados intencionalmente sujeitos com deficiência visual total, vinculados a uma instituição educacional para portadores de deficiência visual na grande Florianópolis, estado de Santa Catarina, com idade entre 18 a 40 anos, capacidade de ficar em pé de forma independente e presença de gibosidade ao exame físico. Foram excluídos indivíduos com distúrbios vestibulares, grávidas, diabéticos e amputados. Os dados radiológicos foram coletados em um serviço de referência em exames de imagem no estado de Santa Catarina antes e após oito sessões de RPG. Os dados foram analisados por meio da estatística descritiva e teste t de Student para amostra pareada. Resultados: A amostra inicial foi composta por nove indivíduos, entretanto houve perda amostral de três sujeitos devido a desistência, suspeita de gravidez e mudança de residência, ficando a amostra final composta por seis indivíduos, quatro do gênero masculino e dois do gênero feminino, com média de idade de 34,66±4,27 anos. Os resultados evidenciaram que após oito sessões pelo método de RPG o ângulo de Cobb reduziu em quatro sujeitos, manteve-se em um e aumentou em um. Entretanto, considerando-se as médias dos ângulos de Cobb pré e pós tratamento dos seis participantes, não houve diferença estatisticamente significativa. A média dos ângulos de Cobb pré-tratamento foi 8,91º±4,52º e a média pós-tratamento foi 5,83º±4,52º (p=0,16. Conclusões: No presente estudo, o método de RPG, após oito sessões, não alterou a magnitude média da curva escoliótica dos seis indivíduos com deficiência visual total. No entanto, na maioria dos indivíduos (quatro entre os seis houve redução no valor do ângulo de Cobb

  3. Efeitos da orientação postural na utilização de mochilas escolares em estudantes do ensino fundamental

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    Susi Mary de Souza Fernandes

    2007-01-01

    OBJETIVO: Avaliar o efeito de sessões educativas no peso, modelo e modo de transportar mochila escolar. MÉTODO: Estudo com 99 crianças, de 7 a 11 anos cursando ensino fundamental em escola particular de São Paulo. Na avaliação foi medido peso do sujeito (kg) e da mochila (kg), tipo e modo de transporte por filmagem pré e pós intervenção. Como medida de intervenção, os sujeitos foram submetidos à sessão educativa que consistiu em orientações sobre coluna vertebral e vivência prática de postura...

  4. The influence of the patient's posture on organ and tissue absorbed doses caused by radiodiagnostic examinations; Influencia da postura do paciente na dose absorvida em orgaos e tecidos causada por exames radiologicos

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    Cassola, Vagner F.; Kramer, Richard; Khoury, Helen J.; Lira, Carlos A.B.O., E-mail: vagner.cassola@gmail.co [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (DEN/UFPE), Recife (Brazil). Dept. de Energia Nuclear

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    Due to the gravitational force, organ positions and subcutaneous fat distribution change when a standing person lies down on her/his back, which is called 'supine posture'. Both postures, standing and supine, are very common in X-ray diagnosis, however, phantoms used for the simulation of patients for organ and tissue absorbed dose assessments normally represent humans either in standing or in supine posture. Consequently, the exposure scenario simulated sometimes does not match the real X-ray examination with respect to the patient's posture. Using standing and supine versions of mesh-based female and male adult phantoms, this study investigates the 'posture-effect' on organ and tissue absorbed doses for radiographs of the pelvis and the lumbar spine in order to find out if the errors from simulating the false posture are significant. (author)

  5. Social Postural Coordination

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    Varlet, Manuel; Marin, Ludovic; Lagarde, Julien; Bardy, Benoit G.

    2011-01-01

    The goal of the current study was to investigate whether a visual coupling between two people can produce spontaneous interpersonal postural coordination and change their intrapersonal postural coordination involved in the control of stance. We examined the front-to-back head displacements of participants and the angular motion of their hip and…

  6. Social Postural Coordination

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    Varlet, Manuel; Marin, Ludovic; Lagarde, Julien; Bardy, Benoit G.

    2011-01-01

    The goal of the current study was to investigate whether a visual coupling between two people can produce spontaneous interpersonal postural coordination and change their intrapersonal postural coordination involved in the control of stance. We examined the front-to-back head displacements of participants and the angular motion of their hip and…

  7. Alterações posturais em atletas brasileiros do sexo masculino que participaram de provas de potência muscular em competições internacionais Alteraciones posturales en atletas brasileños del sexo masculino que participaron en pruebas de potencia muscular en competiciones internacionales Postural alterations in male Brazilian athletes who have participated in international muscular power competitions

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    Jayme Neto Júnior

    2004-06-01

    Full Text Available Os esportes de alto nível determinam padrões corporais que extrapolam barreiras geopolíticas, sociais e culturais. Estas peculiaridades resultam em alterações posturais que estão associadas à eficiência do gesto desportivo, porém, em longo prazo, podem evoluir para processos mórbidos que limitam a prática de atividades físicas regulares. O objetivo da pesquisa foi descrever o perfil postural dos atletas que participam de provas de potência muscular e identificar processos anátomo-cinesiológicos responsáveis pelas principais alterações corporais. A casuística foi composta por 15 atletas do sexo masculino, especializados em provas de potência muscular. O protocolo para coleta de dados foi elaborado com base na proposta de: i Kendall, para o exame físico e observacional, utilizando simetrógrafo e fio de prumo; ii Souchard, para a análise postural em cadeia. As informações foram organizadas sob a forma de distribuição de freqüência absoluta e relativa. Os resultados apontaram que: i o tornozelo em valgo (67% foi a situação mais comum; ii a rotação interna da pelve à direita (60%, seguida do lado oposto mais elevado (47%, pode estar relacionada com a corrida em curva que sobrecarrega a estrutura da pelve para a manutenção da velocidade com simultânea mudança de direção em função da força gravitacional; iii a anteversão de pelve (73% decorre da retração observada nos músculos flexores do quadril e extensores do joelho; iv a alteração expressa no item iii contribui para a formação de hiperlordose lombar (73% e desencadeia mecanismo compensatório de retração da cadeia posterior causando cifose torácica (53% e cabeça em protrusão (73%. O diagnóstico precoce e a adoção de medidas profiláticas efetivas podem contribuir para o aumento da performance, bem como prevenir a ocorrência de lesões desportivas. Estudos envolvendo intervenção fisioterápica deverão avaliar se há redução dos efeitos

  8. Concentração de proteínas em gemas de ovos de poedeiras (Gallus gallus nos diferentes ciclos de postura e sua interferência na disponibilidade do ferro Protein concentration (phosvitin and lipovitelin in egg yolks of Laying Hens (Gallus gallus in different posture cycles and its interference in the iron availability

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    Érika Vidal Sartori

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    Full Text Available O ovo é o produto de eficiente transformação biológica feita pela galinha (Gallus gallus de postura, com alta qualidade nutricional para o consumo humano. Na gema do ovo encontra-se a proteína denominada fosvitina, que atua como carreadora do ferro se ligando a ele. A deficiência de ferro ocorre normalmente devido ao consumo insuficiente de alimentos fontes de ferro ou à baixa biodisponibilidade. O objetivo da pesquisa foi verificar a concentração de proteínas, em especial a fosvitina/lipovitelina presente em gemas de ovos crus e cozidos nos diferentes ciclos de postura (inicial, intermediário e final e avaliar a interferência desta proteína na disponibilidade do micronutriente ferro. Os tratamentos foram realizados em diferentes períodos e utilizaram ovos crus e cozidos, sendo gemas cruas de poedeiras em início, meio e fim de postura e gemas cozidas nos três ciclos de postura. Foram realizadas as análises de composição centesimal, concentração de ferro total e dialisável, concentração de proteínas em gemas e eletroforese em gel de poliacrilamida (SDS-PAGE. Houve diferença na concentração de proteínas e diferentes níveis de ferro dialisável nos três ciclos de postura, porém em gemas cruas e cozidas. Com o passar dos ciclos (inicial, intermediário e final, as poedeiras mais velhas, apresentaram ovos (gemas com um teor mais elevado de ferro disponível, porém uma quantidade inferior de proteínas em especial a fosvitina/lipovitelina, comparando-se com os ciclos inicial e intermediário. A disponibilidade de ferro foi mais elevada em gemas que passaram pelo processo de cocção, porém em poedeiras de postura final.The egg is the product of efficient biological transformation made by a laying hen. It has high nutritional value for human consumption. Most of the iron in egg yolk is bound by phosvitin, a major protein present in the egg yolk. Iron deficiency normally occurs due to insufficient intake of dietary iron

  9. Parâmetros do controle postural em mulheres idosas com ou sem histórico de quedas associadas ou não à osteoartrite de joelhos Postural control parameters in elderly female fallers and non-fallers diagnosed or not with knee osteoarthritis

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    Marina Petrella

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Comparar parâmetros estabilométricos de mulheres idosas com ou sem histórico de quedas associadas ou não à osteoartrite (OA de joelhos. MÉTODOS: Cinquenta e seis idosas apresentando ou não histórico de quedas (Q e OA de joelho unilateral e bilateral foram distribuídas da seguinte maneira: grupo QOA (n = 10, idosas com histórico de queda e OA de joelho; grupo QSOA (n = 11, idosas com histórico de queda e sem OA de joelho; grupo SQOA (n = 14, idosas sem histórico de quedas (SQ e com OA de joelho; e grupo SQSOA (n = 21, idosas sem histórico de quedas e sem OA de joelho. Para análise do equilíbrio semiestático usando uma plataforma de força, foram avaliados os deslocamentos anteroposterior (DAP e mediolateral (DML, as velocidades de oscilação anteroposterior (VAP e mediolateral (VML em quatro situações na postura ereta. As situações avaliadas foram as seguintes: 1 PFOA: sobre superfície fixa e olhos abertos; 2 PFOF: sobre superfície fixa e olhos fechados; 3 PIOA: sobre superfície instável e olhos abertos; 4 PIOF: sobre superfície instável e os olhos fechados. RESULTADOS: As idosas com OA de joelho apresentaram maior DAP em todas as situações analisadas (P 0,05. CONCLUSÕES: A OA de joelho, por si, é um fator prejudicial no aumento de oscilação do centro de pressão (COP na direção anteroposterior, enquanto o histórico de quedas, independente da presença de OA de joelhos, traz prejuízos ao controle postural na direção mediolateral.OBJECTIVES: To compare stabilometric parameters of elderly female fallers and non-fallers associated or not with knee osteoarthritis (OA. METHODS: Fifty-six elderly female fallers and non-fallers diagnosed or not with unilateral or bilateral knee OA were divided into the following groups: FOA (n = 10, elderly female fallers with knee OA; FNOA (n = 11, elderly female fallers without knee OA; NFOA (n = 14, elderly female non-fallers with knee OA; and NFNOA (n = 21, elderly

  10. Avaliação do Impacto de uma Intervenção em Gestão de Stress em Pacientes com Fadiga Oncológica a Realizar Radioterapia: Resultados Preliminares

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    Cláudia Ng Deep; Isabel Leal; Ivone Patrão

    2012-01-01

    Objetivo: Este trabalho apresenta os resultados preliminares da avaliação do impacto de uma intervenção em gestão do stress cognitivo-comportamental (IGSCC) sobre padrões de regulação emocional (ansiedade, depressão e stress) e resiliência em pacientes com fadiga oncológica e em radioterapia. Método: Comparam-se os resultados entre um grupo de controlo (20 participantes submetidos ao tratamento convencional de radioterapia sem IGSCC) e um grupo experimental (20 participantes submetid...

  11. Avaliação do impacto de uma intervenção em gestão de stress em pacientes com fadiga oncológica a realizar radioterapia: Resultados preliminares

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    Cláudia Ng Deep; Isabel Leal; Ivone Patrão

    2012-01-01

    Objetivo: Este trabalho apresenta os resultados preliminares da avaliação do impacto de uma intervenção em gestão do stress cognitivo-comportamental (IGSCC) sobre padrões de regulação emocional (ansiedade, depressão e stress) e resiliência em pacientes com fadiga oncológica e em radioterapia. Método: Comparam-se os resultados entre um grupo de controlo (20 participantes submetidos ao tratamento convencional de radioterapia sem IGSCC) e um grupo experimental (20 participantes submetid...

  12. Classic ballet dancers postural patterns

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    Joseani Paulini Neves Simas

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate classic ballet practice and its influence on postural patterns and (a identify the most frequent postural changes; (b determine the postural pattern; (c verify the existence of association of practice time and postural changes. The investigation was carried out in two stages: one, description in which 106 dancers participated; the other, causal comparative in which 50 dancers participated; and (a questionnaire; (b a checkerboard; (c postural chart; (d measure tape; (e camera and (f pedoscope were used as instrument. Descriptive and inferential statistics was used for analysis. The results revealed the most frequent postural changes such as hyperlordosis, unleveled shoulders and pronated ankles. Ballet seems to have negative implications in the postural development , affecting especially the vertebral spine, trunk and feet. The practice time was not a parameter to indicate the increase in postural changes. In conclusion, ballet may be associated with postural changes and determining a characteristic postural pattern.

  13. Respostas cardiovasculares a mudança postural e capacidade aeróbia em homens e mulheres de meia-idade antes e após treinamento físico aeróbio Cardiovascular responses to postural change and aerobic capacity among middle-aged men and women before and after aerobic physical training

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    ST Leite

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Comparar respostas cardiovasculares a Manobra Postural Passiva (Tilt Test e capacidade cardiorrespiratória em homens e mulheres de meia-idade antes e após treinamento físico aeróbio. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Sete homens - GH (44,6±2,1 anos e sete mulheres - GM (51,7±4,8 anos, participaram de treinamento físico aeróbio por 12 semanas. Foi realizado protocolo de Tilt Test (cinco minutos supino, dez minutos inclinado 70º, cinco minutos supino, com monitoração da pressão arterial e freqüência cardíaca. Para mensuração da capacidade cardiorrespiratória foi realizado protocolo em cicloergômetro. RESULTADOS: Na condição sedentária, GH mostrou maior influência parassimpática no controle da freqüência cardíaca evidenciada por maior intervalo RR (iRR durante Tilt Test. Na condição treinada, os valores de iRR de ambos os grupos se assemelham, tendo as mulheres iRR maior em supino, mas na inclinação os homens mantêm iRR mais elevado. Para pressão arterial, as mulheres permanecem com valores superiores após treino, mas a freqüência cardíaca tende a se assemelhar em ambos. Já na capacidade cardiorrespiratória, homens e mulheres têm um padrão de comportamento semelhante após treino. Com exceção dos valores absolutos da freqüência cardíaca, sem diferenças entre os grupos, para todas as outras variáveis os homens obtiveram valores superiores aos das mulheres. Observa-se ainda que, após o treinamento, houve redução significativa dos valores de pressão arterial no GM, mesmo continuando superiores aos dos homens. CONCLUSÃO: O treinamento parece ter reduzido os níveis pressóricos nas mulheres, além de serem observadas melhorias na capacidade cardiorrespiratória de ambos os grupos, permanecendo os homens com melhor desempenho do que as mulheres.OBJECTIVE: To compare the cardiovascular responses to passive postural maneuvers (tilt test and the cardiorespiratory capacity in middle-aged men and women

  14. Exercise and Posture

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    ... Have Spondylitis? Treatment Information Medications Exercise & Posture Diet & Nutrition Medication & Diet Dietary Supplements Changing Your Diet The London AS / Low Starch Diet Complementary Treatments Possible Complications Iritis or Anterior Uveitis Fatigue in Spondylitis Pain in ...

  15. Estudos de migração do bisfenol A em biberões

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    Encarnação, Inês Páramos Merino Faria

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    Tese de mestrado em Controlo da Qualidade e Toxicologia dos Alimentos apresentada à Universidade de Lisboa através da Faculdade de Farmácia, 2007 O bisfenol A é um composto com reconhecidas propriedades estrogénicas, cujos efeitos se fazem sentir sobretudo ao nível da fertilidade, desenvolvimento e comportamento. Estudos recentes revelam que este composto tem capacidade para exercer os seus efeitos mesmo em concentrações inferiores à actual TDI. Actualmente a principal aplicação do bisfeno...

  16. Efeitos do uso da placa oclusal sobre o equilíbrio postural em indivíduos dentados, não reprogramados, com sinais e sintomas de desordem temporomandibular diagnosticados pelo RDC/TMD e ressonância magnética

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    2013-01-01

    A desordem temporomandibular (DTM) de origem multifatorial pode estar associada a fatores oclusais e também a alterações posturais. O objetivo desse estudo foi investigar os efeitos do uso da placa sobre o equilíbrio postural em indivíduos dentados, não reprogramados, com sinais e sintomas de desordem temporomandibular (DTM). Colaboraram com a pesquisa 70 pacientes (59 placa e 21 controle), entre 18e 84 anos, de ambos os gêneros, diagnosticados com DTM por meio do questionário do RDC/TMD além...

  17. Protocolo de insulina em perfusão para controlo intensivo de glicémia em unidades de cuidados intensivos de adultos

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    Ferreira, AR

    2008-01-01

    Trabalho realizado no contexto do estágio de Cuidados Intensivos do Internato Médico Complementar Este protocolo destina-se a adultos hiperglicémicos internados numa Unidade de Cuidados Intensivos com suporte nutricional entérico ou parentérico. O protocolo deverá ser interrompido quando o doente inicia alimentação oral. Não se aplica a doentes com emergências diabéticas (cetoacidose diabética e coma hiperosmolar) Recomenda-se determinações frequentes da cali...

  18. Proposta de atuação fisioterapêutica em uma criança com síndrome de Angelman, enfatizando o equilíbrio postural: estudo de caso Propuesta de actuación fisioterapéutica en un niño con Síndrome de Angelman, enfatizando el equilibrio postural: estudio de caso Proposal for a physical therapy program in a child with Angelman syndrome, emphasizing postural balance: a case study

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    Livia Pessarelli Visicato

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available A síndrome de Angelman (SA é caracterizada por alterações neuromotoras como marcha atáxica e atraso na aquisição de habilidades motoras, porém são escassos os estudos investigando o efeito de intervenções aplicadas a essa população. O objetivo do estudo foi verificar o efeito de um treino de equilíbrio em uma criança com SA. Participou do estudo uma criança de nove anos de idade com diagnóstico de SA, sexo feminino. Foi aplicado um protocolo para treino de equilíbrio por oito semanas, com frequência de duas vezes por semana. O treino consistiu em atividades envolvendo equilíbrio estático sob diversas condições de dificuldade. Após o treino, a análise de biofotogrametria computadorizada do equilíbrio estático revelou redução do grau de oscilação, que passou de 38° para 13,78°. A pontuação na escala de Berg passou de 27 pontos, na avaliação, para 37 pontos na reavaliação. No teste Timed Up & Go, a criança realizou a tarefa em 15 segundos, na avaliação, e, na reavaliação, em 12 segundos. Em conjunto, os resultados sugerem que o treino favoreceu melhora no equilíbrio estático e dinâmico, bem como na mobilidade funcional.El síndrome de Angelman (SA es caracterizado por alteraciones neuromotoras como marcha atáxica y atraso en la adquisición de habilidades motoras, pero son escasos los estudios investigando el efecto de intervenciones aplicadas a esta población. El objetivo de este estudio fue verificar el efecto de un entrenamiento del equilibrio en un niño con SA. Participó del estudio un niño de 9 años de edad con diagnóstico de SA, sexo femenino. Fue aplicado un protocolo de entrenamiento para el equilibrio por 8 semanas, con frecuencia de 2 veces por semana. El entrenamiento consistió en actividades involucrando el equilibrio estático sobre diversas condiciones de dificultad. Después del entrenamiento el análisis de biofotogrametría computarizada del equilibrio estático reveló reducci

  19. Respostas cardiovasculares durante a postura sentada da Reeducação Postural Global (RPG Cardiovascular responses in the seated posture of the Global Postural Reeducation (GPR method

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    YL Mota

    2008-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar as respostas da freqüência cardíaca (FC, pressão arterial sistólica (PAS, diastólica (PAD, média (PAM e duplo produto (DPr, durante a postura sentada do método de Reeducação Postural Global (RPG. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Nove voluntárias saudáveis (23±2,1 anos, 56,4±7,8kg, 1,61±0,05m, 21,6±2,4kg.m2-1, inexperientes na prática do método RPG, foram submetidas a uma sessão de RPG na postura sentada, realizada em três fases: repouso pré-postura, execução da postura e recuperação pós-postura. No repouso e na recuperação, as voluntárias permaneceram sentadas por 20 minutos, sendo PA e FC verificadas a cada cinco minutos. A fase de execução da postura foi realizada em três séries e mantida por três minutos cada, com intervalo de um minuto entre elas. A verificação da PA e da FC foi realizada a cada um minuto e 30 segundos de execução da postura. RESULTADOS: Os valores de PAS, PAD, PAM e DPr foram significativamente maiores (pOBJECTIVE: To evaluate heart rate (HR, systolic arterial pressure (SAP, diastolic arterial pressure (DAP, mean arterial pressure (MAP and double product (DP responses in the seated posture of the Global Postural Reeducation (GPR method. METHODS: Nine healthy female volunteers (23±2.1 years; 56.4±7.8kg; 1.61±0.05m, 21.6±2.4kg/m², without experience of the GPR, method underwent a treatment session in the seated posture. It was a three-step experiment: pre-posture resting, posture maintenance and post-posture recovery. In both the resting and the recovery step, the volunteers remained seated for 20 minutes and arterial pressure and HR were measured every five minutes. The posture maintenance step lasted for three minutes and was implemented three times with one-minute intervals between implementations. Arterial pressure and HR were measured every 1.5 minutes, while the posture was being maintained. RESULTS: The SAP, DAP, MAP and DP values were significantly greater (p<0.05 from

  20. O potencial biotecnológico dos bacteriófagos na deteção e controlo de bactérias patogénicas

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    Azeredo, Joana

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    Os bacteriófagos (fagos) apresentam um imenso potencial biotecnológico com aplicação na saúde devido às suas características intrínsecas de reconhecimento e morte do hospedeiro que infetam (bactérias). A exploração destas características no desenvolvimento de métodos de deteção e de controlo de bactérias patogénicas é relativamente recente, embora a utilização de fagos como ferramentas de biologia molecular seja bastante antiga e a terapia fágica uma prática secular, a...

  1. Relação entre controlo de gestão e estratégia: perspetiva histórica

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    Ferreira, A.; Rodrigues, J.

    2014-01-01

    O conceito de Controlo de Gestão (CG) e a sua relação com a estratégia têm suscitado um interesse relevante da parte da comunidade de investigadores. Este artigo tem como objectivos analisar a forma como a investigação e a literatura científica têm, desde a década de 60, abordado a relação entre o CG e a estratégia, e identificar os tópicos de interesse para investigação futura. Os resultados obtidos mostram que, ao longo das últimas décadas, o conceito e práticas do CG evoluíram de uma visão...

  2. A relação da postura corporal, da respiração oral e do estado nutricional em crianças: uma revisão de literatura Relation of body posture, oral breath and nutritional status in children: a literature review

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    Patrícia Girarde Machado

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available TEMA: a relação entre o estado nutricional, a respiração oral e a postura corporal. Uma alimentação balanceada capaz de proporcionar um adequado estado nutricional, certamente, contribui para uma desejável condição postural e a respiração nasal do indivíduo. Sob o aspecto respiratório, em crianças respiradoras orais por haver maior alteração no sono, diminuição da ingestão de carboidratos e aumento da ingestão de lipídeos, pode haver a associação entre a respiração oral e o estado nutricional também. OBJETIVO:apresentar as possíveis relações entre estado nutricional, respiração oral e a postura corporal em crianças, por meio de um estudo teórico. CONCLUSÃO: segundo os artigos pesquisados é a obesidade, dentre os distúrbios nutricionais, o que gera maior número de problemas musculoesqueléticos, pois dificulta o controle da postura corporal. Conclui-se que apesar de haver fortes argumentos teóricos buscando explicar uma possível influência da respiração oral sobre o estado nutricional, os estudos de campo até o momento não conseguiram confirmar tal hipótese, por esta razão torna-se relevante continuar pesquisando sobre estas relações.BACKGROUND: the relationship between nutritional status, oral breathing and body posture. A balanced diet can provide adequate nutritional status that certainly contributes to a desirable condition of posture and nasal breathing for the subject. With regard the respiratory and breathing in children, since there is more change in sleep, decreased carbohydrate intake and increased intake of lipids, there may be also an association between oral breathing and nutritional status. PURPOSE: to illustrate the possible relationships between nutritional status, body posture and oral breathing in children, through a theoretical study. CONCLUSION: according to the reviewed studies, it is obesity, among nutritional disturbances, which generates a larger number of musculoskeletal

  3. Fotogrametria na identificação de assimetrias posturais em cadetes e pilotos da academia da força aérea brasileira Photogrammetry on the identification of postural asymmetries in cadets and pilots of the Brazilian air force academy

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    Rodrigo V. Figueiredo

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Identificar se a atividade de treino de voo pode desencadear alterações posturais em cadetes e pilotos da Academia da Força Aérea Brasileira (AFA. MÉTODOS: Os sujeitos foram avaliados por meio de registro fotográfico em vista anterior e lateral direita, tendo como casuística 80 cadetes da AFA, divididos em quatro grupos, 20 em cada, e 15 pilotos do Esquadrão de Demonstração Aérea (EDA, formando o quinto grupo. As fotos foram transferidas para o Software de Avaliação Postural (SAPO, sendo traçados ângulos relacionados ao alinhamento vertical da cabeça (AVC, alinhamento horizontal da cabeça (AHC, alinhamento horizontal dos acrômios (AHA e alinhamento horizontal das espinhas ilíacas ântero-superiores (AHE. RESULTADOS: Os resultados mostraram que, após comparação das médias das assimetrias posturais entre os grupos, não houve diferença estatisticamente significante em relação aos ângulos AVC, AHC e AHA. No entanto, na variável AHE, observou-se que o grupo de pilotos apresentou valores significativamente menores que os dos cadetes, sugerindo maior estabilidade postural em relação a essa variável. CONCLUSÃO: O AHE foi a única medida que apresentou diferença estatisticamente significate na comparação entre os pilotos e cadetes dos diferentes anos. Quanto aos demais alinhamentos, não houve diferença, podendo atribuir esse fato aos critérios exigentes de ingresso dos cadetes na AFA e a eficiência do treinamento físico realizado periodicamente.OBJECTIVE: To identify whether flight training activities cause postural changes in cadets and pilots of the Brazilian Air Force Academy (AFA. METHODS: Eighty subjects were assessed through photographic images in anterior and right side views. Four groups of cadets (n=20 per group divided according to the year since enlistment and a fifth group of fifteen pilots from the Air Demonstration Squadron (ADS were included. Pictures were analyzed using the Postural

  4. Autoimmune Basis for Postural Tachycardia Syndrome

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    Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome; Postural Tachycardia Syndrome; Tachycardia; Arrhythmias, Cardiac; Autonomic Nervous System Diseases; Orthostatic Intolerance; Cardiovascular Diseases; Primary Dysautonomias

  5. Can quiet standing posture predict compensatory postural adjustment?

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    Gabriel Bueno Lahóz Moya

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze whether quiet standing posture is related to compensatory postural adjustment. INTRODUCTION: The latest data in clinical practice suggests that static posture may play a significant role in musculoskeletal function, even in dynamic activities. However, no evidence exists regarding whether static posture during quiet standing is related to postural adjustment. METHODS: Twenty healthy participants standing on a movable surface underwent unexpected, standardized backward and forward postural perturbations while kinematic data were acquired; ankle, knee, pelvis and trunk positions were then calculated. An initial and a final video frame representing quiet standing posture and the end of the postural perturbation were selected in such a way that postural adjustments had occurred between these frames. The positions of the body segments were calculated in these initial and final frames, together with the displacement of body segments during postural adjustments between the initial and final frames. The relationship between the positions of body segments in the initial and final frames and their displacements over this time period was analyzed using multiple regressions with a significance level of p < 0.05. RESULTS: We failed to identify a relationship between the position of the body segments in the initial and final frames and the associated displacement of the body segments. DISCUSSION: The motion pattern during compensatory postural adjustment is not related to quiet standing posture or to the final posture of compensatory postural adjustment. This fact should be considered when treating balance disturbances and musculoskeletal abnormalities. CONCLUSION: Static posture cannot predict how body segments will behave during compensatory postural adjustment.

  6. Perfil dos desvios posturais da coluna vertebral em adolescentes de escolas públicas do município de Juazeiro do Norte - CE Profile of postural deviations of the spine in adolescents from public schools in the city of Juazeiro do Norte - CE

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    José Vitorino de Souza Junior

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Postura é definida como sendo a posição adotada pelo ser humano. Dados epidemiológicos apontam para uma alta prevalência de alterações posturais de coluna entre crianças e adolescentes. O objetivo do presente estudo foi investigar os desvios posturais da coluna vertebral em escolares (n=670 de 11 a 19 anos. Utilizou-se como metodologia um simetrógrafo e uma máquina fotográfica para pesquisar a presença de desvios na coluna vertebral. Foram utilizados um nível d'água e uma régua para aferir a gibosidade, um fio de prumo e uma régua para medir os desvios laterais da coluna. Dos resultados obtidos, encontrou-se uma prevalência de 8,8% de desvios laterais e 2,4% de gibosidade, além de ser observada a presença de escoliose em portadores de assimetrias de ombros e ilíacos. Porém, não houve influência do peso, altura e índice de massa corporal (IMC para a prevalência de escoliose. Dessa maneira, com este estudo, constatou-se elevada prevalência dos desvios posturais em escolares.Posture is defined as the position taken by humans. Epidemiological data indicate a high prevalence of backbone postural changes among children and adolescents. The aim of this study was to investigate the postural deviations of the spine in schoolchildren (n=670 from 11 to 19 years. The methodology used was a simetrograf and a camera for the presence of deviations in the spine. We used a water level and a ruler to measure the spinal deformity, a plumb line and a ruler to measure the lateral deviation of the spine. Of the obtained results it was found a prevalence of 8.8% of lateral deviation and 2.4% of gibbosity, besides it was observed the presence of scoliosis in patients with asymmetries in the shoulders and hipbones. However, there was no influence of weight, height and body mass index (BMI for the prevalence of scoliosis. Thus, through this study, it was stated the high prevalence of postural deviations in schoolchildren.

  7. Postural deformities in Parkinson's disease

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    Doherty, K.M.; Warrenburg, B.P.C. van de; Peralta, M.C.; Silveira-Moriyama, L.; Azulay, J.P.; Gershanik, O.S.; Bloem, B.R.

    2011-01-01

    Postural deformities are frequent and disabling complications of Parkinson's disease (PD) and atypical parkinsonism. These deformities include camptocormia, antecollis, Pisa syndrome, and scoliosis. Recognition of specific postural syndromes might have differential diagnostic value in patients prese

  8. Postural ortostatisk takykardisyndrom

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    Brinth, Louise; Pors, Kirsten; Mehlsen, Jesper

    2014-01-01

    Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a heterogeneous condition of dysautonomia and suspected autoimmunity characterized by abnormal increments in heart rate upon assumption of the upright posture accompanied by symptoms of cerebral hypoperfusion and sympathoexcitation. An increase...... in heart rate equal to or greater than 30 bpm or to levels higher than 120 bpm during a head-up tilt test is the main diagnostic criterion. Management includes both non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment focusing on stress management, volume expansion and heart rate control....

  9. Working postures: prediction and evaluation

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    Delleman, N.J.

    1999-01-01

    To date, workstation designers cannot see the effects of a design on working posture before a mock-up/prototype is available. At that moment, usually the margin for creating the conditions required for adopting favourable working postures is still very limited. Posture prediction at an early design

  10. Sistema remoto para monitorização de ambientes refrigerados em viaturas automóveis

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    Vasconcelos, Sérgio Ricardo Martins

    2015-01-01

    Dissertação de mestrado, Engenharia Elétrica e Eletrónica (Tecnologias de Informação e Telecomunicações), Instituto Superior de Engenharia, Universidade do Algarve, 2015 Devido à constante necessidade das empresas de frotas de distribuição em aumentarem a eficiência dos seus sistemas através de processos de otimização, bem como o controlo de custos associado, os sistemas de monitorização remota e tracking de viaturas estão em franca evolução e expansão. Este trabalho, integrado no proje...

  11. Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.

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    Agarwal, A K; Garg, R; Ritch, A; Sarkar, P

    2007-07-01

    Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is an autonomic disturbance which has become better understood in recent years. It is now thought to encompass a group of disorders that have similar clinical features, such as orthostatic intolerance, but individual distinguishing parameters--for example, blood pressure and pulse rate. The clinical picture, diagnosis, and management of POTS are discussed.

  12. Avaliação da intervenção cognitivo-comportamental em gestão do stress em pacientes com fadiga oncológica, em radioterapia

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    Cláudia Ng Deep; Isabel Leal; Ivone Patrão

    2014-01-01

    Apresentam-se os resultados relativos a padrões de regulação emocional, percepção e satisfação com o suporte social após intervenção cognitivo-comportamental em gestão do stress (IGSCC) em pacientes em radioterapia com fadiga oncológica. Compara-se o grupo de controlo (n=35 radioterapia sem IGSCC) e o grupo experimental (n=35 radioterapia com IGSCC) no início e fim do tratamento tendo em conta variáveis sociodemográficas, Escala de ansiedade, depressão e stress, Escala de perceção e satisfaçã...

  13. Avaliação da intervenção cognitivo-comportamental em gestão do stress em pacientes com fadiga oncológica, em radioterapia

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    Cláudia Ng Deep; Isabel Leal; Ivone Patrão

    2014-01-01

    Apresentam-se os resultados relativos a padrões de regulação emocional, percepção e satisfação com o suporte social após intervenção cognitivo-comportamental em gestão do stress (IGSCC) em pacientes em radioterapia com fadiga oncológica. Compara-se o grupo de controlo (n=35 radioterapia sem IGSCC) e o grupo experimental (n=35 radioterapia com IGSCC) no início e fim do tratamento tendo em conta variáveis sociodemográficas, Escala de ansiedade, depressão e stress, Escala de perceção e satisfaçã...

  14. Funcionalidade e qualidade de vida relacionada com a saúde em doentes com edema venoso

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    Almeida, Sara; Crisóstomo, Rute

    2015-01-01

    Objetivo: Avaliar a funcionalidade e a qualidade de vida relacionada com a saúde em indivíduos com edema venoso por insuficiência venosa crónica nos membros inferiores. Relevância: Pretende-se perceber quais as consequências da insuficiência venosa crónica, de forma a melhorar a intervenção da Fisioterapia. Amostra: Participaram 50 indivíduos, 24 no Grupo Edema e 26 no Grupo Controlo. Materiais e métodos: Foi realizado um estudo transversal, comparativo e correlacional, utilizando-...

  15. Acupunctura em neurologia veterinária de animais de companhia

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    Caetano, Cristina dos Santos Rosa

    2014-01-01

    Dissertação de Mestrado Integrado em Medicina Veterinária, Ciências Veterinárias A acupunctura é uma forma de terapia baseada na Medicina Tradicional Chinesa, que consiste na introdução de agulhas finas na pele, desencadeando uma cascata de efeitos fisiológicos locais, regionais ou sistémicos. Apesar de ser amplamente usada no controlo da dor e na fisioterapia, ainda é pouco usada como único método de tratamento. Nesta dissertação são abordados cinco casos clínicos de cães trat...

  16. Desenvolvimento do sistema de controlo de um braço robotizado e respetiva interface com o utilizador

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    Pinto, Fernando Miguel Gomes

    2012-01-01

    A robótica tem evoluído de forma significativa nos últimos anos e passa a ser indispensável em várias aplicações nas áreas da engenharia, aeronáutica, medicina, entre outras. O estado da arte do presente trabalho está dividido em duas partes, uma que aborda vários aspetos relacionados com a robótica e outra com os aspetos da fundamentação matemática por de trás da robótica, porque para controlar o robô é necessário implementar expressões matemáticas para o poder controlar. Neste trabalho é...

  17. Adult phantoms as function of body mass, height and posture by using caucasian anthropomorphic statistics; Fantomas adultos em funcao da massa corporal, da altura e da postura usando estatisticas antropometricas caucasianas

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    Kramer, Richard; Cassola, Vagner Ferreira; Lira, Carlos Alberto Brayner de Oliveira; Khoury, Helen Jamil, E-mail: rkramer@uol.com.b, E-mail: vagner.cassola@gmail.co [Universidade Federal de Pernambuco (UFPE), Recife, PE (Brazil). Dept. de Energia Nuclear; Milian, Felix Mas, E-mail: felix_mas_milian@yahoo.co [Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz (UESC), Ilheus, BA (Brazil). Dept. de Ciencias Exatas e Tecnologia

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    The CALLDose{sub X} 4.0 computer program uses conversion coefficients for the MASH and FASH adult phantoms on the vertical and supine postures, representing the standard man and woman according to ICRP 90 and are called 'basic phantoms'. For improving the representation of real patients in the CALLDose{sub X}, this paper developed adults phantoms as function of mass and height by using anthropometric data from nine of them prevailing caucasian countries

  18. Spinal and supraspinal postural networks.

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    Deliagina, T G; Beloozerova, I N; Zelenin, P V; Orlovsky, G N

    2008-01-01

    Different species maintain a particular body orientation in space (upright in humans, dorsal-side-up in quadrupeds, fish and lamprey) due to the activity of a closed-loop postural control system. We will discuss operation of spinal and supraspinal postural networks studied in a lower vertebrate (lamprey) and in two mammals (rabbit and cat). In the lamprey, the postural control system is driven by vestibular input. The key role in the postural network belongs to the reticulospinal (RS) neurons. Due to vestibular input, deviation from the stabilized body orientation in any (roll, pitch, yaw) plane leads to generation of RS commands, which are sent to the spinal cord and cause postural correction. For each of the planes, there are two groups of RS neurons responding to rotation in the opposite directions; they cause a turn opposite to the initial one. The command transmitted by an individual RS neuron causes the motor response, which contributes to the correction of posture. In each plane, the postural system stabilizes the orientation at which the antagonistic vestibular reflexes compensate for each other. Thus, in lamprey the supraspinal networks play a crucial role in stabilization of body orientation, and the function of the spinal networks is transformation of supraspinal commands into the motor pattern of postural corrections. In terrestrial quadrupeds, the postural system stabilizing the trunk orientation in the transversal plane was analyzed. It consists of two relatively independent sub-systems stabilizing orientation of the anterior and posterior parts of the trunk. They are driven by somatosensory input from limb mechanoreceptors. Each sub-system consists of two closed-loop mechanisms - spinal and spino-supraspinal. Operation of the supraspinal networks was studied by recording the posture-related activity of corticospinal neurons. The postural capacity of spinal networks was evaluated in animals with lesions to the spinal cord. Relative contribution of

  19. Caracterização de isolados de Campylobacter jejuni e Campylobacter coli obtidos de cecos de frangos, em Portugal, no âmbito de um estudo comunitário de prevalência: genotipagem e elucidação dos determinantes associados ao crescimento em biofilme

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    Carreira, Ana Claúdia Nunes

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    Dissertação de mestrado em Sistemas de Prevenção e Controlo Alimentar, apresentada na Escola Superior Agrária de Santarém, Instituto Politécnico de Santarém. A Campilobacteriose é a zoonose mais notificada em países desenvolvidos, sendo Campylobacter jejuni o agente etiológico mais frequente e o consumo da carne de aves um importante factor de risco. A análise dos polimorfismos dos fragmentos de restrição do gene flaA de 112 isolados de C. coli e 67 de C. jejuni, obtidos de frangos de abat...

  20. Cinerama sickness and postural instability

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    Bos, J.E.; Ledegang, W.D.; Lubeck, A.J.A.; Stins, J.F.

    2013-01-01

    Motion sickness symptoms and increased postural instability induced by motion pictures have been reported in a laboratory, but not in a real cinema. We, therefore, carried out an observational study recording sickness severity and postural instability in 19 subjects before, immediately and 45 min af

  1. Control of radiological impacts in deactivated uranium mine - the portuguese experience; Controlo dos impactes radiologicos em minas de uranio desactivadas - a experiencia portuguesa

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    Pereira, Alcides; Neves, Luis, E-mail: apereira@dct.uc.p, E-mail: luis.neves@dct.uc.p [Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal). Dept. de Ciencias da Terra. Instituto do Mar

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    The exploration of radioactive ores occurred in Portugal during around 100 years, and on that period 4370 tons were produced of uranium concentrate, and an estimated total of 13 millions of tons of residues, of various type and variable dangerous grade. From the year 2000 that the government has been performed studies on environmental characterization at the mining areas and remediation project as well. The precise evaluation of the environmental impacts implies the the knowledge of prior work situation, nonexistent for the case of Portuguese mines. This work proposes a methodology for exceeding that limitation focused on selection of area sited at the same metallogenetic province, and considered representative of background. The radiological impacts are checked by the effective dose calculated for reference groups of the exposed population, at this region and in the principal mining area at Portugal (Urgeirica), at the end of exploration and after the finalization of some remediation works

  2. Avaliação da dor aguda em mulheres sujeitas a histeroscopia diagnóstica em regime de ambulatório

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    Oliveira, AM; F. Ferreira; Dantas, F

    2015-01-01

    Objetivos Avaliar a dor aguda em utentes sujeitas a histeroscopia diagnóstica em regime de ambulatório no Hospital Fernando Fonseca. Contribuir para a definição de estratégias de redução da intensidade da dor aguda na realização de histeroscopias diagnósticas em regime de ambulatório. Introdução: A dor é uma experiência única, pessoal e subjectiva. Segundo a circular normativa n.º 11/DSCS/DPCD de 18 de Junho de 2008 da Direcção Geral da Saúde (DGS)o controlo da dor deve ser encarad...

  3. Diabetes, perturbações alimentares e imagem corporal em jovens adultos : estudo exploratório sobre a diabulimia

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    Falcão, Maria Ana Caldeira Rodrigues de Mendonça

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    Tese de mestrado, Psicologia (Secção de Psicologia Clínica e da Saúde, Núcleo de Psicoterapia Cognitivo-Comportamental e Integrativa), Universidade de Lisboa, Faculdade de Psicologia, 2015 Diabulimia é um termo usado recentemente para descrever a omissão intencional de insulina em indivíduos com diabetes tipo 1 como uma estratégia de controlo do peso. Todavia, estes comportamentos não foram ainda estudados na população portuguesa. Assim, o presente estudo tem como objetivos: (1) comparar o...

  4. Influência da adequação postural em cadeira de rodas na função respiratória de pacientes com amiotrofia espinhal tipo II Influence of wheelchair positioning aids on the respiratory function of patients with type II spinal muscular atrophy

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    Luanda André Collange

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    Full Text Available Este estudo visou determinar a influência da adequação postural em cadeira de rodas na função respiratória de pacientes com amiotrofia espinhal tipo II (AME. Doze pacientes (idades entre 7 e 24 anos com diagnóstico de AME II, confirmado por achados clínicos e análise genética, participaram do estudo. Os parâmetros respiratórios - volume minuto (VM, volume corrente (VC, capacidade vital forçada (CVF, pressões inspiratória (PImáx e expiratória (PEmáx máximas e pico de fluxo expiratório (PFE - na cadeira de rodas individual, com adaptações, e em uma cadeira de rodas padrão, isto é, sem reclinação ou inclinação. Os resultados mostram valores melhores estatisticamente significativos de todos os parâmetros respiratórios (VM, p=0,002; VC, p=0,003; CVF, p=0,017; PImáx, p=0,002; PEmáx, p=0,006; e PFE, p=0,007 nas medidas tomadas na cadeira adaptada para a postura adequada. Os resultados permitem concluir que a adequação postural em cadeira de rodas influencia positivamente a função respiratória de pacientes com AME tipo II.This study aimed at determining the influence of adequate wheelchair positioning aids on the respiratory function in spinal muscular atrophy (SMA type II patients. Twelve patients (aged 7 to 24 with SMA diagnosed by clinical findings and confirmed by genetic analysis, who owned wheelchairs with positioning aids, underwent spirometric assessment - as to minute volume (MV, tidal volume (TV, forced vital capacity (FVC, maximum inspiratory (IPmax and expiratory (EPmax pressures, and peak expiratory flow (PEF - both on their own wheelchair and on a standard wheelchair with no recline or tilt. Results show significantly better values in all assessed parameters (MV, p=0.002; TV, p=0.003; FVC, p=0.017; IPmax, p=0.002, EPmax, p=0.006; and PEF, p=0.007 of measures taken at the patient's own chair, with positioning aids. These results allow for concluding that wheelchair positioning aids may positively

  5. POSTUR PADA WANITA HAMIL

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACTIntroduction: Pregnancy effects in changes on all body systems leading to a new balance women and maternal adaptation.Weight gain in pregnant women from both the uterus and breast development generally occurs at the front of the body, butwhen standing they were still able to maintain a posture that does not face. The purpose of this article is to examine thereasons why pregnant women do not fall to front and how the good attitude of the pregnant woman's body.Materials and Methods: Material of this article are literatures related to pregnancy and the pregnant woman's bodyp o s t u r e , a n d t h e y w e r e c o l l e c t e d b y l i t e r a t u r e ' s s t u d y a n d l i t e r a r y s t u d y .Discussion: Increased abdominal distension that makes tilting the pelvis forward, decreased abdominal muscle tone andincrease weight gain in late pregnancy requires a readjustment spinal curvature. Woman's center of gravity shifts forward.Lumbosakrum normal curve should be more curved and the curvature of the servikodorsal be formed to maintain balance.Assessment of anterior view, lateral and posterior body should include an understanding of the physical structures such asjoints and muscles as well as how the meridian pathways. To compensate for the anterior position of the enlarged uterus,lordosis shifting center of gravity to the back of the lower limbs. There is an increased sacroiliac joint mobility,sakrokoksigeal, and pubic joints during pregnancy, possibly due to hormonal changes. Individual assessments will berequired to determine the pattern of muscle for every person, especially for those who have musculoskeletal problems.Conclusions and Recommendations: The size of the stomach in a pregnant woman, then the gravity of the body changes.Body to be biased toward the rear, but this position makes your back hurt. Advice for pregnant women in order to maintainyour posture as follows: head upKeyword : Posture, Pregnancy, Women.

  6. Avaliação do alinhamento postural e do desempenho em atividades funcionais de crianças hemofílicas em idade inferior a sete anos, com e sem sinovite crônica: correlação com a incidência de hemartroses Evaluation of postural alignment and performance in functional activities among hemophilic children under 7 years old with and without chronic synovitis: correlation with hemarthrosis incidence

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    INTRODUÇÃO: A sinovite na hemofilia pode induzir às alterações nos receptores sensitivos e proprioceptivos articulares. Tal efeito favorece a redução de estabilidade e um desalinhamento corporal, podendo comprometer a funcionalidade das crianças acometidas. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o alinhamento postural dos membros inferiores e o desempenho funcional de crianças hemofílicas, relacionando-os com a incidência de hemartroses. MÉTODO: Foi avaliado um grupo experimental (GE) de 28 crianças hemofílicas e...

  7. Stabilizing posture through imagery.

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    Papalia, Eleonora; Manzoni, Diego; Santarcangelo, Enrica L

    2014-01-01

    Abstract In the general population, suppression of vision modulates body sway by increasing the center of pressure (CoP) velocity, while a light fingertip touch reduces the area of the CoP displacement in blindfolded subjects. This study assessed whether imagined fixation and fingertip touch differentially stabilize posture in subjects with high (highs) and low (lows) hypnotizability. Visual and tactile imageries were ineffective in lows. In highs, the effects of visual imagery could not be evaluated because the real information was ineffective; real tactile stimulation was effective only on velocity, but the imagery effects could not be definitely assessed owing to low effect size. The highs' larger variability could account for this and represents the most important finding.

  8. The effect of asymmetry of posture on anticipatory postural adjustments.

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    Aruin, Alexander S

    2006-06-19

    The study investigates the effect of body asymmetry on anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs). Subjects performed a task involving a standard load release induced by a shoulder abduction movement while standing symmetrically or in an asymmetrical stance with either their right or left leg in 45 degrees of external rotation. EMG activities of trunk and leg muscles were recorded during the postural perturbation and were quantified within the time intervals typical of APAs. Anticipatory postural adjustments were observed in all experimental conditions. It was found that asymmetrical body positioning was associated with significant asymmetrical patterns of APAs seen in the right and left distal muscles. These APA asymmetries were dependant upon the side in which the body asymmetry was induced: reduced APAs were observed in the leg muscles on the side of leg rotation, while increased APAs were seen in the muscles on the contralateral side. These findings stress the important role that body asymmetries play in the control of upright posture.

  9. Correlação entre postura da cabeça, intensidade da dor e índice de incapacidade cervical em mulheres com queixa de dor cervical Correlation between head posture, pain and disability index neck in women with complaints of neck pain

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    Juliana Corrêa Soares

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available A dor cervical é o sintoma mais comum das disfunções cervicais, frequentemente relacionado à manutenção de posturas inadequadas. As alterações posturais da cabeça estão associadas à ocorrência de dor cervical, sendo a anteriorização a alteração mais comum. O objetivo foi investigar a correlação entre postura da cabeça, intensidade da dor e índice de incapacidade cervical - neck disability index (NDI. O grupo estudo (GE foi composto por mulheres na faixa entre 20 e 50 anos com queixas de dor cervical por mais de três meses, e o grupo controle (GC, por mulheres assintomáticas. A intensidade da dor foi avaliada pela escala visual analógica (EVA, a incapacidade pelo NDI e a postura da cabeça pelo ângulo craniovertebral (CV. A normalidade dos dados foi verificada pelo teste de Lilliefors, e a comparação entre os grupos pelo teste t de Student para amostras independentes e a associação entre as variáveis pela correlação de Spearman. O nível de significância foi de 5%. O GE apresentou médias menores para o ângulo CV (p=0,02. O ângulo CV demonstrou correlação negativa com a EVA (r=-0,48 e o NDI (r=-0,15, sugerindo que quanto menor o ângulo, maior a intensidade da dor e a incapacidade cervical. O NDI e a EVA apresentaram correlação positiva (r=0,59. O ângulo CV em indivíduos com dor cervical foi significativamente menor que em assintomáticos, apresentando correlação moderada com o NDI e a dor.Neck pain is the most common symptom of cervical dysfunctions often being related to the maintenance of postures. Postural changes of the head are often associated with the occurrence of neck pain with an anterior approach was the most frequent. The purpose was to investigate the correlation between head posture, pain intensity and neck disability index. The study group (SG was composed of women, aged between 20 and 50 years who complained of neck pain for more than three months, and the control group (CG for

  10. Body posture and postural stability of people practicing qigong

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    Jacek Wilczyński

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Correct and stable posture is essential for the implementation of the majority of voluntary movements and locomotion. The study of postural stability is an element of clinical trials evaluating physical activity in order to determine the optimal therapeutic procedures. Qigong exercises are not only a form of prevention, helpful in maintaining wellbeing, but also a means of therapy in many diseases, including disorders of postural stability. Aim of the research: To analyse the association between the quality of posture and postural stability of people practicing qigong. Material and methods : The study involved 32 people. The mean age of those tested was 54 years. Posture study used optoelectronic method Diers formetric III 4D. Postural stability was tested on the platform Biodex Balance System. The studies were performed at the Posture Laboratory of the Institute of Physiotherapy at Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce. Results and conclusions : Spearman rank order correlation showed a positive correlation of relative rotation of the spine area with a general indicator of stability (p = 0.0206 at an average level (R = 0.4075 and with the index of the stability A/P (p = 0.0310, although at a lower level (R = 0.3819. With the increase in the relative rotation of the spine area the overall stability indicator and stability indicator A/P also increased. Significant positive correlations were also seen for the surface rotation (+max and a general indication of the stability and the stability index A/P. With the increase of surface rotation (+max of the spine the overall stability indicator and stability indicator A/P also increased.

  11. The organization of anticipatory postural adjustments

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    Aruin Alexander S.

    2002-01-01

    Central control of posture is expressed through anticipatory and compensatory postural adjustments. Anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs) precede planned postural perturbations and minimize them with anticipatory corrections, while compensatory postural adjustments deal with actual perturbations of balance that occur as a result of suboptimal efficiency of anticipatory corrections. The process of generation of APAs is affected by three major factors: expected magnitude and direction of the...

  12. Imaging Posture Veils Neural Signals

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    Thibault, Robert T.; Raz, Amir

    2016-01-01

    Whereas modern brain imaging often demands holding body positions incongruent with everyday life, posture governs both neural activity and cognitive performance. Humans commonly perform while upright; yet, many neuroimaging methodologies require participants to remain motionless and adhere to non-ecological comportments within a confined space. This inconsistency between ecological postures and imaging constraints undermines the transferability and generalizability of many a neuroimaging assay. Here we highlight the influence of posture on brain function and behavior. Specifically, we challenge the tacit assumption that brain processes and cognitive performance are comparable across a spectrum of positions. We provide an integrative synthesis regarding the increasingly prominent influence of imaging postures on autonomic function, mental capacity, sensory thresholds, and neural activity. Arguing that neuroimagers and cognitive scientists could benefit from considering the influence posture wields on both general functioning and brain activity, we examine existing imaging technologies and the potential of portable and versatile imaging devices (e.g., functional near infrared spectroscopy). Finally, we discuss ways that accounting for posture may help unveil the complex brain processes of everyday cognition.

  13. Imaging Posture Veils Neural Signals

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    Robert T Thibault

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Whereas modern brain imaging often demands holding body positions incongruent with everyday life, posture governs both neural activity and cognitive performance. Humans commonly perform while upright; yet, many neuroimaging methodologies require participants to remain motionless and adhere to non-ecological comportments within a confined space. This inconsistency between ecological postures and imaging constraints undermines the transferability and generalizability of many a neuroimaging assay.Here we highlight the influence of posture on brain function and behavior. Specifically, we challenge the tacit assumption that brain processes and cognitive performance are comparable across a spectrum of positions. We provide an integrative synthesis regarding the increasingly prominent influence of imaging postures on autonomic function, mental capacity, sensory thresholds, and neural activity. Arguing that neuroimagers and cognitive scientists could benefit from considering the influence posture wields on both general functioning and brain activity, we examine existing imaging technologies and the potential of portable and versatile imaging devices (e.g., functional near infrared spectroscopy. Finally, we discuss ways that accounting for posture may help unveil the complex brain processes of everyday cognition.

  14. Influência da adequação postural em cadeira de rodas na função respiratória de pacientes com distrofia muscular de Duchenne Influence of wheelchair positioning aids on the respiratory function of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy

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    Carolina Oliveira Rodini

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a influência da adequação postural em cadeira de rodas na função respiratória de pacientes com distrofia muscular de Duchenne (DMD. Participaram 12 pacientes com diagnóstico de DMD e que possuíam cadeira de rodas adaptada com idade variando de 10 a 22 anos. Cada indivíduo foi avaliado na própria cadeira de rodas e em uma cadeira de rodas padrão, ou seja, sem reclinação ou tilt. As cadeiras dos participantes possuíam adaptações no encosto e no assento, confeccionados de acordo com as especificidades de cada paciente. A avaliação consistiu em mensurar o volume minuto (VM, volume corrente (VC, capacidade vital forçada (CVF, pressões inspiratória (PImax e expiratória (PEmax máximas e pico de fluxo expiratório (PFE. Para análise dos dados, foi utilizado o teste t pareado, adotando-se o nível de significância de 0,05. As adaptações resultaram em melhores valores estatisticamente significativos de todos os parâmetros respiratórios: VM (8.963,3 e 10.762,5 mL/min; p=0,028, VC (319,1 e 433,6 mL; p=0,005, CVF (1.476,3 e 1.850 mL; p=0,005, PImax (-41,2 e -51,2 cmH2O; p=0,022, PEmax (29,6 e 36,7 cmH2O; p=0,004 e PFE (162,1 e 185 L/min; p=0,018. Nossos resultados sugerem que a adequação postural em cadeira de rodas influenciou positivamente a função respiratória de pacientes com DMD.The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of wheelchair positioning aids on the respiratory function of patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD. Twelve non-ambulatory DMD patients, between 10 to 22 years of age, were evaluated. They were assessed in their adapted wheelchairs and in a standard wheelchair without tilt or reclining. The wheelchairs of the participants possessed adaptations in the backrest and the seat, made according to the specifics of each patient. Minute volume (MV, tidal volume (TV, forced vital capacity (FVC, maximum inspiratory (MIP and expiratory pressures (MEP and

  15. Efeito da colocação da órtese Pediasuit na oscilação postural durante a atividade de alcance manual na postura sentada em crianças com paralisia cerebral

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    Crianças com Paralisia cerebral (PC) apresentam limitações nos componentes da estrutura e função do corpo, na participação social e na execução de atividades, sendo uma destas atividades o alcance manual. A partir dessa evidência houve o interesse em realizar o Estudo I, uma revisão sistemática que objetivou reunir estudos que avaliaram o alcance em crianças com PC para identificar as variáveis analisadas, rever e discutir suas descobertas. Constatouse que crianças com PC apresentam limi...

  16. Efeito da equoterapia na estabilidade postural de portadores de esclerose múltipla: estudo preliminar Efecto de la hipoterapia en la estabilidad postural de portadores de esclerosis múltiple: estudio preliminar Effect of hippotherapy on the postural stability of patients with multiple sclerosis: a preliminary study

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    Karla Mendonça Menezes; Fernando Copetti; Matheus Joner Wiest; Cláudia Morais Trevisan; Aron Ferreira Silveira

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    OBJETIVO: Este estudo se propôs a verificar se a estimulação por meio da equoterapia é capaz de desencadear alterações no controle postural de portadores de esclerose múltipla (EM). MÉTODO: Fizeram parte deste estudo 11 portadores de EM divididos em Grupo Intervenção (GI) e Grupo Controle (GC). O GI foi inserido num programa de hipoterapia durante 4 meses, sendo conduzidas 2 sessões semanais com duração de 50 minutos cada. A estabilidade postural foi avaliada utilizando uma plataforma de forç...

  17. Postural threat influences conscious perception of postural sway.

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    Cleworth, Taylor W; Carpenter, Mark G

    2016-05-04

    This study examined how changes in threat influenced conscious perceptions of postural sway. Young healthy adults stood on a forceplate mounted to a hydraulic lift placed at two heights (0.8m and 3.2m). At each height, subjects stood quietly with eyes open and eyes closed for 60s. Subjects were instructed to either stand normal, or stand normal and track their perceived sway in the antero-posterior plane by rotating a hand-held potentiometer. Participants reported an increased level of fear, anxiety, arousal and a decreased level of balance confidence when standing at height. In addition, postural sway amplitude decreased and frequency increased at height. However, there were no effects of height on perceived sway. When standing under conditions of increased postural threat, sway amplitude is reduced, while sway perception appears to remain unchanged. Therefore, when threat is increased, sensory gain may be increased to compensate for postural strategies that reduce sway (i.e. stiffening strategy), thereby ensuring sufficient afferent information is available to maintain, or even increase the conscious perception of postural sway. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. The influence of different sitting postures on head/neck posture and muscle activity.

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    Caneiro, Joao Paulo; O'Sullivan, Peter; Burnett, Angus; Barach, Avi; O'Neil, David; Tveit, Orjan; Olafsdottir, Karolina

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    To date the influence that specific sitting posture has on the head/neck posture and cervico-thoracic muscle activity has been insufficiently investigated. Therefore the aim of this study was to investigate whether three different thoraco-lumbar sitting postures affect head/neck posture and cervico-thoracic muscle activity. Twenty (10 men, 10 women) asymptomatic subjects were placed in 3 standardized thoraco-lumbar sitting postures (lumbo-pelvic, thoracic upright and slump) to investigate their influence on cervico-thoracic muscle activity and head/neck posture. There were significant differences in lumbar and thoracic curvatures in the 3 different sitting postures (Ppostures (P=0.015). Upper trapezius (UT) demonstrated no significant difference in muscle activation in the 3 sitting postures (Ppostures affect head/neck posture and cervico-thoracic muscle activity. It highlights the potential importance of thoraco-lumbar spine postural adjustment when training head/neck posture.

  19. Common postural defects among music students.

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    Blanco-Piñeiro, Patricia; Díaz-Pereira, M Pino; Martínez, Aurora

    2015-07-01

    Postural quality during musical performance affects both musculoskeletal health and the quality of the performance. In this study we examined the posture of 100 students at a Higher Conservatory of Music in Spain. By analysing video tapes and photographs of the students while performing, a panel of experts extracted values of 11 variables reflecting aspects of overall postural quality or the postural quality of various parts of the body. The most common postural defects were identified, together with the situations in which they occur. It is concluded that most students incur in unphysiological postures during performance. It is hoped that use of the results of this study will help correct these errors.

  20. Alterações cinemáticas da pélvis e dos parâmetros electromiográficos dos músculos do tronco (recto do abdómen e iliocostal), durante a marcha, em sujeitos com lombalgia

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    Coutinho, António; Filipe, V.

    2015-01-01

    Objectivos: Analisar as diferenças na osteocinemática da pélvis e parâmetros electromiograficos (EMG) dos iliocostais (IC) e rectos do abdómen (RA) num grupo com lombalgia e um grupo de control, durante a marcha. Relevância: É importante perceber se existem alterações da actividade muscular e da osteocinemática da pélvis no plano sagital durante as fases da marcha (apoio e balanço) em indivíduos com lombalgia em relação ao do grupo de controlo. Amostra: Trata-se de um estudo...

  1. Estudo preliminar da influência da música nos mecanismos fisiológicos dos sistemas cardiovascular, respiratório e nervoso central em indivíduos da espécie Felis catus sob anestesia geral

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    Mira, Filipa Isabel Marques

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    Dissertação de Mestrado Integrado em Medicina Veterinária Vários estudos em medicina humana têm sido publicados sobre a efetividade da música na melhoria do doente no cenário cirúrgico, apresentando um controlo da ansiedade peri-operatória e da ativação do sistema nervoso autónomo a ela associada. O presente estudo foi realizado numa amostra de 12 indivíduos da espécie Felis catus (n=12) do género feminino, submetidos a cirurgia do tipo ovariohisterectomia eletiva. O estudo teve como objet...

  2. Influência da hidrocinesioterapia no equilíbrio postural de idosas institucionalizadas

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    Estele Caroline Welter Meereis

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a influência de um programa de hidrocinesioterapia em piscina rasa no equilíbrio postural de idosas institucionalizadas. Participaram do estudo 8 idosas institucionalizadas com média de idade de 62,95 ± 2,87 anos. O equilíbrio postural foi avaliado por meio de uma plataforma de força. Foram realizadas 3 tentativas em cada condição do teste de organização sensorial (TOS previamente e posteriormente a intervenção de hidrocinesioterapia em piscina rasa. As variáveis analisadas foram: amplitude de deslocamento do centro de pressão (COP na direção ântero-posterior, médio-lateral e velocidade de deslocamento do COP. Foi aplicado o teste Wilcoxon para a comparação entre as avaliações pré e pós a intervenção. Foi observada uma melhora no controle postural após a intervenção, visto que ocorreu diminuição do deslocamento do centro de pressão, principalmente na direção ântero-posterior. Para o grupo de idosas institucionalizadas participantes deste estudo, a hidrocinesioterapia realizada em piscina rasa foi capaz de melhorar o equilíbrio postural.

  3. Proposta de atuação fisioterapêutica em uma criança com síndrome de Angelman, enfatizando o equilíbrio postural: estudo de caso Propuesta de actuación fisioterapéutica en un niño con Síndrome de Angelman, enfatizando el equilibrio postural: estudio de caso Proposal for a physical therapy program in a child with Angelman syndrome, emphasizing postural balance: a case study

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    A síndrome de Angelman (SA) é caracterizada por alterações neuromotoras como marcha atáxica e atraso na aquisição de habilidades motoras, porém são escassos os estudos investigando o efeito de intervenções aplicadas a essa população. O objetivo do estudo foi verificar o efeito de um treino de equilíbrio em uma criança com SA. Participou do estudo uma criança de nove anos de idade com diagnóstico de SA, sexo feminino. Foi aplicado um protocolo para treino de equilíbrio por oito semanas, com fr...

  4. Dynamic Control of Posture Across Locomotor Tasks

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    Earhart, Gammon M.

    2013-01-01

    Successful locomotion depends on postural control to establish and maintain appropriate postural orientation of body segments relative to one another and to the environment, and to ensure dynamic stability of the moving body. This paper provides a framework for considering dynamic postural control, highlighting the importance of coordination, consistency, and challenges to postural control posed by various locomotor tasks such as turning and backward walking. The impacts of aging and various ...

  5. Functional Neuroanatomy for Posture and Gait Control

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    Takakusaki, Kaoru

    2017-01-01

    Here we argue functional neuroanatomy for posture-gait control. Multi-sensory information such as somatosensory, visual and vestibular sensation act on various areas of the brain so that adaptable posture-gait control can be achieved. Automatic process of gait, which is steady-state stepping movements associating with postural reflexes including headeye coordination accompanied by appropriate alignment of body segments and optimal level of postural muscle tone, is mediated by the descending p...

  6. Postural discomfort and perceived exertion in standardized box-holding postures.

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    Olendorf, M R; Drury, C G

    2001-12-15

    To help in the design or redesign of workplaces it would be helpful to know in advance the postural stress consequences of a wide range of body postures. This experiment evaluated 168 postures chosen to represent those in the Ovako Working-posture Analysing System (OWAS) using Rated Perceived Exertion (RPE) and Body Part Discomfort (BPD) measures. The postures comprised all combinations of three arm postures, four back postures, seven leg postures and two forces (weights of held boxes). Twelve male subjects held each posture for a fixed duration (20 s) before providing RPE and BPD ratings. Analysis of the ratings gave highly significant main effects, with the major driver being the object weight. As each factor was varied, the largest effect was on the body region corresponding to that factor. A simple main-effects-only additive model explained 91% of the variance of RPE means for the postures.

  7. Measuring Postural Sway in Sitting

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    Curtis, Derek John; Hansen, Lisbeth; Luun, Malene

    2015-01-01

    group appeared to result from an equally stable trunk supported on a less stable pelvis. Mediolateral marker sway and intersegmental angular sway showed a clearer age dependency. Trunk postural control does not appear to differ between children older and younger than 10 years old, but sagittal plane...... and younger than 10 years old, participated in this study. The children sat unsupported for 30 s while their posture and sway were quantified using stereophotogrammetry. The tendency in both age groups was to sit with a backward tilted pelvis and a kyphotic trunk. The sitting position was most varied...

  8. Postural ortostatisk takykardi-syndrom

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    Brinth, Louise; Pors, Kirsten; Mehlsen, Jesper

    2015-01-01

    Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a heterogeneous condition of dysautonomia and suspected autoimmunity characterized by abnormal increments in heart rate upon assumption of the upright posture accompanied by symptoms of cerebral hypoperfusion and sympathoexcitation. An increase...... in heart rate equal to or greater than 30 bpm or to levels higher than 120 bpm during a head-up tilt test is the main diagnostic criterion. Management includes both non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment focusing on stress management, volume expansion and heart rate control....

  9. A pinned polymer model of posture control

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    Chow, C C; Chow, Carson C; Collins, J J

    1995-01-01

    A phenomenological model of human posture control is posited. The dynamics are modelled as an elastically pinned polymer under the influence of noise. The model accurately reproduces the two-point correlation functions of experimental posture data and makes predictions for the response function of the postural control system. The physiological and clinical significance of the model is discussed.

  10. Postural Control in Children with Autism.

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    Kohen-Raz, Reuven; And Others

    1992-01-01

    Postural control was evaluated in 91 autistic, 166 normal, and 18 mentally retarded children using a computerized posturographic procedure. In comparison to normal children, the autistic subjects were less likely to exhibit age-related changes in postural performance, and postures were more variable and less stable. (Author/JDD)

  11. Respostas posturais à perturbação externa inesperada em judocas de diferentes níveis de habilidade Respuestas de postura frente a la perturbación externa inesperada en practicantes de judo de diferentes niveles de destreza Postural responses to unexpected external perturbance in judoists of different ability levels

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    Sheylla Kyoko Yoshitomi

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available O judô é uma modalidade esportiva na qual é requerido o controle eficiente do equilíbrio pelo atleta, por estar constantemente sujeito a movimentos inesperados impostos por seus adversários. Este estudo teve o objetivo de analisar as respostas posturais a uma perturbação externa inesperada de judocas (n = 20 em dois níveis de habilidade (faixas marrom e verde e de um grupo de participantes não-atletas (n = 10. Uma perturbação externa posterior (PEP foi aplicada através de uma tração horizontal ao dorso do participante, utilizando-se de um sistema de polia fixa. A PEP foi removida inesperada e rapidamente, provocando a resposta postural de interesse. Os deslocamentos do centro de pressão (CP foram obtidos através de uma plataforma de força. As respostas posturais foram analisadas em oito intervalos de 1s (t1 a t8, iniciando-se no momento da liberação da PEP. As médias das velocidades e das posições do CP, na direção ântero-posterior, foram os principais parâmetros utilizados para analisar as respostas posturais na recuperação do equilíbrio. Análise de variância (ANOVA com medidas repetidas para dois fatores (grupo x intervalo, seguida pelo pós-teste de Student Newman-Keuls (p El judo es una modalidad deportiva en la que se requiere el control eficiente del equilibrio por parte del atleta, por estar constantemente sujeto a movimientos inesperados impuestos por sus adversarios. Este estudio ha tenido el objetivo de analizar las respuestas de postura frente a la perturbación externa inesperada de los practicantes de judo (n = 20 en dos niveles de destreza (cinturón marrón y verde y el de un grupo de participantes no atletas (n = 10. Una perturbación externa posterior (PEP fue aplicada a través de una tracción horizontal al dorso del participante, usándose un sistema de polea fija. La PEP fue removida inesperada y rápidamente provocando la respuesta de postura de interés. Los desplazamientos del centro de

  12. Lidar com a variância em produção conserveira

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    Mestrado em Gestão e Estratégia Industrial Nos tempos actuais, não basta ser rentável, há que criar uma cultura de melhoria contínua de forma a garantir a sustentabilidade futura do negócio. O Projecto proposto pretende pois estudar métodos e técnicas de planeamento e controlo da produção em ambientes de incerteza numa indústria conserveira de atum, de modo a maximizar o cumprimento do plano de produção e optimizar os recursos disponíveis. Deste modo integraram-se algumas incertezas no MRP...

  13. Perfil psicológico e sua importância no rendimento em vela

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    Helder Miguel Fernandes

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Os principais estudos realizados no contexto da Vela ligeira têm-se centrado em parâmetros fisiológicos e no processo de tomada de decisão. O presente estudo tem como objectivos, identificar os principais factores psicológicos evidenciados pelos velejadores e determinar quais aqueles que permitem predizer o rendimento em Vela. Para tal, 43 jovens velejadores (32 rapazes e 11 raparigas com idades compreendidas entre os 10 e os 15 anos de idade (M= 12.86, SD= 1.39 preencheram o Perfil Psicológico de Prestação. Os procedimentos estatísticos utilizados foram o teste t de Student, e a regressão linear múltipla. Os factores mais evidenciados pelos velejadores foram a motivação e a autoconfiança. Contudo, revela-se como essencial o controlo do negativismo, na medida em que foi a única variável que distinguiu os melhores velejadores (top-10 dos restantes e foi o factor com menor valor médio. As únicas variáveis psicológicas que permitiram definir o rendimento em Vela ligeira, foram a visualização e a motivação, evidenciando-se a importância destas variáveis na diminuição de erros, definição espacial do campo de regatas, controlo atencional e melhoria auto-referenciada.

  14. Gait, posture and cognition in Parkinson's disease

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    Alessandra Ferreira Barbosa

    Full Text Available ABSTRACT Gait disorders and postural instability are the leading causes of falls and disability in Parkinson's disease (PD. Cognition plays an important role in postural control and may interfere with gait and posture assessment and treatment. It is important to recognize gait, posture and balance dysfunctions by choosing proper assessment tools for PD. Patients at higher risk of falling must be referred for rehabilitation as early as possible, because antiparkinsonian drugs and surgery do not improve gait and posture in PD.

  15. Visual Vection does not Perturb Squatting Posture

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    Dietrich Gilles

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Vision contributes fundamentally to the control of the standing posture. The illusion of self motion falsely perceived (vection increases postural sway while standing. In this paper we examine the effect of vection on both standing and deep squatting with the hypothesis that the squatting posture should not be disturbed by the conflict of sensory information due to vection. The results show that standing posture only was affected by the visual stimuli. The widespread use of squatting for work as well as rest could be due in part to this lack of effect of sensory perturbation on postural stability.

  16. Postural analysis of nursing work.

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    Hignett, S

    1996-06-01

    Back pain in the nursing profession is an acknowledged wide spread occupational hazard. This study used OWAS (Ovako Working posture Analysis System) to measure the severity of the working postures adopted by nurses on Care of the Elderly wards when carrying out manual handling operations for animate and inanimate loads. Twenty-six nurses were observed on 31 occasions to obtain 4299 observations, these data were collected and processed using the OWASCO and OWASAN programs, and then analysed by grouping the results into defined patient (animate) handling and non-patient (inanimate) handling tasks. A statistical comparison was made between the two groups using the percentage of action categories two, three and four, to the total number of action categories. A significant difference (p < 0.05) was found, demonstrating that the percentage of harmful postures adopted during patient handling tasks was significantly higher than during non-patient handling tasks. This high level of postural stress and the poor track record of risk management within the Health Care Industry leads to the recommendation that an attitudinal change is needed to successfully address and reduce the manual handling burden which is currently being carried by the nursing staff.

  17. Avaliação do alinhamento postural e do desempenho em atividades funcionais de crianças hemofílicas em idade inferior a sete anos, com e sem sinovite crônica: correlação com a incidência de hemartroses Evaluation of postural alignment and performance in functional activities among hemophilic children under 7 years old with and without chronic synovitis: correlation with hemarthrosis incidence

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    GA Galante

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: A sinovite na hemofilia pode induzir às alterações nos receptores sensitivos e proprioceptivos articulares. Tal efeito favorece a redução de estabilidade e um desalinhamento corporal, podendo comprometer a funcionalidade das crianças acometidas. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o alinhamento postural dos membros inferiores e o desempenho funcional de crianças hemofílicas, relacionando-os com a incidência de hemartroses. MÉTODO: Foi avaliado um grupo experimental (GE de 28 crianças hemofílicas e um grupo controle (GC de 20 crianças sem hemofilia. O GE foi dividido de acordo com o grau de comprometimento articular: 16 crianças no grupo sem sinovite crônica (GSS e 12 no grupo com sinovite crônica (GCS. Cada grupo foi subdividido por faixa etária: 3-4 anos, 5-6 anos, 7 anos. A avaliação consistiu da análise do alinhamento dos ângulos do joelho e do tornozelo através do programa Geometer Sketchpad. O desempenho das atividades funcionais foi avaliado através de testes modificados a partir do Exame Neurológico Evolutivo de Lefévre. RESULTADOS: Foi constatado que a média dos sangramentos dos hemofílicos aumenta com a idade (pGSS, (pGC e GSS>GCS, (pINTRODUCTION: Synovitis associated with hemophilia may induce abnormalities in the proprioceptive and sensory receptors of joints. This favors decreased stability and body misalignment and may compromise the functional abilities of children affected by this condition. OBJECTIVE: To assess the lower limb postural alignment and functional performance of hemophilic children, and correlate this with the incidence of hemarthrosis. METHOD: An experimental group of 28 hemophilic children and a control group (CG of 20 children without hemophilia were evaluated. The experimental group was divided according to the degree of joint involvement: 16 children without chronic synovitis (NCS and 12 with chronic synovitis (CS. Each group was subdivided according to age groups: 3-4, 5-6 and 7 years old

  18. Hidroginástica postural: reflexões e ações

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    Welter, Janaine; Welter, Jaqueline; Costa, Vera Regina Pontremóli

    2015-01-01

    A hidroginástica é uma prática de exercício física praticada em todo o mundo e caracteriza-se por ser de baixo impacto. O presente estudo tem como foco de ação o projeto de extensão intitulado “Hidroginástica Postural Inter geracional para todos” que objetiva oferecer um espaço de hidroginástica a comunidade de Santa Maria\\RS. A finalidade desse estudo consiste em relatar a intervenção profissional junto ao projeto de Hidroginástica postural. A metodologia do trabalho consiste em um relato de...

  19. Avaliação do alinhamento postural e do desempenho em atividades funcionais de crianças hemofílicas em idade inferior a sete anos, com e sem sinovite crônica: correlação com a incidência de hemartroses

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    Galante,GA; Azevedo, CSA; Mello, M.; Tanaka, C.; D'Amico,EA

    2006-01-01

    INTRODUÇÃO: A sinovite na hemofilia pode induzir às alterações nos receptores sensitivos e proprioceptivos articulares. Tal efeito favorece a redução de estabilidade e um desalinhamento corporal, podendo comprometer a funcionalidade das crianças acometidas. OBJETIVO: Avaliar o alinhamento postural dos membros inferiores e o desempenho funcional de crianças hemofílicas, relacionando-os com a incidência de hemartroses. MÉTODO: Foi avaliado um grupo experimental (GE) de 28 crianças hemofílicas e...

  20. Does observation of postural imbalance induce a postural reaction?

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Several studies bring evidence that action observation elicits contagious responses during social interactions. However automatic imitative tendencies are generally inhibited and it remains unclear in which conditions mere action observation triggers motor behaviours. In this study, we addressed the question of contagious postural responses when observing human imbalance. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We recorded participants' body sway while they observed a fixation cross (control condition, an upright point-light display of a gymnast balancing on a rope, and the same point-light display presented upside down. Our results showed that, when the upright stimulus was displayed prior to the inverted one, centre of pressure area and antero-posterior path length were significantly greater in the upright condition compared to the control and upside down conditions. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: These results demonstrate a contagious postural reaction suggesting a partial inefficiency of inhibitory processes. Further, kinematic information was sufficient to trigger this reaction. The difference recorded between the upright and upside down conditions indicates that the contagion effect was dependent on the integration of gravity constraints by body kinematics. Interestingly, the postural response was sensitive to habituation, and seemed to disappear when the observer was previously shown an inverted display. The motor contagion recorded here is consistent with previous work showing vegetative output during observation of an effortful movement and could indicate that lower level control facilitates contagion effects.

  1. Postural risk assessment of mechanised firewood processing.

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    Spinelli, Raffaele; Aminti, Giovanni; De Francesco, Fabio

    2017-03-01

    The study assessed the postural risk of mechanised firewood processing with eight machines, representing the main technology solutions available on the market. Assessment was conducted with the Ovako Working posture Analysis System (OWAS) on 1000 still frames randomly extracted from videotaped work samples. The postural risk associated with firewood processing was variable and associated with technology type. Simple, manually operated new machines incurred a higher postural risk compared with semi- or fully automatic machines. In contrast, new semi-automatic and automatic machines were generally free from postural risk. In all cases, attention should be paid to postural risk that may occur during blockage resolution. The study did not cover the postural risk of firewood processing sites as a whole. The study provided useful information for selecting firewood processing machinery and for improving firewood machinery design, as part of a more articulate strategy aimed at enhancing the safety of firewood processing work sites. Practitioner Summary: The postural risk associated with mechanised firewood processing (eg cutting and splitting) depends on the type of equipment. Postural risk is highest (OWAS Action Category 2) with new in-line machines, designed for operation by a single worker. Fully automatic machines present minimum postural risk, except during blockage resolution.

  2. Postural Synergies and Their Development

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    Mark L. Latash

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available The recent developments of a particular approach to analyzing motor synergies based on the principle of motor abundance has allowed a quantitative assessment of multieffector coordination in motor tasks involving anticipatory adjustments to self-triggered postural perturbations and in voluntary posturalsway. This approach, the uncontrolled manifold (UCM hypothesis, is based on an assumption that the central nervous system organizes covariation of elemental variables to stabilize important performance variables in a task-specific manner. In particular, this approach has been used to demonstrate and to assess the emergence of synergies and their modification with motor practice in typical persons and persons with Down syndrome. The framework of the UCM hypothesis allows the formulation of testable hypotheses with respect to developing postural synergies in typically and atypically developing persons.

  3. Postural control in blind subjects

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    Antonio Vinicius Soares

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To analyze postural control in acquired and congenitally blind adults. Methods: A total of 40 visually impaired adults participated in the research, divided into 2 groups, 20 with acquired blindness and 20 with congenital blindness - 21 males and 19 females, mean age 35.8 ± 10.8. The Brazilian version of Berg Balance Scale and the motor domain of functional independence measure were utilized. Results: On Berg Balance Scale the mean for acquired blindness was 54.0 ± 2.4 and 54.4 ± 2.5 for congenitally blind subjects; on functional independence measure the mean for acquired blind group was 87.1 ± 4.8 and 87.3 ± 2.3 for congenitally blind group. Conclusion: Based upon the scale used the results suggest the ability to control posture can be developed by compensatory mechanisms and it is not affected by visual loss in congenitally and acquired blindness.

  4. Computerized Determination of Optimal Postures

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    Coblentz, J. F.; Gueneau, P.; Bonjour, N.

    1986-07-01

    An intelligent system for automatic research of optimal postures in ergonomics has been developed at the Laboratoire d'Anthropologie Appliquee. A dynamic programming algorithm allows the automatic graphic research for an eight degrees of freedom bidimensional model. The different range of motions and acceptable ergonomic intervals are used for each articulation. This method is going to be integrated in the C.A.D. system of ERGODATA.

  5. Postural Control in Deaf Children

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    Amir-Abbas Ebrahimi

    2017-02-01

    Full Text Available This cross-sectional study aimed to determine the reliability of static control evaluation with Synapsys Posturography System (SPS, Marseille, France and to compare the static postural control of deaf children with typically developing children. This study was conducted in 2 phases on 81 children of 7 to 12 years old in Tehran schools. The first phase examined the reliability of static balance evaluation with SPS. In this phase, a total of 12 children with typical development were evaluated and then do a re-test 1 week later. In the second phase, 30 children with profound sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL and high risk in their balance (selected from Baghcheban Schools for the Deaf as the experimental group, and 37 children with typical development (selected randomly from 2 primary schools for girls and boys in District 12 of Tehran Department of Education as control group were enrolled in the study. They were all placed under sensory organization test evaluation. Based on the results of intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC, the unilateral random effects model, test-retest reliability in different sensory conditions, the moderate to excellent results were obtained (ICC between 0.68 and 0.94. Also, the mean displacement of pressure center in all sensory conditions, the limits of stability (LOS area, the overall balance scores, and scores for balance sensory ratio (except the somatosensory ratio of children with typical development were better than the deaf peers (P˂0.05. The SPS has acceptable reliability to evaluate static posture in children between the ages of 7 and 12 years. Furthermore, deaf children as compared to children with typical development had a lower static postural control in all sensory conditions. This finding confirms the need to examine the postural control for identifying the extent of sensory deficit that has caused poor balance function, and also the need for early intervention to address the balance deficit in deaf

  6. Detecting altered postural control after cerebral concussion in athletes with normal postural stability

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    Cavanaugh, J; Guskiewicz, K.; Giuliani, C.; Marshall, S.; Mercer, V; Stergiou, N.

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To determine if approximate entropy (ApEn), a regularity statistic from non-linear dynamics, could detect changes in postural control during quiet standing in athletes with normal postural stability after cerebral concussion.

  7. Posture alters human resting-state.

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    Thibault, Robert T; Lifshitz, Michael; Jones, Jennifer M; Raz, Amir

    2014-09-01

    Neuroimaging is ubiquitous; however, neuroimagers seldom investigate the putative impact of posture on brain activity. Whereas participants in most psychological experiments sit upright, many prominent neuroimaging techniques (e.g., functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)) require participants to lie supine. Such postural discrepancies may hold important implications for brain function in general and for fMRI in particular. We directly investigated the effect of posture on spontaneous brain dynamics by recording scalp electrical activity in four orthostatic conditions (lying supine, inclined at 45°, sitting upright, and standing erect). Here we show that upright versus supine posture increases widespread high-frequency oscillatory activity. Our electroencephalographic findings highlight the importance of posture as a determinant in neuroimaging. When generalizing supine imaging results to ecological human cognition, therefore, cognitive neuroscientists would benefit from considering the influence of posture on brain dynamics.

  8. Development of Postural Muscles and Their Innervation

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    J. IJkema-Paassen

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Control of posture is a prerequisite for efficient motor performance. Posture depends on muscles capable of enduring contractions, whereas movements often require quick, forceful muscle actions. To serve these different goals, muscles contain fibers that meet these different tasks. Muscles with strong postural functions mainly consist of slow muscle fibers with a great resistance against fatigue. Flexor muscles in the leg and arm muscles are mainly composed of fast muscle fibers producing relatively large forces that are rapidly fatigable. Development of the neuromuscular system continues after birth. We discuss in the human baby and in animal experiments changes in muscle fiber properties, regression from polyneural into mononeural innervation, and developmental changes in the motoneurons of postural muscles during that period. The regression of poly-neural innervation in postural muscles and the development of dendrite bundles of their motoneurons seem to be linked to the transition from the immature into the adult-like patterns of moving and postural control.

  9. Postural Stability is Altered by Blood Shift

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    Marais, M.; Denise, P.; Guincetre, J. Y.; Normand, H.

    2008-06-01

    Non-vestibular influences as shift in blood volume changed perception of body posture. Then, factors affecting blood shift may alter postural control. The purpose of our study was to investigate the effects of leg venous contention on postural stability. Twelve subjects were studied on a balance plate for 5 minutes with the eyes closed, in 3 conditions: with no leg venous contention or grade 1 and 3 support stockings. Standard deviation of x and y position was calculated before and after the closure of the eyes. Strong venous contention altered postural stability, after the eyes were closed, during the first 10 s of standing. As support stockings prevent blood shift induced by upright posture, this result is in line with the hypothesis that blood shifts influence the perception of body orientation and postural control among others factors as vision, vestibular inputs... This strong venous contention could induce an increase of fall.

  10. Objective measurement of posture and posture transitions in the pre-school child.

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    Davies, Gwyneth; Reilly, John J; Paton, James Y

    2012-11-01

    Recent evidence suggests that between-individual variation in posture and posture transitions may have important health consequences in adults. The early life development of between-individual variation in posture and posture transitions has not been studied, and the physiological consequences of such variations in childhood are unknown, largely because of the absence of objective methods for measuring posture and posture transitions in young children. This study aimed to examine the objective measurement of posture transitions in pre-school children with the activPAL™ monitor (PAL Technologies, Glasgow). Single-unit activity monitors such as the activPAL™ have a limited output, with data categorized as 'sit/lie', 'stand' or 'walk' and the consequences of this for measurement of posture transitions in young children are unknown. Thirty children (mean age 4.1 years) were videoed for 1 h in nursery while wearing an activPAL™. Video was analysed on a second-by-second basis, with all postures categorized. From direct observation, time spent was sit/lie 46%; stand 35%; walk/run 16%; 3% was spent in heterogeneous non-sit/lie/upright postures (crawl, crouch, and kneel up). Despite these 'non-standard' postures being responsible for a low proportion of time, posture transitions involving them contributed to 34% of total transitions. There was a significant rank-order correlation (r = 0.79, p posture transitions measured by activPAL™ and by direct observation. 'Non-standard' postures in young children are probably not a problem if the aim is to measure total time sedentary or active, and the activPAL™ may measure between-individual variation in transitions adequately in young children. However, non-standard postures may present problems for the detailed characterization of posture transitions in early childhood.

  11. Correlation between Trunk Posture and Neck Reposition Sense among Subjects with Forward Head Neck Postures

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    Han Suk Lee; Hyung Kuk Chung; Sun Wook Park

    2015-01-01

    Objective. To assess the correlation of abnormal trunk postures and reposition sense of subjects with forward head neck posture (FHP). Methods. In all, postures of 41 subjects were evaluated and the FHP and trunk posture including shoulder, scapular level, pelvic side, and anterior tilting degrees were analyzed. We used the head repositioning accuracy (HRA) test to evaluate neck position senses of neck flexion, neck extension, neck right and left side flexion, and neck right and left rotation...

  12. Does forward head posture affect postural control in human healthy volunteers?

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    Silva, Anabela G; Johnson, Mark I

    2013-06-01

    Proprioceptive afferent input from neck muscles plays an important role in postural control. Forward head posture has the potential to impair proprioceptive information from neck muscles and contribute to postural control deficits in patients with neck pain. This study investigated whether induced forward head posture affects postural control in healthy participants when compared to natural head posture. Centre of pressure sway area, distance covered and mean velocity were measured during 30s of static standing using a force platform with 25 healthy individuals (mean age ± SD = 20.76 ± 2.19 years) in 8 different conditions. Base of support, eyes open or closed and natural or forward head posture varied within these testing conditions. The majority of comparisons between natural and forward head posture were not statistically significant (p>0.05). This suggests that induced forward head posture in young healthy adults does not challenge them enough to impair postural control. Future studies should evaluate whether forward head posture affects postural control of individuals with chronic neck pain.

  13. The dentist's operating posture - ergonomic aspects.

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    Pîrvu, C; Pătraşcu, I; Pîrvu, D; Ionescu, C

    2014-06-15

    The practice of dentistry involves laborious high finesse dental preparations, precision and control in executions that require a particular attention, concentration and patience of the dentist and finally the dentist's physical and mental resistance. The optimal therapeutic approach and the success of practice involve special working conditions for the dentist and his team in an ergonomic environment. The meaning of the posture in ergonomics is the manner in which different parts of the body are located and thus the reports are established between them in order to allow a special task execution. This article discusses the posture adopted by dentists when they work, beginning with the balanced posture and going to different variants of posture. The ideal posture of a dentist gives him, on the one hand the optimal working conditions (access, visibility and control in the mouth) and on the other hand, physical and psychological comfort throughout the execution of the clinical acts. Although the theme of dentist posture is treated with great care and often presented in the undergraduate courses and the continuing education courses on ergonomics in dentistry, many dentists do not know the subject well enough nor the theoretical issues and therefore nor the practical applicability. The risk and perspective of the musculoskeletal disorders related to unbalanced postures should determine the dentists take postural corrective actions and compensation measures in order to limit the negative effects of working in a bad posture.

  14. Dynamic control of posture across locomotor tasks.

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    Earhart, Gammon M

    2013-09-15

    Successful locomotion depends on postural control to establish and maintain appropriate postural orientation of body segments relative to one another and to the environment and to ensure dynamic stability of the moving body. This article provides a framework for considering dynamic postural control, highlighting the importance of coordination, consistency, and challenges to postural control posed by various locomotor tasks, such as turning and backward walking. The impacts of aging and various movement disorders on postural control are discussed broadly in an effort to provide a general overview of the field and recommendations for assessment of dynamic postural control across different populations in both clinical and research settings. Suggestions for future research on dynamic postural control during locomotion also are provided and include discussion of opportunities afforded by new and developing technologies, the need for long-term monitoring of locomotor performance in everyday activities, gaps in our knowledge of how targeted intervention approaches modify dynamic postural control, and the relative paucity of literature regarding dynamic postural control in movement disorder populations other than Parkinson's disease.

  15. Education and the Prevention of Postural Defects

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    Full Text Available Purpose. The aim of this study was to determine: whether and at what stage of education is proper body posture learned, the intention of young adults to participate in activities teaching proper posture, and the effects of factors related with the said intention. Methods. The study involved 430 university students aged 18-24 years. Anthropometric data was collected. Participants completed questionnaires assessing physical activity level (IPAQ and their intention to participate in extracurricular activities teaching proper posture while sitting or walking, proper running technique, corrective gymnastics, or weight loss exercises. A self-assessment of posture, physical fitness, attractiveness, and body satisfaction was also completed. Results. Lower back pain was experienced by 41% of the respondents. Most were taught proper posture-related habits in primary school, followed by secondary school, and then at university. Many students expressed their intention to participate in the extracurricular activities. None of the questionnaire variables were associated with the intention to learn proper walking posture or proper running technique. The intention to participate in classes teaching proper sitting posture was associated with lower back pain in women and low physical activity level in men. In women, a relationship was found between the intention to participate in weight loss exercises and body dissatisfaction, high BMI, and poor self-evaluations of posture and attractiveness. In men, this activity was associated with body dissatisfaction. Conclusions. There is a need for further education on the development of proper postural habits at the university level.

  16. Avaliação da importância dos diuréticos no controlo da hipertensão arterial

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    Projeto de Pós-Graduação/Dissertação apresentado à Universidade Fernando Pessoa como parte dos requisitos para obtenção do grau de Mestre em Ciências Farmacêuticas As doenças cardiovasculares são atualmente a principal causa de morte a nível mundial. Factores como a idade, a hereditariedade, o sedentarismo, as dietas ricas em gorduras e sal, o tabagismo, o excesso de consumo de álcool, as dislipidémias e a hipertensão arterial aumentam o risco de desenvolver este tipo de doenças. A hipe...

  17. Postural control in sitting children with cerebral palsy

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    Brogren, E; Hadders-Algra, M; Forssberg, H

    1998-01-01

    Children with cerebral palsy (CP) display postural problems, largely interfering with daily life activities. Clarification of neural mechanisms controlling posture in these children could serve as a base for more successful intervention. Studies on postural adjustments following horizontal forward a

  18. Postural control in sitting children with cerebral palsy

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    Brogren, E; Hadders-Algra, M; Forssberg, H

    1998-01-01

    Children with cerebral palsy (CP) display postural problems, largely interfering with daily life activities. Clarification of neural mechanisms controlling posture in these children could serve as a base for more successful intervention. Studies on postural adjustments following horizontal forward a

  19. Tutores inteligentes para treino de operadores de centros de controlo e condução de redes eléctricas : sistema SPARSE-IT

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    Dissertação apresentada para obtenção do grau de Mestre em Engenharia Electrotécnica e de Computadores, na Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, sob a orientação da Prof. Doutora Zita Maria Almeida do Vale

  20. [Postural examination in daily occlusodontology].

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    Serviere, F

    1989-03-01

    According to the osteopathic and chiropractic concepts, facing a TMJ problem, the practitioner has to determine if the trouble observed in the stomatognatic apparatus is the cause or the effect of the structural problems present anywhere else in the body. The postural examination allows to answer this question. Tow techniques can be used. First a static and dynamic posture test proposed by Bricot. The level of the cranium, the eyes, the shoulders, the wrists, the pelvis and the ankles is analysed, from a front view; from the side, the gravity line is inspected: vertex, auditory meatus, shoulder, hip joint, anterior side of the tibia, ankle joint. The vertical posture can be studied from the front: the arms are held straight and the antero-posterior length between the fingers is measured. From the back, one notes the recoil of the buttocks on one side. An ocular convergence test is performed. Then one uses a Romberg test (oscillation of the body when the eyes are closed), and a Fukuda stepping test. The patient is then asked to bite on a compress, and the same exams are redone. If no change occurs, we are dealing with an ascending problem: the origin of the problem is not the stomatognathic system. The second technique is the Meerssemann test that needs the practice of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing. The patient is lying supine and one tests: the dental occlusion, the two TMJs, the temporal muscles, masseters, pterygoids, sterno-cleido-mastoids, upper tapezius, left and right sacro-iliac joints, psoas muscles bilaterally.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

  1. Neuromechanical tuning of nonlinear postural control dynamics

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    Ting, Lena H.; van Antwerp, Keith W.; Scrivens, Jevin E.; McKay, J. Lucas; Welch, Torrence D. J.; Bingham, Jeffrey T.; DeWeerth, Stephen P.

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    Postural control may be an ideal physiological motor task for elucidating general questions about the organization, diversity, flexibility, and variability of biological motor behaviors using nonlinear dynamical analysis techniques. Rather than presenting "problems" to the nervous system, the redundancy of biological systems and variability in their behaviors may actually be exploited to allow for the flexible achievement of multiple and concurrent task-level goals associated with movement. Such variability may reflect the constant "tuning" of neuromechanical elements and their interactions for movement control. The problem faced by researchers is that there is no one-to-one mapping between the task goal and the coordination of the underlying elements. We review recent and ongoing research in postural control with the goal of identifying common mechanisms underlying variability in postural control, coordination of multiple postural strategies, and transitions between them. We present a delayed-feedback model used to characterize the variability observed in muscle coordination patterns during postural responses to perturbation. We emphasize the significance of delays in physiological postural systems, requiring the modulation and coordination of both the instantaneous, "passive" response to perturbations as well as the delayed, "active" responses to perturbations. The challenge for future research lies in understanding the mechanisms and principles underlying neuromechanical tuning of and transitions between the diversity of postural behaviors. Here we describe some of our recent and ongoing studies aimed at understanding variability in postural control using physical robotic systems, human experiments, dimensional analysis, and computational models that could be enhanced from a nonlinear dynamics approach.

  2. Evaluation of head and neck postures

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    Delleman, N.J.

    2000-01-01

    This paper describes the literature and two experiments on the evaluation of head and neck postures. It is concluded that health and safety professiona1s and ergonomists during posture evaluation should consider neck flexion/extension (head vs. trunk), besides the traditionally used inclination of t

  3. Correcting Poor Posture without Awareness or Willpower

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    Wernik, Uri

    2012-01-01

    In this article, a new technique for correcting poor posture is presented. Rather than intentionally increasing awareness or mobilizing willpower to correct posture, this approach offers a game using randomly drawn cards with easy daily assignments. A case using the technique is presented to emphasize the subjective experience of living with poor…

  4. Postural Variables in Girls Practicing Volleyball

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    Grabara, Malgorzata; Hadzik, Andrzej

    2009-01-01

    Study aim: To assess body posture of young female volleyball players in relation to their untrained mates. Material and methods: A group of 42 volleyball players and another of 43 untrained girls, all aged 13-16 years were studied with respect to their body posture indices by using computer posturography. Spinal angles and curvatures were…

  5. Compromising Postural Balance in the Elderly

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    Swanenburg, Jaap; de Bruin, Eling D.; Uebelhart, Daniel; Mulder, Theo

    2009-01-01

    Background: Additional tasks that are assumed to disturb standing postural control can be divided in added motor or added cognitive tasks. It is unknown which type of task causes the most disturbances of postural control in elderly. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine whether the dual

  6. Compromising Postural Balance in the Elderly

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    Swanenburg, Jaap; de Bruin, Eling D.; Uebelhart, Daniel; Mulder, Theo

    2009-01-01

    Background: Additional tasks that are assumed to disturb standing postural control can be divided in added motor or added cognitive tasks. It is unknown which type of task causes the most disturbances of postural control in elderly. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine whether the dual

  7. Functional Neuroanatomy for Posture and Gait Control.

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    Takakusaki, Kaoru

    2017-01-01

    Here we argue functional neuroanatomy for posture-gait control. Multi-sensory information such as somatosensory, visual and vestibular sensation act on various areas of the brain so that adaptable posture-gait control can be achieved. Automatic process of gait, which is steady-state stepping movements associating with postural reflexes including headeye coordination accompanied by appropriate alignment of body segments and optimal level of postural muscle tone, is mediated by the descending pathways from the brainstem to the spinal cord. Particularly, reticulospinal pathways arising from the lateral part of the mesopontine tegmentum and spinal locomotor network contribute to this process. On the other hand, walking in unfamiliar circumstance requires cognitive process of postural control, which depends on knowledges of self-body, such as body schema and body motion in space. The cognitive information is produced at the temporoparietal association cortex, and is fundamental to sustention of vertical posture and construction of motor programs. The programs in the motor cortical areas run to execute anticipatory postural adjustment that is optimal for achievement of goal-directed movements. The basal ganglia and cerebellum may affect both the automatic and cognitive processes of posturegait control through reciprocal connections with the brainstem and cerebral cortex, respectively. Consequently, impairments in cognitive function by damages in the cerebral cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum may disturb posture-gait control, resulting in falling.

  8. Functional Neuroanatomy for Posture and Gait Control

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    Kaoru Takakusaki

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    Full Text Available Here we argue functional neuroanatomy for posture- gait control. Multi-sensory information such as somatosensory, visual and vestibular sensation act on various areas of the brain so that adaptable posture- gait control can be achieved. Automatic process of gait, which is steady-state stepping movements associating with postural reflexes including headeye coordination accompanied by appropriate alignment of body segments and optimal level of postural muscle tone, is mediated by the descending pathways from the brainstem to the spinal cord. Particularly, reticulospinal pathways arising from the lateral part of the mesopontine tegmentum and spinal locomotor network contribute to this process. On the other hand, walking in unfamiliar circumstance requires cognitive process of postural control, which depends on knowledges of self-body, such as body schema and body motion in space. The cognitive information is produced at the temporoparietal association cortex, and is fundamental to sustention of vertical posture and construction of motor programs. The programs in the motor cortical areas run to execute anticipatory postural adjustment that is optimal for achievement of goal-directed movements. The basal ganglia and cerebellum may affect both the automatic and cognitive processes of posturegait control through reciprocal connections with the brainstem and cerebral cortex, respectively. Consequently, impairments in cognitive function by damages in the cerebral cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum may disturb posture-gait control, resulting in falling.

  9. Current World Geostrategic Posture and Its Prospect

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    Lin Limin

    2004-01-01

    @@ Being affected by Iraq war, the Korean nuclear crisis, the readjustment of the U.S. military strategy and in-depth development of terrorism and anti-terrorist struggles, the world geostrategic posture has undergone great changes. To observe and analyze these new changes will help us better understand the future trends of the world geostrategic posture.

  10. Functional Neuroanatomy for Posture and Gait Control

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    Takakusaki, Kaoru

    2017-01-01

    Here we argue functional neuroanatomy for posture-gait control. Multi-sensory information such as somatosensory, visual and vestibular sensation act on various areas of the brain so that adaptable posture-gait control can be achieved. Automatic process of gait, which is steady-state stepping movements associating with postural reflexes including headeye coordination accompanied by appropriate alignment of body segments and optimal level of postural muscle tone, is mediated by the descending pathways from the brainstem to the spinal cord. Particularly, reticulospinal pathways arising from the lateral part of the mesopontine tegmentum and spinal locomotor network contribute to this process. On the other hand, walking in unfamiliar circumstance requires cognitive process of postural control, which depends on knowledges of self-body, such as body schema and body motion in space. The cognitive information is produced at the temporoparietal association cortex, and is fundamental to sustention of vertical posture and construction of motor programs. The programs in the motor cortical areas run to execute anticipatory postural adjustment that is optimal for achievement of goal-directed movements. The basal ganglia and cerebellum may affect both the automatic and cognitive processes of posturegait control through reciprocal connections with the brainstem and cerebral cortex, respectively. Consequently, impairments in cognitive function by damages in the cerebral cortex, basal ganglia and cerebellum may disturb posture-gait control, resulting in falling. PMID:28122432

  11. Evaluation of head and neck postures

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    Delleman, N.J.

    2000-01-01

    This paper describes the literature and two experiments on the evaluation of head and neck postures. It is concluded that health and safety professiona1s and ergonomists during posture evaluation should consider neck flexion/extension (head vs. trunk), besides the traditionally used inclination of

  12. Posturografia na análise do equilíbrio em crianças com paralisia cerebral: revisão de literatura Posturografía en el análisis del equilibrio en niños con parálisis cerebral: revisión de literatura Posturography in the analysis of postural control in children with cerebral palsy: a literature review

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    Guilherme Henrique Ramos Lopes

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    Full Text Available Crianças com paralisia cerebral (PC apresentam menor equilíbrio postural pelo comprometimento de funções motoras, sensoriais e centrais. Existem diversos protocolos funcionais para análise do equilíbrio, mas poucos estudos têm utilizado a plataforma de força como instrumento de precisão nessa avaliação. O objetivo desta revisão foi identificar artigos publicados que utilizaram essa avaliação em crianças com PC e analisar os protocolos e parâmetros utilizados. Para tanto, foi realizada uma busca nas seguintes bases de dados: LILACS, IBECS, MEDLINE, Biblioteca Cochrane e SciELO, por meio da Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde. Foram encontrados 165 artigos; a partir dos critérios de inclusão e exclusão, foram selecionados 16 artigos. Os estudos mostraram que os parâmetros lineares de deslocamento médio-lateral e anteroposterior do centro de pressão e a razão desses deslocamentos têm sido utilizados com maior frequência, e que o tempo de avaliação na plataforma de força, na maioria dos estudos, não excede os 20 segundos. Foi demonstrado ainda que crianças com desenvolvimento típico apresentam melhor controle postural, e que crianças com PC podem incrementar seu equilíbrio a partir de intervenções específicas, inclusive em plataforma de força.Niños con parálisis cerebral (PC presentan menor equilibrio postural por el compromiso de sus funciones motoras, sensoriales y centrales. Existen diversos protocolos funcionales para el análisis del equilibrio, pero pocos estudios utilizan la plataforma de fuerza como instrumento de precisión en esta evaluación. El objetivo de esta revisión fue identificar artículos publicados que utilizaran esta evaluación en niños con PC y analizar los protocolos y parámetros utilizados. Por lo tanto, fue realizada una búsqueda en las siguientes bases de datos: LILACS, IBECS, MEDLINE, Biblioteca Cochrane y SciELO, por medio de la Biblioteca Virtual en Salud. Fueron encontrados 165 art

  13. Máquinas de injecção de plástico: instalação, protecções e controlo de qualidade

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    Esteves, Paulo José Matos

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    Esta dissertação tem por base o trabalho desenvolvido na empresa Tupperware, que se situa em Montalvo, concelho de Constância, e incide sobre as máquinas de injecção de plástico horizontais utilizadas nesta empresa, em particular o modelo de 550 toneladas (ENGEL ES 4550/550K). Desta máquina fazem parte a unidade de injecção, unidade de fecho e o robot (ERC 63/3-C). Neste trabalho irá ser abordado, por um lado, a instalação da máquina desde o seu transporte até à respectiva colocação na ...

  14. Postural coordination during socio-motor improvisation

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    Mathieu Gueugnon

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    Full Text Available Human interaction often relies on socio-motor improvisation. Creating unprepared movements during social interaction is not a random process but relies on rules of synchronization. These situations do not only involve people to be coordinated, but also require the adjustment of their posture in order to maintain balance and support movements. The present study investigated posture in such a context. More precisely, we first evaluated the impact of amplitude and complexity of arm movements on posture in solo situation. Then, we assessed the impact of interpersonal coordination on posture using the mirror game in which dyads performed improvised and synchronized movements (i.e., duo situation. Posture was measured through ankle-hip coordination in medio-lateral and antero-posterior directions (ML and AP respectively. Our results revealed the spontaneous emergence of in-phase pattern in ML direction and anti-phase pattern in AP direction for solo and duo situations. These two patterns respectively refer to the simultaneous flexion/extension of the ankles and the hips in the same or opposite direction. It suggests different functional roles of postural coordination patterns in each direction, with in-phase supporting task performance in ML (dynamical stability and antiphase supporting postural control in AP (mechanical stability. Although amplitude of movement did not influence posture, movement complexity disturbed postural stability in both directions. Conversely, interpersonal coordination promoted postural stability in ML but not in AP direction. These results are discussed in terms of the difference in coupling strength between ankle-hip coordination and interpersonal coordination.

  15. Postural Coordination during Socio-motor Improvisation.

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    Gueugnon, Mathieu; Salesse, Robin N; Coste, Alexandre; Zhao, Zhong; Bardy, Benoît G; Marin, Ludovic

    2016-01-01

    Human interaction often relies on socio-motor improvisation. Creating unprepared movements during social interaction is not a random process but relies on rules of synchronization. These situations do not only involve people to be coordinated, but also require the adjustment of their posture in order to maintain balance and support movements. The present study investigated posture in such a context. More precisely, we first evaluated the impact of amplitude and complexity of arm movements on posture in solo situation. Then, we assessed the impact of interpersonal coordination on posture using the mirror game in which dyads performed improvised and synchronized movements (i.e., duo situation). Posture was measured through ankle-hip coordination in medio-lateral and antero-posterior directions (ML and AP respectively). Our results revealed the spontaneous emergence of in-phase pattern in ML direction and antiphase pattern in AP direction for solo and duo situations. These two patterns respectively refer to the simultaneous flexion/extension of the ankles and the hips in the same or opposite direction. It suggests different functional roles of postural coordination patterns in each direction, with in-phase supporting task performance in ML (dynamical stability) and antiphase supporting postural control in AP (mechanical stability). Although amplitude of movement did not influence posture, movement complexity disturbed postural stability in both directions. Conversely, interpersonal coordination promoted postural stability in ML but not in AP direction. These results are discussed in terms of the difference in coupling strength between ankle-hip coordination and interpersonal coordination.

  16. Postural control of small for gestational age infants born at term Controle postural de lactentes nascidos a termo pequenos para a idade gestacional

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: This study compared the postural control of small (SGA and appropriate (AGA for gestational age infants born at term, at the ages of 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. METHOD: This was a cohort study of infants born at term, with birth weight less than the 10th percentile for the SGA group and between the 10th and 90th percentiles for the AGA group. Infants with genetic syndromes, malformations, congenital infections and internment in neonatal intensive care unit were excluded. The evaluation instrument was the Alberta Infant Motor Scale. RESULTS: Comparison of the SGA and AGA groups did not show any significant differences (p>0.05 at the assessment times. However, the postural control of the SGA group was influenced by the gestational age (r=-0.83; p= 0.006 and 5th minute Apgar (r= 0.79; p= 0.01 in the 3rd month, and by maternal occupation (r= 0.67; p= 0.01 in the 6th month. CONCLUSION: It was concluded that the postural control was similar in the groups. However, the postural control of the SGA group was influenced by biological and environmental factors.OBJETIVO: Este estudo teve por objetivo comparar o controle postural de lactentes nascidos a termo, pequenos (PIG e adequados para a idade gestacional (AIG nos 3º, 6º, 9º e 12º meses. MÉTODO: Estudo longitudinal de lactentes nascidos a termo, com peso de nascimento menor que o percentil 10 para o grupo PIG e entre o percentil 10 e 90 para o grupo AIG. Síndromes genéticas, más-formações, infecções congênitas e internados em unidade de terapia intensiva neonatal foram excluídos. O instrumento de avaliação foi Alberta Infant Motor Scale. RESULTADOS: A comparação do grupo PIG e AIG não mostrou diferença significativa (p> 0,05 nos meses avaliados. Entretanto, o controle postural do grupo PIG foi influenciado pela idade gestacional (r= -0,83/p= 0,006 e Apgar de 5' (r= 0,79/p= 0,01 no 3º mês; e pela ocupação materna (r= 0,67/p= 0,01 no 6º mês. CONCLUSÃO: Concluiu-se que o

  17. Benefícios de um programa de educação postural para alunos de uma escola municipal de Garibaldi, RS Benefits of a posture education program for schoolchildren in the city of Garibaldi, RS

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    Juliana Benini

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    Full Text Available A fisioterapia tem importante papel no meio escolar, pois estudantes desenvolvem maus hábitos e alteraç��es posturais que, a longo prazo, podem gerar restrição funcional. O objetivo deste estudo foi analisar os efeitos de um programa de educação postural em estudantes do ensino fundamental da cidade de Garibaldi, RS. Participaram 48 alunos com idade entre 8 e 10 anos, que responderam um questionário sobre hábitos posturais e foram submetidos à avaliação de peso, modelo e modo de transporte da mochila antes e após uma sessão educativa; quatro semanas mais tarde foi feita uma reavaliação. Os pais participaram do estudo respondendo um questionário sobre a postura dos filhos. Quanto aos hábitos escolares, constatou-se mudança positiva na adoção de postura adequada dos pés na posição sentada (p=0,001; e, nas atividades de vida diária, mudanças na posição ao ver televisão (pPhysical therapy plays an important role in school, as students develop bad habits and postural dysfunctions which may generate long-term functional restrictions. The aim of this study was to analyse the effects of an educational program on students' posture in Garibaldi, RS. Forty-eight 8-to-10 year-old schoolchildren filled up a questionnaire about postural habits and had their knapsacks assessed as to weight, type and carrying mode, before and after an educational session; a further assessment was made four weeks later. Parents participated by answering a questionnaire on children's posture. Results showed positive changes in feet posture in the sitting position (p=0.001; in daily living activities, better postures or habits were found while watching television (p<0.0001, sleeping (p=0.019, getting objects from the ground (p<0.0001, and reading and/or writing in bed (p=0.002. As to knapsack weight, a significant decrease (p=0,002 was noticed after the session, while neither the model or mode of transport changed. Parents answered that their

  18. Determining the optimal size for posture categories used in video-based posture assessment methods.

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    van Wyk, Paula M; Weir, Patricia L; Andrews, David M; Fiedler, Krysia M; Callaghan, Jack P

    2009-08-01

    Currently, there are no standards for the development of posture classification systems used in observation-based ergonomic posture assessment methods. This study was conducted to determine if an optimal posture category size for different body segments and posture views could be established by examining the trade-off between magnitude of error and the number of posture category misclassification errors made. Three groups (trunk flexion/extension and lateral bend; shoulder flexion/extension and adduction/abduction; elbow flexion/extension) of 30 participants each selected postures they perceived to correctly represent the video image shown on a computer screen. For each view, 10 images were presented for five different posture category sizes, three times each. The optimal posture category sizes established were 30 degrees for trunk, shoulder and elbow flexion/extension, 30 degrees for shoulder adduction/abduction and 15 degrees for trunk lateral bend, suggesting that posture category size should be based on the body segment and view of the image being assessed. Across all conditions, the posture category sizes were comparable to those used in published ergonomic tools.

  19. Avaliação clínica da acidose metabólica : estudo de casos em animais de companhia

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    Andrei, Georgiana Bardaşu

    2014-01-01

    Dissertação de Mestrado Integrado em Medicina Veterinária A acidose metabólica é um desequilíbrio electrolítico muito frequente. O seu controlo e o restabelecimento do equilíbrio electrolítico são parte constante nas urgências veterinárias. Este estudo inclui uma amostra de 31 animais, dos quais 18 cães e 13 gatos. O estudo tem como objectivos a avaliação e reconhecimento das alterações electrolíticas e ácido-básicas em pacientes críticos, classificação do tipo de desequilíbrio e avalia...

  20. Análise comparativa entre avaliação postural visual e por fotogrametria computadorizada Comparative analysis between visual and computerized photogrammetry postural assessment

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    DH Iunes

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Comparar a concordância interobservador da avaliação postural visual e por fotogrametria e verificar se os resultados quantitativos da fotogrametria correspondem à detecção de simetrias e assimetrias pela avaliação postural visual qualitativa. MÉTODOS: Vinte e um voluntários (24±1,9 anos foram inicialmente avaliados visualmente por três fisioterapeutas experientes que preencheram um protocolo de avaliação postural. Em seguida tiveram fotografados a face e o corpo todo nos planos frontal anterior, posterior e sagital. As fotos foram utilizadas para traçar ângulos a partir de marcadores fixados à pele, em vários pontos anatômicos, que são referências frequentes na avaliação postural tradicional. Essas fotografias foram analisadas por três examinadores diferentes da avaliação postural visual. A concordância de cada método de avaliação postural foi avaliada pelos Coeficientes de Cramer V ou de PHI, considerando-se um nível de significância de 5%. RESULTADOS: Foi encontrada uma concordância entre os examinadores que utilizaram a fotogrametria para todos os segmentos avaliados. Não apresentaram concordância os segmentos comissura labial (p=0,00, acrômio clavicular (p=0,01, esternoclavicular (p=0,00, espinhas ilíacas anterior e posterior (p=0,00 e p=0,01 e ângulo inferior da escápula (p=0,00, que foram analizados por meio da avaliação postural visual. A comparação entre a fotogrametria e a avaliação postural visual demonstrou que o grau de concordância entre os dois métodos de avaliação foi pouco significativo para alguns segmentos do membro inferior e pelve. CONCLUSÕES: Nessas condições experimentais, os dados da fotogrametria não podem ser correlacionados com os dados da avaliação postural visual. A avaliação postural visual apresentou dados menos concordantes do que a fotogrametria, devendo ser questionada sua utilização como gold-standart.OBJECTIVES: To compare the interobserver

  1. Emotions affect the recognition of hand postures

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    Carmelo Mario Vicario

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available The body is closely tied to the processing of social and emotional information. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a relationship between emotions and social attitudes conveyed through gestures exists. Thus we tested the effect of pro-social (i.e. happy face and anti-social (i.e. angry face emotional primes on the ability to detect socially relevant handpostures (i.e. pictures depicting an open/closed hand. In particular, participants were required to establish, as quickly as possible, if the test stimulus (i.e. a hand posture was the same or different, compared to the reference stimulus (i.e. a hand posture previously displayed in the computer screen. Results show that facial primes, displayed between the reference and the test stimuli, influence the recognition of hand postures, according to the social attitude implicitly related to the stimulus. We found that perception of pro-social (i.e. happy face primes resulted in slower RTs in detecting the open hand posture as compared to the closed hand posture. Vice-versa, perception of the anti-social (i.e. angry face prime resulted in slower RTs in detecting the closed hand posture compared to the open hand posture. These results suggest that the social attitude implicitly suggested by the displayed stimuli might represent the conceptual link between emotions and gestures.

  2. Equilíbrio postural de atletas remadores Equilibrio postural de atletas remadores Postural balance in rowing athletes

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    Taian de Mello Martins Vieira

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available A influência do condicionamento físico no equilíbrio postural por um período prolongado ainda não está esclarecida. O objetivo deste estudo foi comparar parâmetros estabilométricos em testes de longa duração entre atletas remadores e um grupo de indivíduos saudáveis, não-atletas, que permaneceram de pé sobre uma plataforma de força durante 31 minutos. A cada cinco minutos de teste era apresentada uma escala modificada de Borg para pontuar o nível de desconforto. Os parâmetros estudados foram: desvio-padrão, velocidade média e freqüência média dos deslocamentos lateral e ântero-posterior, e a área elíptica do deslocamento do centro de pressão no plano da plataforma. O grupo dos atletas não apresentou diferenças significativas nos parâmetros durante todo o teste. O grupo controle apresentou valores significativamente mais elevados na área elíptica e a velocidade média da metade do teste em diante. Os atletas apresentaram valores significativamente menores para escala de Borg, representando maior resistência ao desconforto gerado pela atividade. Com base nos resultados, sugere-se que as alterações estabilométricas apresentadas pelo grupo de não-atletas sejam decorrentes de processos fisiológicos periféricos e que o condicionamento físico parece ser um fator importante na manutenção do equilíbrio estático por período prolongado.La influencia del condicionamiento físico en el equilibrio postural por un periodo prolongado todavía no está aclarado. El objetivo de este estudio ha sido comparar parámetros estabilométricos en tests de larga duración entre atletas remadores y un grupo de individuos saludables, no atletas, que permanecieron de pie sobre una plataforma de fuerza durante 31 minutos. A cada cinco minutos de prueba era presentada una escala modificada de Borg para puntuar el nivel de incomodidad. Los parámetros estudiados fueron: desvío padrón, velocidad media y frecuencia media de los

  3. Optimization of the examination posture in spinal curvature assessment

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    Krejci Jakub

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract To decrease the influence of postural sway during spinal measurements, an instrumented fixation posture (called G was proposed and tested in comparison with the free standing posture (A using the DTP-3 system in a group of 70 healthy volunteers. The measurement was performed 5 times on each subject and each position was tested by a newly developed device for non-invasive spinal measurements called DTP-3 system. Changes in postural stability of the spinous processes for each subject/the whole group were evaluated by employing standard statistical tools. Posture G, when compared to posture A, reduced postural sway significantly in all spinous processes from C3 to L5 in both the mediolateral and anterioposterior directions. Posture G also significantly reduced postural sway in the vertical direction in 18 out of 22 spinous processes. Importantly, posture G did not significantly influence the spinal curvature.

  4. Optimization of the examination posture in spinal curvature assessment.

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    Krejci, Jakub; Gallo, Jiri; Stepanik, Petr; Salinger, Jiri

    2012-04-30

    To decrease the influence of postural sway during spinal measurements, an instrumented fixation posture (called G) was proposed and tested in comparison with the free standing posture (A) using the DTP-3 system in a group of 70 healthy volunteers. The measurement was performed 5 times on each subject and each position was tested by a newly developed device for non-invasive spinal measurements called DTP-3 system. Changes in postural stability of the spinous processes for each subject/the whole group were evaluated by employing standard statistical tools. Posture G, when compared to posture A, reduced postural sway significantly in all spinous processes from C3 to L5 in both the mediolateral and anterioposterior directions. Posture G also significantly reduced postural sway in the vertical direction in 18 out of 22 spinous processes. Importantly, posture G did not significantly influence the spinal curvature.

  5. Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS).

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    Sidhu, Bharat; Obiechina, Nonyelum; Rattu, Noman; Mitra, Shanta

    2013-09-16

    Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a heterogeneous group of conditions characterised by autonomic dysfunction and an exaggerated sympathetic response to assuming an upright position. Up till recently, it was largely under-recognised as a clinical entity. There is now consensus about the definition of POTS as a greater than 30/min heart rate increase on standing from a supine position (greater than 40/min increase in 12-19-year-old patients) or an absolute heart rate of greater than 120/min within 10 min of standing from a supine position and in the absence of hypotension, arrhythmias, sympathomimetic drugs or other conditions that cause tachycardia. We present two cases of POTS, followed by a discussion of its pathogenesis, pathophysiology, epidemiology and management.

  6. Reversible postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.

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    Abdulla, Aza; Rajeevan, Thirumagal

    2015-07-16

    Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a relatively rare syndrome recognised since 1940. It is a heterogenous condition with orthostatic intolerance due to dysautonomia and is characterised by rise in heart rate above 30 bpm from base line or to more than 120 bpm within 5-10 min of standing with or without change in blood pressure which returns to base line on resuming supine position. This condition present with various disabling symptoms such as light headedness, near syncope, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, tremor, palpitations and mental clouding, etc. However there are no identifiable signs on clinical examination and patients are often diagnosed to have anxiety disorder. The condition predominantly affects young female between the ages of 15-50 but is rarely described in older people. We describe an older patient who developed POTS which recovered over 12 mo. Recognising this condition is important as there are treatment options available to alleviate the disabling symptoms.

  7. Postural Adaptations To Supra-postural Tasks in Children With Developmental Coordination Disorder

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    Wade Michael G.

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the effect of varying memory (cognitive demands, and visual (perceptual demands on postural motion. Sixty four children (32 DCD, 32 TDC, 9-to-10 years were volunteers. Each performed separate memory and visual tasks at two levels of difficulty; easy (LD and hard (HD while recording their postural motion. For the memory task, both groups reduced postural sway in the HD condition. For the visual task only the TDC group reduced postural sway in the HD condition; DCD children did not. The DCD group did not reduce postural motion but, in fact, increased motion. We also found several group  task interactions on sway. Our data suggest a weakening of the action linkage between both cognitive and perceptual tasks in children diagnosed with movement difficulties. The data are discussed in the context of limitations in the embodied relationship between posture and both perceptual and cognitive activity.

  8. Effect of treatment with betahistine dihydrochloride on the postural stability in patients with different duration of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

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    Stambolieva, Katerina; Angov, Georgi

    2010-01-01

    The effect of betahistine dihydrochloride on the postural stability after repositioning Epley's maneuver (EM) in patients with BPPV was evaluated by static posturography in open and closed eyes conditions. Ninety patients were divided into four groups by duration (less and above 60 days of BPPV) and by treatment (with and without treatment with betahistine). The investigation was made one hour after the positive Dix-Hallpike test, 10 and 20 days after the treatment with EM. "Sway velocity" (SV) was calculated to evaluate postural stability. The results show dependence between efficacy of treatment with betahistine applied after EM and duration of BPPV. Betahistine normalized postural stability of patients with duration of BPPV less than 60 days after 10 days of treatment and had less effect on patients with duration of BPPV above 60 days. We assume that after removing the otoconia betahistine plays an important role for improving blood flow in the inner ear. The short presence of otoconia didn't damage sensory receptor, and restoring the normal function of motion-sensitive hairs cells and stabilizing the posture was observed.

  9. Does increased postural threat lead to more conscious control of posture?

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    Huffman, J L; Horslen, B C; Carpenter, M G; Adkin, A L

    2009-11-01

    Although it is well established that postural threat modifies postural control, little is known regarding the underlying mechanism(s) responsible for these changes. It is possible that changes in postural control under conditions of elevated postural threat result from a shift to a more conscious control of posture. The purpose of this study was to determine the influence of elevated postural threat on conscious control of posture and to determine the relationship between conscious control and postural control measures. Forty-eight healthy young adults stood on a force plate at two different surface heights: ground level (LOW) and 3.2-m above ground level (HIGH). Centre of pressure measures calculated in the anterior-posterior (AP) direction were mean position (AP-MP), root mean square (AP-RMS) and mean power frequency (AP-MPF). A modified state-specific version of the Movement Specific Reinvestment Scale was used to measure conscious motor processing (CMP) and movement self-consciousness (MSC). Balance confidence, fear of falling, perceived stability, and perceived and actual anxiety indicators were also collected. A significant effect of postural threat was found for movement reinvestment as participants reported more conscious control and a greater concern about their posture at the HIGH height. Significant correlations between CMP and MSC with AP-MP were observed as participants who consciously controlled and were more concerned for their posture leaned further away from the platform edge. It is possible that changes in movement reinvestment can influence specific aspects of posture (leaning) but other aspects may be immune to these changes (amplitude and frequency).

  10. The Effect of Training on Postural Control in Dyslexic Children

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    Nathalie Goulème; Christophe-Loïc Gérard; Maria Pia Bucci

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    The aim of this study was to explore whether a short postural training period could affect postural stability in dyslexic children. Postural performances were evaluated using Multitest Equilibre from Framiral. Posture was recorded in three different viewing conditions (eyes open fixating a target, eyes closed and eyes open with perturbed vision) and in two different postural conditions (on stable and unstable support). Two groups of dyslexic children participated in the study, i.e. G1: 16 dys...

  11. Body Posture: Functional and Structural Aspects for Health Promotion

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    Bertolini, Sonia Maria Marques Gomes; UNICESUMAR; Melocra, Polyana; Universidade Estadual de Maringá; de Paula, Karla Pereira; UNICESUMAR

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    Current study comprises a bibliographical review on body posture, its implication and occupational functions. The bibliographical review was undertaken from scientific articles published between 2000 and 2012 and retrieved from Lilacs, Medline, Scielo and PubMed sites. The descriptor terms posture, anthropology, postural and body equilibrium were used. Posture is directly related to body equilibrium and both have a great importance in movement. Body posture is affected by several factors in t...

  12. Assessing the Emerging US Military Basing Posture in the Mideast

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    will continue to adapt its global posture to promote constructive bilateral relations, mitigate anti-access threats and off set potential political...Defense Posture in the Mideast Per Andrew Krepinevich and Robert Work, the 2004 Global Defense Posture Review began shifting the US basing posture ...Santa Monica, CA: RAND Corporation, 2007. Henry, Ryan. "Transforming the U.S. Global Defense Posture ." Naval War College Review, Spring 2006: 13-28

  13. Neutral lumbar spine sitting posture in pain-free subjects

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    O'Sullivan, Kieran; O'Dea, Patrick; Dankaerts, Wim; O'Sullivan, Peter; Clifford, Amanda; O'Sullivan, Leonard

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    Sitting is a common aggravating factor in low back pain (LBP), and re-education of sitting posture is a common aspect of LBP management. However, there is debate regarding what is an optimal sitting posture. This pilot study had 2 aims; to investigate whether pain-free subjects can be reliably positioned in a neutral sitting posture (slight lumbar lordosis and relaxed thorax); and to compare perceptions of neutral sitting posture to habitual sitting posture (HSP). The lower lumbar spine HSP o...

  14. Aprendem doença, educam para a saúde : influência da formação, em futuros profissionais de saúde em concepções saúde/doença, educação para a saúde e sua implementação

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    Dissertação de mestrado em Educação, área de especialização em Educação para a Saúde Sucessivas reuniões internacionais apelam à implementação de actividades de educação para a saúde, apoiando-se na evolução do conceito de saúde, entendido como um recurso, um estado positivo de bem-estar individual e comunitário. Perspectivam a educação para a saúde como processo de capacitar os indivíduos e comunidades a aumentar o controlo sobre os factores que determinam a saúde através de diferentes me...

  15. Postural orientation and equilibrium processes associated with increased postural sway in autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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    Wang, Zheng; Hallac, Rami R; Conroy, Kaitlin C; White, Stormi P; Kane, Alex A; Collinsworth, Amy L; Sweeney, John A; Mosconi, Matthew W

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    Increased postural sway has been repeatedly documented in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Characterizing the control processes underlying this deficit, including postural orientation and equilibrium, may provide key insights into neurophysiological mechanisms associated with ASD. Postural orientation refers to children's ability to actively align their trunk and head with respect to their base of support, while postural equilibrium is an active process whereby children coordinate ankle dorsi-/plantar-flexion and hip abduction/adduction movements to stabilize their upper body. Dynamic engagement of each of these control processes is important for maintaining postural stability, though neither postural orientation nor equilibrium has been studied in ASD. Twenty-two children with ASD and 21 age and performance IQ-matched typically developing (TD) controls completed three standing tests. During static stance, participants were instructed to stand as still as possible. During dynamic stances, participants swayed at a comfortable speed and magnitude in either anterior-posterior (AP) or mediolateral (ML) directions. The center of pressure (COP) standard deviation and trajectory length were examined to determine if children with ASD showed increased postural sway. Postural orientation was assessed using a novel virtual time-to-contact (VTC) approach that characterized spatiotemporal dimensions of children's postural sway (i.e., body alignment) relative to their postural limitation boundary, defined as the maximum extent to which each child could sway in each direction. Postural equilibrium was quantified by evaluating the amount of shared or mutual information of COP time series measured along the AP and ML directions. Consistent with prior studies, children with ASD showed increased postural sway during both static and dynamic stances relative to TD children. In regard to postural orientation processes, children with ASD demonstrated reduced spatial

  16. Postural balance in low back pain patients

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    Maribo, Thomas; Schiøttz-Christensen, Berit; Jensen, Lone Donbæk

    2012-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Altered postural control has been observed in low back pain (LBP) patients. They seem to be more dependent on vision when standing. The objective of the study was to determine concurrent and predictive validity of measures of postural stability in LBP patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS......: Centre of Pressure (CoP) measurements were tested against pain, fear of pain, and physical function. Velocity, anterior-posterior displacement, and the Romberg Ratio obtained on a portable force platform were used as measures of postural stability. RESULTS: Baseline and 12-week follow-up results of 97....... CONCLUSION: This first study of concurrent and predictive validity of postural balance in LBP patients revealed no association between CoP measures and pain, fear of pain, and physical function....

  17. Uso de terapias complementares, alternativas no controlo da dor crónica na região da Beira Interior

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    Cardoso, Telma Joana Bernardino

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    Introdução: 4 em cada 10 portugueses sofrem de dor crónica. Trata-se de uma calamidade, quando a este número associamos um conjunto de alterações físicas, psicológicas, emocionais e económicas que acrescentam imenso ao já demasiado peso da dor do doente. Nas últimas décadas tem-se assistido a uma crescente utilização de terapias complementares/alternativas (TC/A), nomeadamente no que concerne ao alívio da dor. Objectivos: Estimar a prevalência de dor crónica na região da Beira Interior e a...

  18. Sarna sarcóptica em suínos na região da Benedita

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    Baptista, N.R.; Brida, T.; Matos, A.C.; Martins, M.V.

    2009-01-01

    Poster apresentado no VI Congresso da Ordem dos Médicos Veterinários que decorreu em Lisboa de 3 a 5 de Outubro de 2009. A importância dos parasitas externos na produção animal varia de região para região, devido a diferenças no clima e nos sistemas de produção. O controlo de doenças endémicas nos animais de produção tem assumido importância devido aos grandes investimentos, principalmente nos sistemas intensivos. A sarna sarcóptica (Sarcoptes scabiei var. suis) tem sido considera...

  19. Cataleptic postures in thalamic hemorrhage: case report

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    Saposnik Gustavo

    2001-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of catalepsy associated with thalamic hemorrhage. A 72 year-old hypertensive woman had acute onset of right-sided weakness and speech disturbances. She was on anticoagulants because of aortic valve replacement. When postures were imposed, the patient maintained the left upper limb raised for several minutes, even in uncomfortable or bizarre positions. A CT scan of the head revealed a left thalamic hemorrhage. Cataleptic postures have been reported in few cases with acute stroke.

  20. Postural and Load Distribution Asymmetries in Preschoolers

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    Paulysnara de Oliveira Almeida

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to investigate the postural and load distribution symmetries in preschool children. The sample consisted of 67 preschool children with a median age of 54.00 ± 5.06 months. Postural parameters such as the horizontal alignment of the head, the acromion and Antero Superior Iliac Spines (ASIS, the angles between the acromial and ASIS, frontal, Q, knee and ankle and horizontal asymmetry of the scapula in relation to T3 were evaluated by photogrammetry. The baropodometry was used to identify the distribution of plantar pressure, while the medial arch of the foot was analyzed by photographic image. The median, standard deviation and the symmetry ratio were calculated for each parameter considered symmetry values greater than 90%. The Pearson’s or Spearman’s correlation were used between the parameters analyzed. There was asymmetric for postural and load distribution parameters for both genders and a null correlation between the symmetry of the surface and foot morphology and negative weak correlation significant between of the load foot and the front angle of the lower limb symmetries. The presence of asymmetries, postural and/or of load distribution, observed in early childhood suggest the importance of monitoring the postural and foot load parameters in the long term, preventing future postural and biomechanical alterations.

  1. PALMILHAS PROPRIOCEPTIVAS PARA O CONTROLE POSTURAL

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    Alessandra Madia Mantovani

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available The postural control and balance depend of the sensory system and musculoskeletal biomechanics being the feet one of the main sensors of the sensory system. The aim were to evaluate postural control and plantar pressures before, during and after the use of proprioceptive insoles. Participated 15 subjects, age 19,62,1 years old, and body mass índex (BMI of 24,45,4 kg/m2. Postural assessment values have been measured the arrows on the spine curvature, followed by analysis of plantar pressures and measures for pedobarometricstabilometric for measuring of displacement of center of pressure before, during andafter the use of insoles. In the results we saw normal arrows post insole plantar pressureand stabilometry not statistically significant after its use. Conclued that after using these insole, was saw an adequate postural realignment, probably due to adequate muscle and posture tonedemonstrating the importance of assessing the captor podal for understanding postural disordens.

  2. Integrated postural analysis in children with haemophilia.

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    Boccalandro, E; Pasta, G; Mannucci, P M; Santagostino, E; Peyvandi, F; Seuser, A; Mancuso, M E; Solimeno, L P

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    The maintenance of a correct posture in haemophilic boys might contribute to prevent joint bleeds, chronic pain and dysfunction. This single-centre study was aimed at evaluating whether or not postural alterations are more common in haemophilic than in non-haemophilic boys and whether they are related to the orthopaedic status. Posture and balance were investigated in boys with severe/moderate haemophilia (cases) and in age-matched non-haemophilic peers (controls). Thirty-five cases (89% with haemophilia A: 74% with severe disease) were included in the study and compared with 57 controls. Posture was evaluated on digital pictures of anterior, lateral and posterior views of the habitual standing position. Balance was examined with a portable force platform with eyes open and closed. The trajectory of the total body centre of force (CoF) displacement over the platform was computed by multiple planes obtaining different measures: sway area, velocity, acceleration and body loads. The joint status of cases was assessed with the Haemophilia Joint Health Score. Cases were more disharmonic than controls (52% vs. 26% in controls; P = 0.04), swayed significantly less and more slowly than controls (P postural disharmonies than non-haemophilic peers, hence a global evaluation of the orthopaedic status should include also balance and posture examination to identify early dysfunction and establish a tailored physical or rehabilitation programme.

  3. Postural Control in Man: The Phylogenetic Perspective

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    Albert Gramsbergen

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Erect posture in man is a recent affordance from an evolutionary perspective. About eight million years ago, the stock from which modern humans derived split off from the ape family, and from around sixty-thousand years ago, modern man developed. Upright gait and manipulations while standing pose intricate cybernetic problems for postural control. The trunk, having an older evolutionary history than the extremities, is innervated by medially descending motor systems and extremity muscles by the more recent, laterally descending systems. Movements obviously require concerted actions from both systems. Research in rats has demonstrated the interdependencies between postural control and the development of fluent walking. Only 15 days after birth, adult-like fluent locomotion emerges and is critically dependent upon postural development. Vesttibular deprivation induces a retardation in postural development and, consequently, a retarded development of adult-like locomotion. The cerebellum obviously has an important role in mutual adjustments in postural control and extremity movements, or, in coupling the phyiogenetic older and newer structures. In the human, the cerebellum develops partly after birth and therefore is vulnerable to adverse perinatal influences. Such vulnerability seems to justify focusing our scientific research efforts onto the development of this structure.

  4. Postural alterations in children with mouth breathing assessed by computerized biophotogrammetry Alterações posturais em crianças portadoras de síndrome da respiração bucal, avaliadas através do método da biofotogrametria computadorizada

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    Luciane Capelasso de Oliveira Lima

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: To determine and compare the posture of children with obstructive (OMB and functional mouth breathing (FMB and children with nasal breathing (NB using computerized biophotogrammetry, as well as to determine the viability and efficacy of this method. METHODS: Evaluative and personalized methods were used for the capture and analysis of angle images obtained from 19 NB, 26 FMB and 17 OMB children of either gender aged 8 to 10 years on anterior, posterior and profile views. The nonparametric Kruskal-Wallis test was applied to analyze the three groups as a whole and the Mann-Whitney test was used for pairwise comparison of the groups (p = 0.05. RESULTS: The angle related to the lateral knee condyle, lateral ankle malleolus and 5th metatarsal diaphysis (KAM was significantly greater in NB than in FMB children. With respect to the angle related to the nasal external acoustic meatus and pogonion (GMM, nasal external acoustic meatus and manubrium (GME, and 2nd cervical vertebra, major cervical curvature point and 7th cervical vertebra (C2C7, significantly higher values were observed for the OMB group compared to NB children. The angle formed by the 2nd thoracic vertebra, the major prominent thoracic point and the 9th thoracic vertebra (T2T9 was significantly greater in FMB than in OMB children. CONCLUSIONS: Computerized biophotogrammetry was found to e a safe and reliable technique, allowing comparison between the children analyzed, as well as the detection of postural alterations in mouth breathing children.OBJETIVOS: Mensurar e comparar a postura de crianças respiradoras bucais obstrutivas (RBO e funcionais (RBF, entre si e com crianças respiradoras nasais (RN, através da biofotogrametria computadorizada e verificar a viabilidade e a eficácia da utilização deste método. MÉTODOS: Utilizaram-se métodos avaliativos e personalizados de captação e análise das imagens angulares de 19 crianças RN, 26 RBF e 17 RBO, de 8 a 10 anos de

  5. Development of Human Posture Simulation Method for Assessing Posture Angles and Spinal Loads

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    Lu, Ming-Lun; Waters, Thomas; Werren, Dwight

    2015-01-01

    Video-based posture analysis employing a biomechanical model is gaining a growing popularity for ergonomic assessments. A human posture simulation method of estimating multiple body postural angles and spinal loads from a video record was developed to expedite ergonomic assessments. The method was evaluated by a repeated measures study design with three trunk flexion levels, two lift asymmetry levels, three viewing angles and three trial repetitions as experimental factors. The study comprised two phases evaluating the accuracy of simulating self and other people’s lifting posture via a proxy of a computer-generated humanoid. The mean values of the accuracy of simulating self and humanoid postures were 12° and 15°, respectively. The repeatability of the method for the same lifting condition was excellent (~2°). The least simulation error was associated with side viewing angle. The estimated back compressive force and moment, calculated by a three dimensional biomechanical model, exhibited a range of 5% underestimation. The posture simulation method enables researchers to simultaneously quantify body posture angles and spinal loading variables with accuracy and precision comparable to on-screen posture matching methods. PMID:26361435

  6. Visual conditions and postural directions affect postural sway variability in patients with Parkinson’s disease

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    Natalia Madalena Rinaldi

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Postural sway variability was evaluated in Parkinson’s disease (PD patients at different stages of disease. Twenty PD patients were grouped into two groups (unilateral, 14; bilateral, 6 according to disease severity. The results showed no significant differences in postural sway variability between the groups (p ≥ 0.05. Postural sway variability was higher in the antero-posterior direction and with the eyes closed. Significant differences between the unilateral and bilateral groups were observed in clinical tests (UPDRS, Berg Balance Scale, and retropulsion test; p ≤ 0.05, all. Postural sway variability was unaffected by disease severity, indicating that neurological mechanisms for postural control still function at advanced stages of disease. Postural sway instability appears to occur in the antero-posterior direction to compensate for the stooped posture. The eyes-closed condition during upright stance appears to be challenging for PD patients because of the associated sensory integration deficit. Finally, objective measures such as postural sway variability may be more reliable than clinical tests to evaluate changes in balance control in PD patients.

  7. Neck posture during lifting and its effect on trunk muscle activation and lumbar spine posture.

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    Hlavenka, Thomas M; Christner, Vanessa F K; Gregory, Diane E

    2017-07-01

    Neck and head posture have been found to have a significant influence on the posture of the lower spine region during lifting and both an extended/upward gaze and a flexed/downward gaze have been hypothesized to lead to increased pain and/or overuse of the neck musculature. As a result, strength training recommendations have turned to the use of a retracted neck posture as being the safer posture to assume during lifting. This study examined trunk and neck muscle activity and lumbar spine posture in seven participants while performing moderate load lifts using a retracted neck posture (chin drawn in posteriorly; recently gaining popularity among coaches, trainers, and physical therapists to reduce neck pain during lifting, and freestyle neck posture (no instructions given). The retracted neck resulted in less lumbar spine flexion and increased lumbar erector spinae, external oblique, and sternocleidomastoid activity. The retracted posture also resulted in decreased activity in the thoracic erector spinae and dorsal neck musculature. The increased trunk and sternocleidomastoid activity and decreased spine flexion observed in the seven participants of this study when lifting with a retracted neck may have the potential to help lower the risk of spine pain/injury. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Gravitational Effects upon Locomotion Posture

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    DeWitt, John K.; Bentley, Jason R.; Edwards, W. Brent; Perusek, Gail P.; Samorezov, Sergey

    2008-01-01

    Researchers use actual microgravity (AM) during parabolic flight and simulated microgravity (SM) obtained with horizontal suspension analogs to better understand the effect of gravity upon gait. In both environments, the gravitational force is replaced by an external load (EL) that returns the subject to the treadmill. However, when compared to normal gravity (N), researchers consistently find reduced ground reaction forces (GRF) and subtle kinematic differences (Schaffner et al., 2005). On the International Space Station, the EL is applied by elastic bungees attached to a waist and shoulder harness. While bungees can provide EL approaching body weight (BW), their force-length characteristics coupled with vertical oscillations of the body during gait result in a variable load. However, during locomotion in N, the EL is consistently equal to 100% body weight. Comparisons between AM and N have shown that during running, GRF are decreased in AM (Schaffner et al, 2005). Kinematic evaluations in the past have focussed on joint range of motion rather than joint posture at specific instances of the gait cycle. The reduced GRF in microgravity may be a result of differing hip, knee, and ankle positions during contact. The purpose of this investigation was to compare joint angles of the lower extremities during walking and running in AM, SM, and N. We hypothesized that in AM and SM, joints would be more flexed at heel strike (HS), mid-stance (MS) and toe-off (TO) than in N.

  9. Reliability of photographic posture analysis of adolescents.

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    Hazar, Zeynep; Karabicak, Gul Oznur; Tiftikci, Ugur

    2015-10-01

    [Purpose] Postural problems of adolescents needs to be evaluated accurately because they may lead to greater problems in the musculoskeletal system as they develop. Although photographic posture analysis has been frequently used, more simple and accessible methods are still needed. The purpose of this study was to investigate the inter- and intra-rater reliability of photographic posture analysis using MB-ruler software. [Subjects and Methods] Subjects were 30 adolescents (15 girls and 15 boys, mean age: 16.4±0.4 years, mean height 166.3±6.7 cm, mean weight 63.8±15.1 kg) and photographs of their habitual standing posture photographs were taken in the sagittal plane. For the evaluation of postural angles, reflective markers were placed on anatomical landmarks. For angular measurements, MB-ruler (Markus Bader- MB Software Solutions, triangular screen ruler) was used. Photographic evaluations were performed by two observers with a repetition after a week. Test-retest and inter-rater reliability evaluations were calculated using intra-class correlation coefficients (ICC). [Results] Inter-rater (ICC>0.972) and test-retest (ICC>0.774) reliability were found to be in the range of acceptable to excellent. [Conclusion] Reference angles for postural evaluation were found to be reliable and repeatable. The present method was found to be an easy and non-invasive method and it may be utilized by researchers who are in search of an alternative method for photographic postural assessments.

  10. Postural stability in children with hemiplegia estimated for three postural conditions: standing, sitting and kneeling.

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    Szopa, Andrzej; Domagalska-Szopa, Małgorzata

    2015-04-01

    Postural control deficit is one of the most important problems in children with cerebral palsy (CP). The purpose of the presented study was to compare the effects of body posture asymmetry alone (i.e., in children with mild scoliosis) with the effects of body posture impairment (i.e., in children with hemiplegia) on postural stability. Forty-five outpatients with hemiplegia and 51 children with mild scoliosis were assessed using a posturography device. The examination comprised two parts: (1) analysis of the static load distribution; and (2) a posturographic test (CoP measurements) conducted in three postural conditions: standing, sitting and kneeling. Based on the asymmetry index of the unaffected/affected body sides while standing, the children with hemiplegia were divided into two different postural patterns: a pro-gravitational postural pattern (PGPP) and an anti-gravitational postural pattern (AGPP) (Domagalska-Szopa & Szopa (2013). BioMed Research International, 2013, 462094; (2014). Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management, 10, 113). The group of children with mild scoliosis, considered as a standard for static body weight distribution, was used as the reference group. The results of present study only partially confirmed that children with hemiplegia have increased postural instability. Strong weight distribution asymmetry was found in children with an AGPP, which induced larger lateral-medial CoP displacements compared with children with scoliosis. In children with hemiplegia, distinguishing between their postural patterns may be useful to improve the guidelines for early therapy children with an AGPP before abnormal patterns of weight-bearing asymmetry are fully established.

  11. Coupling of postural and manual tasks in expert performers.

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    Amado, A C; Palmer, C J; Hamill, J; van Emmerik, R E A

    2016-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the integration of bimanual rhythmic movements and posture in expert marching percussionists. Participants (N=11) performed three rhythmic manual tasks [1:1, 2:3, and 2:3-F (2:3 rhythm played faster at a self-selected tempo)] in one of three postures: sitting, standing on one foot, and standing on two feet. Discrete relative phase, postural time-to-contact, and coherence analysis were used to analyze the performance of the manual task, postural control, and the integration between postural and manual performance. Across all three rhythms, discrete relative phase mean and variability results showed no effects of posture on rhythmic performance. The complexity of the manual task (1:1 vs. 2:3) had no effect on postural time-to-contact. However, increasing the tempo of the manual task (2:3 vs. 2:3-F) did result in a decreased postural time-to-contact in the two-footed posture. Coherence analysis revealed that the coupling between the postural and manual task significantly decreased as a function of postural difficulty (going from a two-footed to a one-footed posture) and rhythmic complexity (1:1 vs. 2:3). Taken together, these results demonstrate that expert marching percussionists systematically decouple postural and manual fluctuations in order to preserve the performance of the rhythmic movement task.

  12. Postural sway following cryotherapy in healthy adults.

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    Fukuchi, Claudiane A; Duarte, Marcos; Stefanyshyn, Darren J

    2014-01-01

    In light of the wide use of cryotherapy and its potential negative effects on postural stability, little is known about how postural sway is affected, particularly when the whole lower limb is immersed. The purpose of this study was to analyze the influence of cryotherapy on postural sway in healthy males. Twenty-six subjects were randomly assigned into two intervention groups: control (tepid water at ∼26°C) or ice (cold water at ∼11°C). Postural sway was measured through the center of pressure (COP) position while they stood on a force plate during bipedal (70 s) and unipedal (40 s) conditions before and after the subjects were immersed in a water tub up to the umbilical level for 20 min. COP standard deviation (SD) and COP velocity were analyzed in the anterior-posterior (AP) and medial-lateral (ML) directions. Statistical analysis showed that in the bipedal condition cryotherapy increased the COP SD and COP velocity in the ML direction. During the unipedal condition, a higher COP velocity in the AP and ML directions was also reported. Our findings indicate that cryotherapy by immersing the whole lower limb should be used with caution before engaging in challenging postural control activities.

  13. The importance of recognizing postural pseudoanemia.

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    Goldner, Fred; Jacob, Giris; Raj, Satish R; Robertson, David

    2006-01-01

    The determination of the packed red cell volume and the hemoglobin level has been paramount for monitoring anemia and blood loss for patients in the hospital setting. Recently, these variables have been studied during various control conditions including changes in posture. It has been found that the hematocrit changes markedly with alteration of body posture, in such a way that shifts of estimated blood volume of 1 pint can commonly be elicited by a simple change of posture from supine to upright or vice versa. Therefore, it is important to recognize that in addition to the numerous pathological conditions that may affect the value of the packed cell volume, certain physiological maneuvers may have an equal impact and may confound the accurate assessment of true pathological changes in these variables. Thus, changes in posture can lead to substantial changes in hematocrit, which may be attributed mistakenly to blood loss or acute anemia and may result in a cascade of unnecessary diagnostic costs. In reality, these changes represent postural pseudoanemia, a normal physiological response to a change in position from standing to lying.

  14. Transfer of dynamic learning across postures.

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    Ahmed, Alaa A; Wolpert, Daniel M

    2009-11-01

    When learning a difficult motor task, we often decompose the task so that the control of individual body segments is practiced in isolation. But on re-composition, the combined movements can result in novel and possibly complex internal forces between the body segments that were not experienced (or did not need to be compensated for) during isolated practice. Here we investigate whether dynamics learned in isolation by one part of the body can be used by other parts of the body to immediately predict and compensate for novel forces between body segments. Subjects reached to targets while holding the handle of a robotic, force-generating manipulandum. One group of subjects was initially exposed to the novel robot dynamics while seated and was then tested in a standing position. A second group was tested in the reverse order: standing then sitting. Both groups adapted their arm dynamics to the novel environment, and this movement learning transferred between seated and standing postures and vice versa. Both groups also generated anticipatory postural adjustments when standing and exposed to the force field for several trials. In the group that had learned the dynamics while seated, the appropriate postural adjustments were observed on the very first reach on standing. These results suggest that the CNS can immediately anticipate the effect of learned movement dynamics on a novel whole-body posture. The results support the existence of separate mappings for posture and movement, which encode similar dynamics but can be adapted independently.

  15. Is postural control affected by expertise in alpine skiing?

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    NOE, F.; Paillard, T

    2005-01-01

    Objectives: This study examined the postural performance of two groups of male skiers competing at different levels and the consequences on postural control of the suppression of visual afferences by eye closure.

  16. IMPLICATIONS OF MOUTH BREATHING AND ATYPICAL SWALLOWING IN BODY POSTURE

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    Veronique Sousa; Maria Paço; Teresa Pinho

    2017-01-01

    .... Changes in any of the parts may lead to a general postural imbalance. Purpose: To verify if there is a relation between breathing pattern and swallowing with posture, dental occlusion and harmful oral habits of the sample under study...

  17. Good Posture--An Aid to Learning and Health.

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    Marciante, Robert E.

    1983-01-01

    Emphasizes the importance of promoting children's good health and proper posture through encouragement and the efforts of parents, physical education teachers, and classroom instructors. Outlines precise roles and responsibilities of each in improving children's posture. (DMM)

  18. Correlation between Trunk Posture and Neck Reposition Sense among Subjects with Forward Head Neck Postures

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    Han Suk Lee

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To assess the correlation of abnormal trunk postures and reposition sense of subjects with forward head neck posture (FHP. Methods. In all, postures of 41 subjects were evaluated and the FHP and trunk posture including shoulder, scapular level, pelvic side, and anterior tilting degrees were analyzed. We used the head repositioning accuracy (HRA test to evaluate neck position senses of neck flexion, neck extension, neck right and left side flexion, and neck right and left rotation and calculated the root mean square error in trials for each subject. Spearman’s rank correlation coefficients and regression analysis were used to assess the degree of correlation between the trunk posture and HRA value, and a significance level of α = 0.05 was considered. Results. There were significant correlations between the HRA value of right side neck flexion and pelvic side tilt angle (p<0.05. If pelvic side tilting angle increases by 1 degree, right side neck flexion increased by 0.76 degrees (p=0.026. However, there were no significant correlations between other neck motions and trunk postures. Conclusion. Verifying pelvic postures should be prioritized when movement is limited due to the vitiation of the proprioceptive sense of neck caused by FHP.

  19. Fingertip contact influences human postural control

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    Jeka, J. J.; Lackner, J. R.

    1994-01-01

    Touch and pressure stimulation of the body surface can strongly influence apparent body orientation, as well as the maintenance of upright posture during quiet stance. In the present study, we investigated the relationship between postural sway and contact forces at the fingertip while subjects touched a rigid metal bar. Subjects were tested in the tandem Romberg stance with eyes open or closed under three conditions of fingertip contact: no contact, touch contact (postural sway when compared to the no contact, eyes closed condition. Body sway and fingertip forces were essentially in phase with force contact, suggesting that fingertip contact forces are physically counteracting body sway. Time delays between body sway and fingertip forces were much larger with light touch contact, suggesting that the fingertip is providing information that allows anticipatory innervation of musculature to reduce body sway. The results are related to observations on precision grip as well as the somatosensory, proprioceptive, and motor mechanisms involved in the reduction of body sway.

  20. Postural stability in young and old women

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    Jørgensen, Martin Grønbech

    , National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, USA; 3Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense   INTRODUCTION: Poor postural balance control (stability) is one of the major risk factors for falling. If individuals at risk of falling are to be identified...... effectively demonstrate differences in postural balance control between physically active old and young women.......USE OF VARIABILITY, SPEED AND ACCELERATION PARAMETERS TO EVALUATE POSTURAL BALANCE IN OLD VS YOUNG INDIVIDUALS   Jørgensen MG1,3, Larsen AH3, Caserotti P2,3, Nielsen OBF1, Aagaard P3   1Geriatric Department and Fall Clinic, Aarhus University Hospital, Aalborg Hospital; 2National Institute on Aging...

  1. Impaired postural stability after laparoscopic surgery

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    Eskildsen, K Z; Staehr-Rye, A K; Rasmussen, L S;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Early postoperative mobilisation may reduce patient morbidity and improve hospital efficiency by accelerated discharge. The aim of this study was to measure postural stability early after laparoscopic surgery in order to assess how early it is safe to mobilise and discharge patients....... METHODS: We included 25 women undergoing outpatient gynaecological laparoscopic surgery in the study. Patients received standardised anaesthesia with propofol, remifentanil and rocuronium. Postural stability was assessed preoperatively, at 30 min after tracheal extubation, and at discharge from the post...... postoperatively. No significant changes were found for sway velocity. We found no significant changes in mean sway, sway area or sway velocity at discharge from the post-anaesthesia care unit approximately 2 h after surgery. CONCLUSION: Postural stability was significantly impaired 30 min after outpatient...

  2. Falls study: Proprioception, postural stability, and slips.

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    Sohn, Jeehoon; Kim, Sukwon

    2015-01-01

    The present study evaluated effects of exercise training on the proprioception sensitivity, postural stability, and the likelihood of slip-induced falls. Eighteen older adults (6 in balance, 6 in weight, and 6 in control groups) participated in this study. Three groups met three times per week over the course of eight weeks. Ankle and knee proprioception sensitivities and postural stability were measured. Slip-induced events were introduced for all participants before and after training. The results indicated that, overall, strength and postural stability were improved only in the training group, although proprioception sensitivity was improved in all groups. Training for older adults resulted in decreased likelihood of slip-induced falls. The study suggested that proprioception can be improved by simply being active, however, the results suggested that training would aid older adults in reducing the likelihood of slip-induced falls.

  3. Smart garment to help children improve posture.

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    Lou, E; Moreau, M J; Hill, D L; Raso, V J; Mahood, J K

    2006-01-01

    Many of the aches and pains of adults are the result not of injuries, but of the long-term effects of distortions in posture or alignment. Postural kyphosis in adolescence may be one of the effects of poor standing and sitting habits. Kyphosis is an excessive rounding of the upper spine. A smart garment that can monitor and provide vibration feedback to children has been developed to investigate an alternative treatment possibility. Laboratory tests verified that the accuracy of the system was +/-2 degrees within the full 180 degrees range. A clinical trial has been conducted and it showed that the system can aid subjects to improve by 20% the proportion of time in a more balanced posture. The long term effect is still under investigation.

  4. Postural balance in low back pain patients

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    Maribo, Thomas; Stengaard-Pedersen, Kristian; Jensen, Lone Donbæk

    2011-01-01

    Low back pain (LBP) patients have poorer postural control compared to healthy controls, and the importance of assessing and addressing balance is a matter of debate. In the clinic, balance is often tested by means of the one leg stand test (OLST) while research often employs center of pressure (Co...... Ratio) might be of clinical interest. This study aimed to assess postural balance in LBP patients by analyzing intra-session reliability of CoP parameters on a portable force platform, the Romberg Ratio, and the OLST. Furthermore, we aimed to determine whether CoP parameters and OLST measure identical...... aspects of postural stability. We examined 49 LBP patients and found acceptable reliability of the CoP parameters’ trace length and velocity, whereas reliability regarding C90 area, the Romberg Ratio, and the OLST was poor. Correlations between the CoP parameters and OLST were insignificant. Reliability...

  5. Measuring postural control during mini-squat posture in men with early knee osteoarthritis.

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    Petrella, M; Gramani-Say, K; Serrão, P R M S; Lessi, G C; Barela, J A; Carvalho, R P; Mattiello, S M

    2017-02-06

    Studies have suggested a compromised postural control in individuals with knee osteoarthritis (OA) evidenced by larger and faster displacement of center of pressure (COP). However, quantification of postural control in the mini-squat posture performed by patients with early knee OA and its relation to muscle strength and self-reported symptoms have not been investigated. The main aim of this cross-sectional, observational, controlled study was to determine whether postural control in the mini-squat posture differs between individuals with early knee OA and a control group (CG) and verify the relation among knee extensor torque (KET) and self-reported physical function, stiffness and pain. Twenty four individuals with knee OA grades I and II (OAG) (mean age: 52.35±5.00) and twenty subjects without knee injuries (CG) (mean age: 51.40±8.07) participated in this study. Participants were assessed in postural control through a force plate (Bertec Mod. USA), which provided information about the anterior-posterior (AP) and medial-lateral (ML) COP displacement during the mini-squat, in isometric, concentric and eccentric knee extensor torque (KET) (90°/s) through an isokinetic dynamometer (BiodexMulti-Joint System3, Biodex Medical Incorporation, New York, NY, USA), and in self-reported symptoms through the WOMAC questionnaire. The main outcomes measured were the AP and ML COP amplitude and velocity of displacement; isometric, concentric, and eccentric KET and self-reported physical function, stiffness and pain. No significant differences were found between groups for postural control (p>0.05). Significant lower eccentric KET (p=0.01) and higher scores for the WOMAC subscales of pain (p=postural instability and the need to include quadriceps muscle strengthening, especially by eccentric contractions. The relationship between the self-reported symptoms and a lower and slower COP displacement suggest that the postural control strategy during tasks with a semi-flexed knee

  6. Equilíbrio postural: investigação com crianças, adultos e idosos

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    Teixeira, Clarissa Stefani; Andrade, Rubian Diego; Barbosa,Diego Grasel; Alves, Rudi Facco; Felden, Érico Pereira Gomes; Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina; Pedroso, Fleming Salvador

    2016-01-01

    O equilíbrio é fundamental em todas as faixas etárias, desde a realização de atividades motoras simples até as mais complexas. Apesar de um crescente número de publicações sobre o tema, estudos que investiguem o equilíbrio postural de indivíduos saudáveis e ativos em diferentes faixas etárias são escassos. Objetivou- -se analisar o equilíbrio postural de doze crianças, doze adultos e doze idosos ativos do sexo masculino. O equilíbrio foi avaliado por meio da posturografia dinâmica, que consis...

  7. POSTURAL DISTURBANCES AND FEET DEFORMITIES IN CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY

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    V. M. Kenis

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of study was to estimate common postural disturbances in children with cerebral palsy in relation to feet deformities. 100 children were investigated. Age-related changes in postural patterns are described. Five stereotypical postural patterns are most common in children with cerebral palsy. Proper management of feet deformities is necessary for correction of postural disturbance. Inadequate surgical treatment, as a contrast, may be harmfull and dangerous.

  8. POSTURAL DISTURBANCES AND FEET DEFORMITIES IN CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY

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    V. M. Kenis; Ivanov, S V; Yu. A. Stepanova

    2011-01-01

    The purpose of study was to estimate common postural disturbances in children with cerebral palsy in relation to feet deformities. 100 children were investigated. Age-related changes in postural patterns are described. Five stereotypical postural patterns are most common in children with cerebral palsy. Proper management of feet deformities is necessary for correction of postural disturbance. Inadequate surgical treatment, as a contrast, may be harmfull and dangerous.

  9. Trunk muscle activity with different sitting postures and pelvic inclination

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    WATANABE, MASAHIRO; Kaneoka, Koji; Wada, Yusuke; Matsui, Yasushi; Miyakawa, Shumpei

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Sitting posture may often place large burden on trunk muscles, while trunk muscle activities in the sitting posture have not been well clarified. In this study, a difference in trunk muscle activity between two kinds of sitting postures was evaluated, focusing on low back pain induced by posture holding.MATERIAL AND METHODS: An experiment was conducted on the subjects sitting on a stable-seat and on an unstable-seat, with the pelvis inclined forward, backward, rightw...

  10. Smart garment for trunk posture monitoring: A preliminary study

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    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background Poor postures of the spine have been considered in association with a number of spinal musculoskeletal disorders, including structural deformity of the spine and back pain. Improper posturing for the patients with spinal disorders may further deteriorate their pain and deformities. Therefore, posture training has been proposed and its rationale is to use the patient's own back muscles to keep the spine within the natural curvature. A posture training device may help to fac...

  11. Postural control in strabismic children: importance of proprioceptive information

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    Lions, Cynthia; Bui Quoc, Emmanuel; Wiener-Vacher, Sylvette; Bucci, Maria P.

    2014-01-01

    Objective: To examine the effect of proprioceptive information during postural control in strabismic children. Methods: Postural stability was recorded with a platform (Techno Concept®) in 12 strabismic children aged from 4.9 to 10 years and data were compared to that of 12 control age-matched children. Two postural positions were performed: Romberg and Tandem. Two postural conditions: without and with foam pad. We analyzed the surface area, the length, the mean speed of the center of pres...

  12. Reliability of upright posture measurements in primary school children

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    Grimmer Karen; McEvoy Maureen P

    2005-01-01

    Abstract Background Correct upright posture is considered to be a measure of good musculoskeletal health. Little is known about the usual variability of children's upright standing posture. The aim of this study was to assess differences between repeated measures of upright posture in a group of primary school children. Methods Sagittal plane photographs of usual, relaxed upright standing posture of 38 boys and girls aged 5–12 years were taken twice within an hour. Reflective markers were pla...

  13. Smart garment for trunk posture monitoring: A preliminary study

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    Wong Man; Wong Wai

    2008-01-01

    Abstract Background Poor postures of the spine have been considered in association with a number of spinal musculoskeletal disorders, including structural deformity of the spine and back pain. Improper posturing for the patients with spinal disorders may further deteriorate their pain and deformities. Therefore, posture training has been proposed and its rationale is to use the patient's own back muscles to keep the spine within the natural curvature. A posture training device may help to fac...

  14. Effects of posture on postoperative pulmonary function

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    Nielsen, K G; Holte, Kathrine; Kehlet, H

    2003-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Pulmonary morbidity is still a relevant complication to major surgery despite improvements in surgical technique and anaesthetic methods. Postoperative posture may be a pathogenic factor, but the effects of changes in postoperative posture on pulmonary function have not been reviewed....... METHODS: Review of controlled, clinical trials evaluating postoperative pulmonary function in patients positioned in the supine vs. the sitting or standing position and patients positioned in the supine vs. the lateral position. Data were obtained from a search in the Medline and Cochrane databases (1966...

  15. Human Posture Estimation using Visual Information

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    Jiayu XU

    2014-01-01

    Human-robot cooperation is one of the central research issues in robotics.Al kinds of sensors wil be used since the robot should understand human’s intention.This article wil focus on the human posture estimation by using Microsoft Kinect.The visual Information from Kinect can be acquired and used to extract the human skeletal information and further,calcu-late the human posture.The experiment results have been compared with a Qualisys system,which has been proved quite precisely.

  16. Postural balance in low back pain patients

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    Maribo, Thomas; Stengaard-Pedersen, Kristian; Jensen, Lone Donbæk

    2011-01-01

    Low back pain (LBP) patients have poorer postural control compared to healthy controls, and the importance of assessing and addressing balance is a matter of debate. In the clinic, balance is often tested by means of the one leg stand test (OLST) while research often employs center of pressure (Co...... Ratio) might be of clinical interest. This study aimed to assess postural balance in LBP patients by analyzing intra-session reliability of CoP parameters on a portable force platform, the Romberg Ratio, and the OLST. Furthermore, we aimed to determine whether CoP parameters and OLST measure identical...

  17. Strategic political postures and political market orientation

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    Ormrod, Robert P.; Henneberg, Stephan C.

    2010-01-01

    Recently, the areas of strategic political marketing and political market orientation have been the subject of several conceptual articles which have provided the theoretical foundations for further empirical work. However, despite the close conceptual relatedness of the proposed concepts...... by developing an integrated concept of political marketing strategy using two complementary frameworks, namely Strategic Political Postures (SPP) and Political Market Orientation (PMO). We introduce the two main concepts and derive for each of the strategic posture-specific PMO profiles as well as inter...

  18. Postural Control in Children: Implications for Pediatric Practice

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    Westcott, Sarah L.; Burtner, Patricia

    2004-01-01

    Based on a systems theory of motor control, reactive postural control (RPA) and anticipatory postural control (APA) in children are reviewed from several perspectives in order to develop an evidence-based intervention strategy for improving postural control in children with limitations in motor function. Research on development of postural…

  19. Development of the Coordination between Posture and Manual Control

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    Haddad, Jeffrey M.; Claxton, Laura J.; Keen, Rachel; Berthier, Neil E.; Riccio, Gary E.; Hamill, Joseph; Van Emmerik, Richard E. A.

    2012-01-01

    Studies have suggested that proper postural control is essential for the development of reaching. However, little research has examined the development of the coordination between posture and manual control throughout childhood. We investigated the coordination between posture and manual control in children (7- and 10-year-olds) and adults during…

  20. An OWAS-based analysis of nurses' working postures.

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    Engels, J A; Landeweerd, J A; Kant, Y

    1994-05-01

    The working postures of Dutch nurses (n = 18) in an orthopaedic ward and a urology ward were observed using the Ovako Working posture Analysis System (OWAS). During observation, both working postures and activities were recorded. A specially developed computer program was used for data analysis. By means of this program, it was possible to calculate the working posture load for each activity and the contribution of a specific activity to the total working posture load. This study shows that some activities of the nurses in both wards were performed with poor working postures. In the orthopaedic (resp. urology) ward two (resp. one) out of 19 observed postures of parts of the body were classified as Action Category 2. Moreover, 20% (resp. 16%) of the so-called typical working postures was classified in Action Category 2. This suggests, that in both wards working postures that are slightly harmful to the musculoskeletal system, occur during a substantial part of the working day. Differences between both wards with respect to working posture load and time expenditure were determined. Activities causing the workload to fall into OWAS higher Action Categories were identified. The data show that poor working postures in the nursing profession not only occur during patient handling activities but also during tasks like 'administration'. Focusing on patient-handling (i.e., lifting patients) in order to determine the load on the musculoskeletal system would therefore lead to an underestimation of the total working posture load of nurses.

  1. Relationship between Postural Deformities and Frontal Function in Parkinson's Disease.

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    Ninomiya, Satoko; Morita, Akihiko; Teramoto, Hiroko; Akimoto, Takayoshi; Shiota, Hiroshi; Kamei, Satoshi

    2015-01-01

    Postural deformities and executive dysfunction (ED) are common symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD); however, the relationship between postural deformities and ED in patients with PD remains unclear. This study assessed the relationship between postural deformities and ED in patients with PD. Sixty-five patients with sporadic PD were assessed for the severity of postural deformities and executive function. The severity of postural deformities was scored using the United Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale item 28 score: no postural deformity (0), mild postural deformities (1), or severe postural deformities (2-4). Executive function was assessed using the Behavioral Assessment of the Dysexecutive Syndrome (BADS) and an age-controlled standardized BADS score <70 was defined as ED. Age-controlled standardized BADS scores were compared across the three groups using the Kruskal-Wallis test. Relationship between ED and the severity of postural deformities was assessed using the Mann-Whitney U test. Age-controlled standardized BADS score significantly differed among the three groups (P = 0.005). ED was significantly related to the severity of postural deformities (P = 0.0005). The severity of postural deformities was associated with a lower age-controlled standardized BADS score and ED, and these findings suggest that postural deformities were associated with frontal dysfunction in patients with PD.

  2. Pseudodystonic Posture Secondary to Klippel–Feil Syndrome and Diastematomyelia

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    Lopez-Vicchi, Martin; Da Prat, Gustavo; Gatto, Emilia Mabel

    2015-01-01

    Background Dystonic postures possess a great number of differential diagnoses. Phenomenology Shown We describe a pseudodystonic posture in a 61-year-old woman with skeletal and extra-skeletal abnormalities. Educational Value Klippel–Feil syndrome represents an unusual cause of pseudodystonic posture to be considered in the differential diagnosis of dystonia. PMID:27352284

  3. Representações da doença, ajustamento conjugal e adesão aos auto-cuidados e controlo metabólico em diabéticos tipo 2

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    Daniela Oliveira

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available In Portugal, 11,7% of the population has diabetes (APDP, 2009 90% of which as type 2 diabetes. This study aims to evaluate the relationship between illness representations, marital adjustment, adherence to self-care and metabolic control in type 2 diabetics, recruited in health care centers. The following instruments were administered: Revised Summary Diabetes Self-Care Activities RSDSCA, (Toobert, Hampson and Glasgow (2000; Illness Perception Questionnaire - brief (IPQ-B, (Broadbent, Petrie, Main, & Weinman, 2006; Revised Dyadic Adjustment Scale (RDAS of Busby, Christensen, Crane, & Larson, 1995. All instruments were adapted to Portuguese samples. Metabolic control was assessed through glycosylated hemoglobin. Results revealed that participants with lower identity perception and higher marital adjustment had better metabolic control. Regarding adherence to foot care, the predictors were age and illness' identity perception. Results emphasize the importance of interventions that focus on the representations patients developed about their illness since these seem to be key variables responsible for adherence behaviors and, consequently, optimal illness' management.

  4. Posture and Texting: Effect on Balance in Young Adults.

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    Nurul Retno Nurwulan

    Full Text Available Using a mobile phone while doing another activity is a common dual-task activity in our daily lives. This study examined the effect of texting on the postural stability of young adults. Twenty college students were asked to perform static and dynamic postural stability tasks. Traditional COP and multivariate multiscale entropy (MMSE were used to assess the static postural stability and the Star Excursion Balance Test (SEBT was used to assess the dynamic postural stability. Results showed that (1 texting impaired postural stability, (2 the complexity index did not change much although the task conditions changed, and (3 performing texting is perceived to be more difficult.

  5. Public and Private Posture : Zadie Smith

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    Heynders, Odile

    2016-01-01

    This chapter will focus on Smith’s posture, and in particular on how her public position and literary work negotiate issues such as identification, celebrity, style and authenticity. First, the paradox of the ‘celebrity authority’ will be examined, followed by a Derrida-inspired analysis of Smith’s

  6. Can Smartwatches Replace Smartphones for Posture Tracking?

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    Bobak Mortazavi

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available This paper introduces a human posture tracking platform to identify the human postures of sitting, standing or lying down, based on a smartwatch. This work develops such a system as a proof-of-concept study to investigate a smartwatch’s ability to be used in future remote health monitoring systems and applications. This work validates the smartwatches’ ability to track the posture of users accurately in a laboratory setting while reducing the sampling rate to potentially improve battery life, the first steps in verifying that such a system would work in future clinical settings. The algorithm developed classifies the transitions between three posture states of sitting, standing and lying down, by identifying these transition movements, as well as other movements that might be mistaken for these transitions. The system is trained and developed on a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and the algorithm was validated through a leave-one-subject-out cross-validation of 20 subjects. The system can identify the appropriate transitions at only 10 Hz with an F-score of 0.930, indicating its ability to effectively replace smart phones, if needed.

  7. Can smartwatches replace smartphones for posture tracking?

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    Mortazavi, Bobak; Nemati, Ebrahim; VanderWall, Kristina; Flores-Rodriguez, Hector G; Cai, Jun Yu Jacinta; Lucier, Jessica; Naeim, Arash; Sarrafzadeh, Majid

    2015-10-22

    This paper introduces a human posture tracking platform to identify the human postures of sitting, standing or lying down, based on a smartwatch. This work develops such a system as a proof-of-concept study to investigate a smartwatch's ability to be used in future remote health monitoring systems and applications. This work validates the smartwatches' ability to track the posture of users accurately in a laboratory setting while reducing the sampling rate to potentially improve battery life, the first steps in verifying that such a system would work in future clinical settings. The algorithm developed classifies the transitions between three posture states of sitting, standing and lying down, by identifying these transition movements, as well as other movements that might be mistaken for these transitions. The system is trained and developed on a Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, and the algorithm was validated through a leave-one-subject-out cross-validation of 20 subjects. The system can identify the appropriate transitions at only 10 Hz with an F-score of 0.930, indicating its ability to effectively replace smart phones, if needed.

  8. Evaluation of postural mechanisms under dynamic conditions

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    Anderson, D. J.

    1978-01-01

    A stimulus delivery and data acquisition system for assessment of human posture was developed based on a digital computer and a translating platform. The movement of the platform acts to displace the subject's base of support while the computer tracks the corrections which are made by the subject to maintain balance. Various stimuli are used ranging from fast transients to sine waves.

  9. Influence of musical groove on postural sway.

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    Ross, Jessica M; Warlaumont, Anne S; Abney, Drew H; Rigoli, Lillian M; Balasubramaniam, Ramesh

    2016-03-01

    Timescales of postural fluctuation reflect underlying neuromuscular processes in balance control that are influenced by sensory information and the performance of concurrent cognitive and motor tasks. An open question is how postural fluctuations entrain to complex environmental rhythms, such as in music, which also vary on multiple timescales. Musical groove describes the property of music that encourages auditory-motor synchronization and is used to study voluntary motor entrainment to rhythmic sounds. The influence of groove on balance control mechanisms remains unexplored. We recorded fluctuations in center of pressure (CoP) of standing participants (N = 40) listening to low and high groove music and during quiet stance. We found an effect of musical groove on radial sway variability, with the least amount of variability in the high groove condition. In addition, we observed that groove influenced postural sway entrainment at various temporal scales. For example, with increasing levels of groove, we observed more entrainment to shorter, local timescale rhythmic musical occurrences. In contrast, we observed more entrainment to longer, global timescale features of the music, such as periodicity, with decreasing levels of groove. Finally, musical experience influenced the amount of postural variability and entrainment at local and global timescales. We conclude that groove in music and musical experience can influence the neural mechanisms that govern balance control, and discuss implications of our findings in terms of multiscale sensorimotor coupling. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved).

  10. [Maternal postures and epidural analgesia during labour].

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    Ducloy-Bouthors, A-S; De Gasquet, B; Davette, M; Cuisse, M

    2006-06-01

    The evolution of birth is of interest for obstetricians and midwives. Postures with asymmetric stretching and balance, kneeling, or sitting have been claimed to be able to help foetal head rotation. Although walking during labour have no influence on the outcome of labour, hip-flexed postures enlarging the pelvic diameter are yet evaluated to improve the obstetric course of labour. In a prospective randomised study including 93 parturients, we compared the supine 30 degrees lateral tilt (control group) to three hip-flexed postures: sitting (S), right hip-flexed left lateral position (L) and left hip-flexed right lateral position (R). Epidural analgesia with 12 ml ropivacaine 0.1% and sufentanil 0.5 microg/ml was administered over a period of six minutes. The total epidural spread was 15+/-0.3 dermatomes and the upper level of thermo-analgesic blockade reached T7-T8 (T5 to T10) in each group. There were no differences between groups for the left and right total spread and upper level of epidural blockade, for the time to maximal block and pain relief. There was no motor block and no maternal or foetal side effects. We conclude that, for the three hip-flexed postures tested, position does not influence local anesthetic spread or symmetry of analgesia after induction of obstetric epidural anaesthesia.

  11. Robust balance shift control with posture optimization

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    Kavafoglu, Z.; Kavafoglu, Ersan; Egges, J.

    2015-01-01

    In this paper we present a control framework which creates robust and natural balance shifting behaviours during standing. Given high-level features such as the position of the center of mass projection and the foot configurations, a kinematic posture satisfying these features is synthesized using o

  12. Evaluation of body posture in nursing students.

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    Andrade, Marília Fernandes; Chaves, Érika de Cássia Lopes; Miguel, Michele Rita Oliveira; Simão, Talita Prado; Nogueira, Denismar Alves; Iunes, Denise Hollanda

    2017-08-28

    To investigate the body posture of nursing students before and after clinical practice. The study was developed in two stages. Initially the body posture of students of the 2nd, 4th, 6th, and 8th periods were assessed through photogrammetry. All images were analyzed in a random and masked manner with CorporisPro® 3.1.3 software. Three evaluations were performed for each angle and then the mean value was calculated. Two years later, when the 4th period students had developed their clinical internships, their body posture was again evaluated. The total sample consisted of 112 students. Comparison of their posture with the normality pattern showed that all the angles presented significant differences (pvalores de normalidade. Os segmentos com diferença significativa, comparando-se antes e após a prática, foram o ângulo acromioclavicular, flexo de joelho e ângulo tibiotársico, sendo os dois últimos na posição de rolamento.

  13. Forearm posture and mobility in quadrupedal dinosaurs.

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    Collin S VanBuren

    Full Text Available Quadrupedality evolved four independent times in dinosaurs; however, the constraints associated with these transitions in limb anatomy and function remain poorly understood, in particular the evolution of forearm posture and rotational ability (i.e., active pronation and supination. Results of previous qualitative studies are inconsistent, likely due to an inability to quantitatively assess the likelihood of their conclusions. We attempt to quantify antebrachial posture and mobility using the radius bone because its morphology is distinct between extant sprawled taxa with a limited active pronation ability and parasagittal taxa that have an enhanced ability to actively pronate the manus. We used a sliding semi-landmark, outline-based geometric morphometric approach of the proximal radial head and a measurement of the angle of curvature of the radius in a sample of 189 mammals, 49 dinosaurs, 35 squamates, 16 birds, and 5 crocodilians. Our results of radial head morphology showed that quadrupedal ceratopsians, bipedal non-hadrosaurid ornithopods, and theropods had limited pronation/supination ability, and sauropodomorphs have unique radial head morphology that likely allowed limited rotational ability. However, the curvature of the radius showed that no dinosaurian clade had the ability to cross the radius about the ulna, suggesting parallel antebrachial elements for all quadrupedal dinosaurs. We conclude that the bipedal origins of all quadrupedal dinosaur clades could have allowed for greater disparity in forelimb posture than previously appreciated, and future studies on dinosaur posture should not limit their classifications to the overly simplistic extant dichotomy.

  14. Posture and the circulation: the age effect.

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    Smith, J J; Porth, C J

    1991-01-01

    The primary instigator of circulatory response to the upright posture is the rapid displacement of about 10% of blood volume from the thorax to the lower body. The resultant hemodynamic deficit induces postural intolerance, especially orthostatic hypotension, in elderly over 70 years of age and in some young subjects after exposure to weightlessness. In this review, our objectives have been: 1) to describe in the normal subject the hemodynamic consequences of the headup posture, as well as lower body negative pressure, the compensatory responses intended to cope with these stresses, and their mechanisms; 2) to outline the effect of age on the circulatory responses to these stresses; and (3) to analyze and compare the tests currently used to assess circulatory tolerance. Our ability to design effective countermeasures to orthostatic circulatory intolerance is severely handicapped by our inadequate knowledge of the basic hemodynamic events incident to normal and abnormal orthostatic tolerance. We believe that better understanding and standardization of the postural tests, better experimental design to include greater emphasis on inter and intra-individual variability, and wider application of currently available noninvasive circulatory techniques would greatly improve the prospects for success in this research area.

  15. Postural stability assessment in sewer workers.

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    Kuo, W; Bhattacharya, A; Succop, P; Linz, D

    1996-01-01

    In this study, postural stability was measured with a microcomputer-based force platform as an indirect assessment of central nervous system effect in 28 sewer workers (age range 23.4 to 64.5 years, standard deviation of 8.7 years). All workers performed four 30-second postural sway tests. The organic-solvent exposure was measured by a photo-ionization detector. The photo-ionization detector was calibrated to measure volatile organic solvents in total benzene equivalence, and concentrations were measured in various parts of the plant. The mean exposure was .32 parts per million (ppm) benzene equivalent (range of .02 to .95 ppm, standard deviation .19 ppm). Based on a covariate adjusted linear multiple-regression model, a statistically significant (p organic-solvent exposure. These workers also had increased postural sway compared with a nonexposed population. The statistically significant correlation between postural sway determinations and organic-solvent exposure was surprising given the very low exposures measured. It is possible that the organic-solvent exposure might not be the causative agent, but rather that the solvents themselves correlate with some other causative exposure, ie, total volatile organics as implicated in the cause of sick-building syndrome.

  16. Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome: a clinical review.

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    Johnson, Jonathan N; Mack, Kenneth J; Kuntz, Nancy L; Brands, Chad K; Porter, Coburn J; Fischer, Philip R

    2010-02-01

    Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome was defined in adult patients as an increase >30 beats per minute in heart rate of a symptomatic patient when moving from supine to upright position. Clinical signs may include postural tachycardia, headache, abdominal discomfort, dizziness/presyncope, nausea, and fatigue. The most common adolescent presentation involves teenagers within 1-3 years of their growth spurt who, after a period of inactivity from illness or injury, cannot return to normal activity levels because of symptoms induced by upright posture. Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome is complex and likely has numerous, concurrent pathophysiologic etiologies, presenting along a wide spectrum of potential symptoms. Nonpharmacologic treatment includes (1) increasing aerobic exercise, (2) lower-extremity strengthening, (3) increasing fluid/salt intake, (4) psychophysiologic training for management of pain/anxiety, and (5) family education. Pharmacologic treatment is recommended on a case-by-case basis, and can include beta-blocking agents to blunt orthostatic increases in heart rate, alpha-adrenergic agents to increase peripheral vascular resistance, mineralocorticoid agents to increase blood volume, and serotonin reuptake inhibitors. An interdisciplinary research approach may determine mechanistic root causes of symptoms, and is investigating novel management plans for affected patients.

  17. Forearm posture and mobility in quadrupedal dinosaurs.

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    VanBuren, Collin S; Bonnan, Matthew

    2013-01-01

    Quadrupedality evolved four independent times in dinosaurs; however, the constraints associated with these transitions in limb anatomy and function remain poorly understood, in particular the evolution of forearm posture and rotational ability (i.e., active pronation and supination). Results of previous qualitative studies are inconsistent, likely due to an inability to quantitatively assess the likelihood of their conclusions. We attempt to quantify antebrachial posture and mobility using the radius bone because its morphology is distinct between extant sprawled taxa with a limited active pronation ability and parasagittal taxa that have an enhanced ability to actively pronate the manus. We used a sliding semi-landmark, outline-based geometric morphometric approach of the proximal radial head and a measurement of the angle of curvature of the radius in a sample of 189 mammals, 49 dinosaurs, 35 squamates, 16 birds, and 5 crocodilians. Our results of radial head morphology showed that quadrupedal ceratopsians, bipedal non-hadrosaurid ornithopods, and theropods had limited pronation/supination ability, and sauropodomorphs have unique radial head morphology that likely allowed limited rotational ability. However, the curvature of the radius showed that no dinosaurian clade had the ability to cross the radius about the ulna, suggesting parallel antebrachial elements for all quadrupedal dinosaurs. We conclude that the bipedal origins of all quadrupedal dinosaur clades could have allowed for greater disparity in forelimb posture than previously appreciated, and future studies on dinosaur posture should not limit their classifications to the overly simplistic extant dichotomy.

  18. Postural rehabilitation and Kinesio taping for axial postural disorders in Parkinson's disease.

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    Capecci, Marianna; Serpicelli, Chiara; Fiorentini, Luca; Censi, Giovanna; Ferretti, Matteo; Orni, Chiara; Renzi, Rosita; Provinciali, Leandro; Ceravolo, Maria Gabriella

    2014-06-01

    To assess the effects of postural rehabilitation (PR) on trunk asymmetry and balance, with and without Kinesio taping (KT) of the back muscles as additional treatment, in patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) who have postural disorders. Single-blind, randomized controlled trial with 1-month follow-up. Ambulatory care in referral center. Patients (N=20) with PD showing postural abnormalities of the trunk, in the sagittal and/or coronal plane. Four weeks of patient-tailored proprioceptive and tactile stimulation, combined with stretching and postural reeducation, was provided to 13 subjects (PR group), while 7 received no treatment (control group). Six of the 13 subjects receiving PR also had KT strips applied to their trunk muscles, according to the features of their postural abnormalities. Berg Balance Scale, Timed Up and Go, and degrees of trunk bending in the sagittal and coronal planes were assessed at the enrollment (t0), 1 month later (t1), and 2 months later (t2). At t1, all treated patients showed a significant improvement in trunk posture in both the sagittal (P=.002) and coronal planes (P=.01), compared with baseline. Moreover, they showed an improvement in measures of gait and balance (Pposture correction and trunk movements, muscle stretching, and proprioceptive stimulation may usefully impact PD axial symptoms. Repeated training is advocated to avoid waning of the effect. Copyright © 2014 American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  19. Postural control in women with breast hypertrophy

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    Alessandra Ferreira Barbosa

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: The consequences of breast hypertrophy have been described based on the alteration of body mass distribution, leading to an impact on psychological and physical aspects. The principles of motor control suggest that breast hypertrophy can lead to sensorimotor alterations and the impairment of body balance due to postural misalignment. The aim of this study is to evaluate the postural control of women with breast hypertrophy under different sensory information conditions. METHOD: This cross-sectional study included 14 women with breast hypertrophy and 14 without breast hypertrophy, and the mean ages of the groups were 39 ±15 years and 39±16 years, respectively. A force platform was used to assess the sensory systems that contribute to postural control: somatosensory, visual and vestibular. Four postural conditions were sequentially tested: eyes open and fixed platform, eyes closed and fixed platform, eyes open and mobile platform, and eyes closed and mobile platform. The data were processed, and variables related to the center of pressure were analyzed for each condition. The Kruskal-Wallis test was used to compare the conditions between the groups for the area of center of pressure displacement and the velocity of center of pressure displacement in the anterior-posterior and medial-lateral directions. The alpha level error was set at 0.05. RESULTS: Women with breast hypertrophy presented an area that was significantly higher for three out of four conditions and a higher velocity of center of pressure displacement in the anterior-posterior direction under two conditions: eyes open and mobile platform and eyes closed and mobile platform. CONCLUSIONS: Women with breast hypertrophy have altered postural control, which was demonstrated by the higher area and velocity of center of pressure displacement.

  20. Body posture and syndromes of back pain.

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    Nowotny, Janusz; Nowotny-Czupryna, Olga; Brzęk, Anna; Kowalczyk, Anna; Czupryna, Krzysztof

    2011-01-01

    The effects of faulty postures include disturbances of the symmetric distribution of compressive and tensile forces acting on both sides of the body axis and the emergence of harmful shear forces. The torques of antigravity muscles also change unfavourably. This may lead to the development of a repetitive strain syndrome, stenosis of intervertebral foramina, compression of nerve roots and back pain. The development of back pain syndromes is significantly affected by the performance of various work-related tasks in non-ergonomic positions. The aim of the study was to investigate the association between back pain syndromes and the quality of body posture, especially in the context of work ergonomics. The study enrolled 125 persons: 39 adults with a childhood history of scoliosis, 39 midwives, and 47 physiotherapists. Body posture was assessed in all participants. In midwives and physiotherapists, body position during the performance of work-related tasks was also evaluated. The frequency and severity of pain was assessed with the Jackson-Moskowitz measure. The study revealed that over 80% of the participants suffered from spinal pain. In most cases, the pain was intermittent and was felt in the lumbar spine. The occurrence of pain among midwives and physiotherapists was not directly dependent on the predominant type of abnormal spinal position assumed during the performance of occupational tasks or the quality of body posture. The complaint was also reported by ca. 85% of persons with a history of scoliosis. An incorrect body posture (especially scoliosis) and performance of work-related tasks in non-ergonomic positions increase the probability of back pain.

  1. Doença de Ménière e vertigem postural

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    Boaglio Mirella

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: A associação entre doença de Ménière e a vertigem postural tem sido descrita por vários autores. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a presença do nistagmo de posicionamento e da sensação vertiginosa posicional em pacientes portadores de Doença de Ménière. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Clínico prospectivo. MÉTODO: Foram avaliados 44 pacientes com diagnóstico definitivo de doença de Ménière segundo avaliação clínica e audiológica (preenchendo os critérios diagnósticos da American Academy of Otolaryngology e confirmação da hidropisia endolinfática por eletrococleografia (relação SP/AP >30%. O estudo do nistagmo de posicionamento foi realizado por meio da manobra de Brandt-Daroff com utilização das lentes de Frenzel -13 dioptrias. O exame foi considerado alterado pela presença de nistagmo e/ou vertigem. RESULTADOS: Na pesquisa do nistagmo de posicionamento, 7 pacientes (16% apresentaram nistagmo e vertigem, 23 (52,2% apresentaram vertigem sem o registro de nistagmo, e 14 (31,8% não apresentaram alteração alguma. Considerando a presença isolada de vertigem como alteração do exame e a presença de vertigem postural associada à presença de nistagmo postural, o total de alterações foi de 68,1% (30 pacientes nesta amostra. CONCLUSÃO: A associação entre Doença de Menière e vertigem postural é relevante e sua real incidência dependerá dos critérios utilizados para definir esta associação. Neste trabalho, tanto o desencadeamento de nistagmo quanto de sensação vertiginosa à manobra de Brandt-Daroff foram considerados positivos para a constatação desta associação. Com esta metodologia, a presença de vertigem postural em pacientes com Ménière foi de 68%.

  2. Efeito da equoterapia na estabilidade postural de portadores de esclerose múltipla: estudo preliminar Efecto de la hipoterapia en la estabilidad postural de portadores de esclerosis múltiple: estudio preliminar Effect of hippotherapy on the postural stability of patients with multiple sclerosis: a preliminary study

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    Karla Mendonça Menezes

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Este estudo se propôs a verificar se a estimulação por meio da equoterapia é capaz de desencadear alterações no controle postural de portadores de esclerose múltipla (EM. MÉTODO: Fizeram parte deste estudo 11 portadores de EM divididos em Grupo Intervenção (GI e Grupo Controle (GC. O GI foi inserido num programa de hipoterapia durante 4 meses, sendo conduzidas 2 sessões semanais com duração de 50 minutos cada. A estabilidade postural foi avaliada utilizando uma plataforma de força (para calcular o deslocamento do centro de pressão (COP, durante 30 segundos, em postura ereta quasi-estática, com olhos abertos e fechados, antes e após o treinamento com equoterapia. O tratamento estatístico foi feito através do ANOVA e Post hoc de Tukey com pOBJETIVO: El objetivo de éste estudio fue identificar los efectos de la hipoterapia sobre el control postural en pacientes con esclerosis múltiple (EM. MÉTODO: Hicieron parte de este estudio 11 portadores de EM divididos en Grupo Intervención (GI y Grupo Control (GC. El GI fue insertado en un programa de hipoterapia durante cuatro meses, siendo realizadas dos sesiones semanales con duración de 50 minutos cada una. La estabilidad postural fue evaluada utilizando una plataforma de fuerza (para calcular el desplazamiento del centro de presión (COP, durante 30 segundos en postura erecta casi-estática, con ojos abiertos y cerrados, antes y después del entrenamiento con hipoterapia. El tratamiento estadístico fue realizado a través de ANOVA y Post hoc de Tukey con pOBJECTIVE: This study intended to identify the effects of hippotherapy on the postural control of multiple sclerosis (MS patients. METHODS: Eleven MS patients were separated into two groups: Intervention Group (IG and Control Group (CG. Hippotherapy consisted of two 50-minute sessions each week for four months. Postural stability was evaluated before and after hippotherapy using a force plate to calculate the center of

  3. Efeito da técnica isostretching no equilíbrio postural Effect of the isostretching technique on postural balance

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    Vanessa Vilela Monte-Raso

    2009-06-01

    Full Text Available O objetivo do estudo foi avaliar os efeitos da técnica isostretching em alterações posturais. Doze voluntários com aumento da cifose torácica, escoliose, protrusão de cabeça e ombros foram tratados com a técnica isostretching três vezes por semana em sessões de 1 hora cada. Foram divididos em dois grupos, segundo o número de sessões de tratamento que freqüentaram: grupo 1 (n=8, mais de 30 sessões e grupo 2 (n=4, menos de 30 sessões. Para a avaliação postural, os voluntários foram fotografados antes e após o tratamento no plano frontal anterior e posterior, no plano sagital ereto e em flexão anterior de tronco. Os dados foram analisados estatisticamente, considerando o nível de significância de 5%. No grupo 1, os resultados foram satisfatórios quanto às modificações no alinhamento do triângulo de Talles (ΔT esquerdo (f=0,00, ângulo coxofemoral (f=0,00, ângulo tibiotársico (f=0,00 e alinhamento da coluna torácica (f=0,01. Nos indivíduos do grupo 2, os resultados foram satisfatórios quanto ao alinhamento do joelho esquerdo (f=0,03, ΔT esquerdo (f=0,00, ΔT direito (f=0,01, alinhamento da coluna torácica (f=0,03 e alinhamento da cabeça (f=0,02. A técnica de isostretching, nas posturas adotadas neste estudo, foi pois eficaz no alinhamento da coluna vertebral torácica nos dois grupos, bem como na melhora da flexibilidade no grupo 1; entretanto, não houve melhora nas assimetrias posturais no plano frontal, independente do número de sessões freqüentadas pelos sujeitos.The purpose was to assess the effects of the isostretching technique on postural changes. Twelve subjects with increased thoracic kyphosis, scoliosis, head and shoulders protusion were treated with the isostretching technique in three one-hour weekly sessions. Subjects were dividded into two groups according to the number of sessions attended: group 1 (n=8, over 30 sessions; and group 2 (n=4 attended less than 30 sessions. In order to assess

  4. Vertigem postural fóbica: aspectos clínicos e evolutivos Phobic postural vertigo: clinical aspects and course of illness

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    Jovana G.M. Ciríaco

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available A vertigem postural fóbica (VPF, o segundo diagnóstico mais freqüente em ambulatório de distúrbios vestibulares, é síndrome somatoforme caracterizada por desequilíbrio subjetivo e ataques breves de vertigem em situações específicas. Em período de 18 meses, a VPF foi observada em 41 pacientes, de 251 atendidos. Vinte e seis apresentavam VPF primária; em 65% havia distúrbios de ansiedade ou depressão, e 15 pacientes tiveram diagnóstico de VPF secundária. O exame neurológico e a avaliação complementar foram normais na maioria dos casos. Observou-se resposta favorável ao tratamento (antidepressivos, benzodiazepínicos, psicoterapia e/ou orientações em 62% dos pacientes, sem diferença entre os grupos de VPF primária e VPF secundária. Apesar da alta prevalência, a VPF é subdiagnosticada. Entretanto, seu reconhecimento é importante para o tratamento adequado, evitando recorrência e incapacitação.Phobic postural vertigo (PPV is the second most common diagnosis on a dizziness unit. It is a somatoform syndrome characterized as a chronic and incapacitating condition with subjective imbalance and short attacks of dizziness. During a period of 18 months, PPV was observed in 41 patients among 251 of a dizziness unit. Twenty-six had primary PPV, among whom 65% had depressive or anxiety disorders, and 15 patients were diagnosed at secondary PPV. Normal neurological examination and diagnostic tests were observed in most cases. A favorable response to treatment (antidepressants, benzodiazepines, psychotherapy and/or orientation was observed in 62% of all patients, without difference between both groups - primary and secondary PPV. Despite the high prevalence, PPV is misdiagnosed. Therefore one must attempt to recognize it, since its appropriate treatment prevents recurrence and incapacitation.

  5. Relationship between Postural Sway and Dynamic Balance in Stroke Patients.

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    Cho, Kihun; Lee, Kyoungsuk; Lee, Byungjoon; Lee, Hwangjae; Lee, Wanhee

    2014-12-01

    [Purpose] The purpose of the current study was to investigate the relationship between postural sway and dynamic balance in post stroke patients. [Subjects] Thirty-one stroke patients (20 men and 11 women; age 64.25 years; stroke duration 12.70 months; MMSE-K score 26.35) participated in this study. [Methods] This study applied a cross-sectional design. A Good Balance system was used for measurement of the postural sway velocity (anteroposterior and mediolateral) and velocity moment of subjects under the eyes open and eyes closed conditions in a standing posture. The postural sway of subjects was measured under two surface conditions (stable and unstable surfaces). [Results] On the unstable surface (foam), no significant correlation was observed between postural sway and dynamic balance except for the berg balance scale (BBS) score and anteroposterior postural sway velocity under the eyes open condition, anteroposterior postural sway velocity under the eyes closed condition, and postural sway velocity moment. In addition, in the stable condition, no significant correlation was observed between postural sway and dynamic balance. [Conclusion] Our results indicate that a decrease in postural sway does not necessarily reflect improvement of dynamic balance ability. We believe that this finding may be useful in balance rehabilitation for prevention of falls after a stroke.

  6. Neutral lumbar spine sitting posture in pain-free subjects.

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    O'Sullivan, Kieran; O'Dea, Patrick; Dankaerts, Wim; O'Sullivan, Peter; Clifford, Amanda; O'Sullivan, Leonard

    2010-12-01

    Sitting is a common aggravating factor in low back pain (LBP), and re-education of sitting posture is a common aspect of LBP management. However, there is debate regarding what is an optimal sitting posture. This pilot study had 2 aims; to investigate whether pain-free subjects can be reliably positioned in a neutral sitting posture (slight lumbar lordosis and relaxed thorax); and to compare perceptions of neutral sitting posture to habitual sitting posture (HSP). The lower lumbar spine HSP of seventeen pain-free subjects was initially recorded. Subjects then assumed their own subjectively perceived ideal posture (SPIP). Finally, 2 testers independently positioned the subjects into a tester perceived neutral posture (TPNP). The inter-tester reliability of positioning in TPNP was very good (intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) = 0.91, mean difference = 3% of range of motion). A repeated measures ANOVA revealed that HSP was significantly more flexed than both SPIP and TPNP (p 0.05). HSP was more kyphotic than all other postures. This study suggests that pain-free subjects can be reliably positioned in a neutral lumbar sitting posture. Further investigation into the role of neutral sitting posture in LBP subjects is warranted. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Smart garment for trunk posture monitoring: A preliminary study

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    Wong Man

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Poor postures of the spine have been considered in association with a number of spinal musculoskeletal disorders, including structural deformity of the spine and back pain. Improper posturing for the patients with spinal disorders may further deteriorate their pain and deformities. Therefore, posture training has been proposed and its rationale is to use the patient's own back muscles to keep the spine within the natural curvature. A posture training device may help to facilitate this therapeutic approach by providing continuous posture monitoring and feedback signals to the patient when "poor" posture is detected. In addition, the users of the device may learn good postural habits that could carry over into their whole life. Methods A smart garment with integrated accelerometers and gyroscopes, which can detect postural changes in terms of curvature variation of the spine in the sagittal and coronal planes, has been developed with intention to facilitate posture training. The smart garment was evaluated in laboratory tests and with 5 normal subjects during their daily activities. Results Laboratory tests verified that the accuracy of the system is Conclusion The smart garment has been developed to be a portable and user-friendly trunk posture monitoring system and it could be used for collection of the trunk posture information and provision of instant feedback to the user if necessary for posture training purpose. The current pilot study demonstrated that the posture of normal subjects could be monitored and trained via this smart garment. With further clinical investigations, this system could be considered in some flexible spinal deformities such as scoliosis and kyphosis.

  8. Obesity impact on the attentional cost for controlling posture.

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    Jean-Baptiste Mignardot

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: This study investigated the effects of obesity on attentional resources allocated to postural control in seating and unipedal standing. METHODS: Ten non obese adults (BMI = 22.4±1.3, age = 42.4±15.1 and 10 obese adult patients (BMI = 35.2±2.8, age = 46.2±19.6 maintained postural stability on a force platform in two postural tasks (seated and unipedal. The two postural tasks were performed (1 alone and (2 in a dual-task paradigm in combination with an auditory reaction time task (RT. Performing the RT task together with the postural one was supposed to require some attentional resources that allowed estimating the attentional cost of postural control. 4 trials were performed in each condition for a total of 16 trials. FINDINGS: (1 Whereas seated non obese and obese patients exhibited similar centre of foot pressure oscillations (CoP, in the unipedal stance only obese patients strongly increased their CoP sway in comparison to controls. (2 Whatever the postural task, the additional RT task did not affect postural stability. (3 Seated, RT did not differ between the two groups. (4 RT strongly increased between the two postural conditions in the obese patients only, suggesting that body schema and the use of internal models was altered with obesity. INTERPRETATION: Obese patients needed more attentional resources to control postural stability during unipedal stance than non obese participants. This was not the case in a more simple posture such as seating. To reduce the risk of fall as indicated by the critical values of CoP displacement, obese patients must dedicate a strong large part of their attentional resources to postural control, to the detriment of non-postural events. Obese patients were not able to easily perform multitasking as healthy adults do, reflecting weakened psycho-motor abilities.

  9. The Theoretical Consideration on Postures and Worlds in Infants with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficultes

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    進, 一鷹; シン, カズタカ; Shin, Kazutaka

    1996-01-01

    This paper reports some research on the theoretical consideration on postures and worlds in infants with profound and multiple learning difficulties. Their relations to the world depends on their postures. The postures consists of four ones : i) the posture on their back, ii) the posture on their side, iii) the posure where they move from posture on their stomach to the posture in an upright position, iv) the posture in an upright position sitting at a desk. In the posture on their back, they...

  10. Controlo mecânico de infestantes

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    Barros, José; Freixial, Ricardo

    2011-01-01

    As infestantes são plantas indesejáveis que crescem juntamente com as plantas cultivadas e que interferem no seu desenvolvimento normal. As infestantes podem ser uma das principais causas da diminuição do rendimento das culturas, porque competem com elas para o espaço, para a água, luz solar, nutrientes e dióxido de carbono, podem segregar substâncias alelopáticas, ser o meio no qual temporariamente se instalam alguns organismos responsáveis por inúmeras pragas e doenças que atacam as cul...

  11. The role of anticipatory postural adjustments in compensatory control of posture: 1. Electromyographic analysis.

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    Santos, Marcio J; Kanekar, Neeta; Aruin, Alexander S

    2010-06-01

    Anticipatory (APAs) and compensatory (CPAs) postural adjustments are the two principal mechanisms that the central nervous system uses to maintain equilibrium while standing. We studied the role of APAs in compensatory postural adjustments. Eight subjects were exposed to external predictable and unpredictable perturbations induced at the shoulder level, while standing with eyes open and closed. Electrical activity of leg and trunk muscles was recorded and analyzed during four epochs representing the time duration typical for anticipatory and compensatory postural control. No anticipatory activity of the trunk and leg muscles was seen in the case of unpredictable perturbations; instead, significant compensatory activation of muscles was observed. When the perturbations were predictable, strong anticipatory activation was seen in all the muscles: such APAs were associated with significantly smaller compensatory activity of muscles and COP displacements after the perturbations. The outcome of the study highlights the importance of APAs in control of posture and points out the existence of a relationship between the anticipatory and the compensatory components of postural control. It also suggests a possibility to enhance balance control by improving the APAs responses during external perturbations.

  12. Research of Human Postural Balance Parameters

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    Julius Griškevičius

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available In present article postural balance between subjects with stroke and healthy subjects, is being investigated with eyes opened and eyes closed. In the research participated 30 healthy subjects and 15 subjects with stroke. At the same time two experimental measurements were performed – postural balance was measured using balance platform and oscillations of the centre of mass were observed using two-axial accelerometer. It was noted, that amplitudes of subjects with stroke were larger almost two times than control group’s of healthy subjects. It was find out, that ratios of pressure distribution on both left and right legs are in range from 1 to 0.9 for healthy subjects, and ratios below 0.9 are common for subjects with stroke. When subjects were standing with eyes closed, sway amplitudes were higher and the ratios of load distribution on left and right legs were lower.Article in Lithuanian

  13. Effects of posture on postoperative pulmonary function

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    Nielsen, K G; Holte, Kathrine; Kehlet, H

    2003-01-01

    effect on postoperative pulmonary function in the sitting or standing position compared with the supine. Thus, avoidance of the supine position may improve postoperative pulmonary function. Three of six studies showed a positive effect on postoperative pulmonary function of the lateral side compared......BACKGROUND: Pulmonary morbidity is still a relevant complication to major surgery despite improvements in surgical technique and anaesthetic methods. Postoperative posture may be a pathogenic factor, but the effects of changes in postoperative posture on pulmonary function have not been reviewed...... with the supine. Thus, the lateral position has limited effects on pulmonary function. CONCLUSION: Changes of postoperative position from supine to sitting or standing are of major importance in the interpretation of postoperative pulmonary outcome studies and in future strategies to improve pulmonary outcome....

  14. Normative values for the Foot Posture Index

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    Redmond Anthony C

    2008-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The Foot Posture Index (FPI is a validated method for quantifying standing foot posture, and is being used in a variety of clinical settings. There have however, been no normative data available to date for comparison and reference. This study aimed to establish normative FPI reference values. Methods Studies reporting FPI data were identified by searching online databases. Nine authors contributed anonymised versions of their original datasets comprising 1648 individual observations. The datasets included information relating to centre, age, gender, pathology (if relevant, FPI scores and body mass index (BMI where available. FPI total scores were transformed to interval logit scores as per the Rasch model and normal ranges were defined. Comparisons between groups employed t-tests or ANOVA models as appropriate and data were explored descriptively and graphically. Results The main analysis based on a normal healthy population (n = 619 confirmed that a slightly pronated foot posture is the normal position at rest (mean back transformed FPI raw score = +4. A 'U' shaped relationship existed for age, with minors and older adults exhibiting significantly higher FPI scores than the general adult population (F = 51.07, p t = -1.44, p = 0.149. No relationship was found between the FPI and BMI. Systematic differences from the adult normals were confirmed in patients with neurogenic and idiopathic cavus (F = 216.981, p Conclusion A set of population norms for children, adults and older people have been derived from a large sample. Foot posture is related to age and the presence of pathology, but not influenced by gender or BMI. The normative values identified may assist in classifying foot type for the purpose of research and clinical decision making.

  15. Spinal postural training: Comparison of the postural and mobility effects of electrotherapy, exercise, biofeedback trainer in addition to postural education in university students.

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    Çelenay, Şeyda Toprak; Kaya, Derya Özer; Özüdoğru, Anıl

    2015-01-01

    Spinal posture and mobility are significant for protecting spine. The aim was to compare effects of different postural training interventions on spinal posture and mobility. Ninety-six university students (ages: 18–25 years) were allocated into Electrical Stimulation (ES) (n = 24), Exercise (n = 24), Biofeedback Posture Trainer (Backtone) (n = 24), and Postural Education (n = 24, Controls) groups. All the groups got postural education. The interventions were carried out 3 days a week for 8 weeks. Spinal Mouse device (Idiag, Fehraltorf, Switzerland) was used to detect thoracic and lumbar curvatures and mobility (degrees) in standing and sitting positions. Paired Student’s t-test, one-way ANOVA, and pairwise post-hoc tests were used. ES decreased thoracic curvature, the exercise decreased thoracic and lumbar curvature and increased thoracic mobility in standing position between pre-post training (p mobility increased compared to all groups (p mobility among university students. ES decreased thoracic curve. Biofeedback posture trainer improved sitting posture. A prospective randomized controlled trial, Level 1.

  16. Postural dynamics and habituation to seasickness.

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    Tal, Dror; Bar, Ronen; Nachum, Zohar; Gil, Amnon; Shupak, Avi

    2010-07-26

    The computerized dynamic posturography (CDP) test examines the response pattern to simultaneous, multimodal sensory stimulation. The purpose of this prospective, controlled study was to investigate whether postural dynamics evaluated by CDP are related to seasickness severity and the process of habituation to sea conditions. Subjects included 74 naval personnel assigned to service aboard ship and 29 controls designated for shore-based positions. Study participants performed a baseline CDP test, and subsequent follow-up examinations 6 and 12 months after completion of their training. On those occasions they also completed a seasickness severity questionnaire. Longitudinal changes in postural parameters were examined, as well as a possible correlation between baseline CDP results and final seasickness severity scores. The results indicated longitudinal habituation to seasickness. Reduced scores were found for sensory organization sub-tests 3 and 5 in the first follow-up examination, reflecting increased weighting of visual and somatosensory input in the maintenance of balance. Scores in the second follow-up examination were above baseline values, indicating increased reliance on vestibular cues. These significant bimodal changes were found only in study subjects having the highest degree of habituation to seasickness. A significant decrease in motor response strength was found in parallel with increased habituation to seasickness. Baseline CDP results and postural control dynamics were not correlated with subjects' final seasickness severity score. These results suggest a potential role for CDP in monitoring the process of habituation to unusual motion conditions.

  17. Lead effects on postural balance of children

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    Bhattacharya, A.; Shukla, R.; Bornschein, R.L.; Dietrich, K.N. (Univ. of Cincinnati, OH (USA)); Keith, R. (Univ. of Cincinnati Medical Center, OH (USA))

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    The postural sway responses of 63 children with a mean age of 5.74 years were quantified with a Force Platform technique. The average maximum (max) blood lead (PbB) of these children during the first 5 years of life was 20.7 {mu}g/dL (range 9.2 to 32.5). The backward stepwise regression analysis for sway area response during the eyes-closed, no-foam test with all the covariates and confounders and the PbB parameters showed a significant relationship with peak or max PbB during the second year of life. These results are consistent with their previous study with a smaller group of children. The data have been analyzed to provide some insight into the role of various afferents for the maintenance of postural balance. The results suggests a hypothesis that if the max PbB had caused some level of impairment in the functional capacities or interconnectivity of the vestibular and/or proprioception systems at 2 years of age, then it is reasonable to assume that the redundancy in the postural afferent systems would naturally adapt to rely more on the remaining intact afferent system (in this case, vision).

  18. Ice skating promotes postural control in children.

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    Keller, M; Röttger, K; Taube, W

    2014-12-01

    High fall rates causing injury and enormous financial costs are reported for children. However, only few studies investigated the effects of balance training in children and these studies did not find enhanced balance performance in postural (transfer) tests. Consequently, it was previously speculated that classical balance training might not be stimulating enough for children to adequately perform these exercises. Therefore, the aim of this study is to evaluate the influence of ice skating as an alternative form of balance training. Volunteers of an intervention (n = 17; INT: 13.1 ± 0.4 years) and a control group (n = 13; CON: 13.2 ± 0.3 years) were tested before and after training in static and dynamic postural transfer tests. INT participated in eight sessions of ice skating during education lessons, whereas CON participated in normal physical education. Enhanced balance performance was observed in INT but not in CON when tested on an unstable free-swinging platform (P children. More importantly, participating children improved static and dynamic balance control in postural tasks that were not part of the training.

  19. Sintonia de controladores baseada em Sistemas de Inferência Difusa

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    Pires, Nuno Filipe Lopes Agualusa

    2012-01-01

    Este trabalho de pesquisa e desenvolvimento tem como fundamento principal o Conceito de Controlo por Lógica Difusa. Utilizando as ferramentas do software Matlab, foi possível desenvolver um controlador com base na inferência difusa que permitisse controlar qualquer tipo de sistema físico real, independentemente das suas características. O Controlo Lógico Difuso, do inglês “Fuzzy Control”, é um tipo de controlo muito particular, pois permite o uso simultâneo de dados numéricos c...

  20. Postural control and perceptive configuration: influence of expertise in gymnastics.

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    Gautier, Geoffroy; Thouvarecq, Régis; Vuillerme, Nicolas

    2008-07-01

    The purpose of the present experiment was to investigate how postural adaptations to the perceptive configuration are modified by specific gymnastics experience. Two groups, one expert in gymnastics and the other non-expert, had to maintain the erected posture while optical flow was imposed as follows: 20s motionless, 30s approaching motion, and 20s motionless. The centre of pressure and head displacements were analysed. The postural adaptations were characterised by the variability of movements for the flow conditions and by the postural latencies for the flow transitions. The results showed that the gymnasts tended to minimise their body movements and were more stationary (head) but not more stable (COP) than the non-gymnasts. These results suggest that gymnastics experience develops a specific postural adaptability relative to the perceptive configuration. We conclude that a specific postural experience could be considered as an intrinsic constraint, which leads to modification in the patterns of functional adaptation in the perceptive motor space.

  1. Illusory visual motion stimulus elicits postural sway in migraine patients

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    Shu eImaizumi

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Although the perception of visual motion modulates postural control, it is unknown whether illusory visual motion elicits postural sway. The present study examined the effect of illusory motion on postural sway in patients with migraine, who tend to be sensitive to it. We measured postural sway for both migraine patients and controls while they viewed static visual stimuli with and without illusory motion. The participants’ postural sway was measured when they closed their eyes either immediately after (Experiment 1, or 30 seconds after (Experiment 2, viewing the stimuli. The patients swayed more than the controls when they closed their eyes immediately after viewing the illusory motion (Experiment 1, and they swayed less than the controls when they closed their eyes 30 seconds after viewing it (Experiment 2. These results suggest that static visual stimuli with illusory motion can induce postural sway that may last for at least 30 seconds in patients with migraine.

  2. Efeitos de dois programas de exercício na endurance de tronco, controlo lombo-pélvico, perceção de dor lombar e fadiga, funcionalidade e qualidade de vida: Pilates Clínico vs Exercícios segundo McGill

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    Tavares, Maria

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    Introdução: A lombalgia crónica assume uma elevada prevalência e graves repercussões a nível socioeconómico, sendo inúmeras as abordagens terapêuticas para o seu tratamento e prevenção. Existindo forte evidência da eficácia dos exercícios terapêuticos no seu tratamento, importa saber quais os mais efetivos. Objectivos: Comparar a efetividade de dois programas de exercício terapêutico na endurance do tronco, no controlo lombo-pélvico, na perceção de dor lombar e fadiga, na funci...

  3. A influência das adipocitinas no perfil glicolipídico em diabéticos mellitus tipo 2 com síndrome metabólica

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    Almeida, Bruno Alexandre Paulo dos Santos

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    Introdução: o tecido adiposo é considerado um órgão endócrino activo, com elevada actividade metabólica. Os adipócitos produzem e segregam várias adipocitocinas, com efeitos endócrinos, parácrinos e autócrinos que desempenham um papel relevante no controlo metabólico da diabetes e obesidade. Materiais e métodos: foram recrutados 309 doentes com média de idades de 51±13,5 anos, no período compreendido entre Dezembro de 2008 e Outubro de 2010. Procedeu-se à divisão em dois gru...

  4. Early motor outpatient service intervention for postural control in preterm neonates Intervenção motora precoce ambulatorial para neonatos prematuros no controle postural

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    Clarissa Balbão Almeida

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To insure the motor acquisitions related to the Axial Spontaneous Not Communicative Development, which means postural control and displacement. This was done through an early motor intervention physiotherapy program in preterm neonates born at HSL-PUCRS. Materials and Methods: the interventional program included tasks of visual harassment, toys manipulation and postural control, based on Bobath concept. All five preterms who have participated in the program were evaluated by the physiotherapy service, using The Brazilian Scale of Child behavior Development in the First Year of Life, in the beginning of the study and repeated every two months. Results: The study shows no statistical significant results in relation to postural tasks, dynamic balance and displacement. However, a progression in the preterm’s classification evaluations was demonstrated. In the first month of evaluation the median was 3 (regular classification and in the third and fifth month of evaluation the median maintained in 4 (good classification. Conclusion: The early motor intervention provided a progression in the evaluation`s classification of motor acquisitions of the preterms development, however, no statistical significant results related to postural tasks, dinamic balance and displacemen was shown.Objetivo: Verificar as aquisições motoras relacionadas ao desenvolvimento axial espontâneo não comunicativo, ou seja, controle postural e deslocamento. Isto foi feito através de um programa de intervenção motora fisioterapêutica precoce em neonatos prematuros nascidos no Hospital São Lucas - PUCRS. Materiais e Métodos: Tarefas de perseguição visual, manipulação de brinquedos e de controle postural, baseados no conceito Bobath, foram implementadas no programa interventivo. Todos os 5 prematuros que participaram deste estudo foram avaliados pelo serviço de fisioterapia por meio da Escala de Desenvolvimento do Comportamento da Criança no Primeiro Ano

  5. Increased dynamic regulation of postural tone through Alexander Technique training

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    Cacciatore, TW; Gurfinkel, VS; Horak, FB; Cordo, PJ; Ames, KE

    2010-01-01

    Gurfinkel and colleagues (2006) recently found that healthy adults dynamically modulate postural muscle tone in the body axis during anti-gravity postural maintenance and that this modulation is inversely correlated with axial stiffness. Our objective in the present study was to investigate whether dynamic modulation of axial postural tone can change through training. We examined whether teachers of the Alexander Technique (AT), who undergo “long-term” (3-year) training, have greater modulati...

  6. Head and scapular posture in flutists: a pilot controlled study

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    Teixeira, Z; Lã, F; Silva, A.

    2011-01-01

    Instrumental practice which requires asymmetrical postures might, in the long term, potentiate musculoskeletal disorders and lead to pain. This, in turn, may have a negative impact on musical performance quality. Thus, the assessment of postural deviations among musicians is of the outmost importance in instrumental pedagogy. This study aims to compare the head and scapular posture of flutists with different levels of expertise and a control group of singers. Results suggest...

  7. The relationship between the stomatognathic system and body posture

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    Antonino Cuccia; Carola Caradonna

    2009-01-01

    In recent years, many researchers have investigated the various factors that can influence body posture: mood states, anxiety, head and neck positions, oral functions (respiration, swallowing), oculomotor and visual systems, and the inner ear. Recent studies indicate a role for trigeminal afferents on body posture, but this has not yet been demonstrated conclusively. The present study aims to review the papers that have shown a relationship between the stomatognathic system and body posture. ...

  8. Time-of-day influences postural balance in older adults

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    Jorgensen, M G; Rathleff, M S; Laessoe, U;

    2012-01-01

    Postural balance assessments are performed in both clinical and basic research settings on a daily basis. During a 24-h time span our physiology and physical performance undergo radical changes as we are influenced by the circadian rhythm. The time-of-day interaction on postural balance is unknown...... in older adults. The aim of this study was to investigate the time-of-day effect on postural balance in older adults....

  9. Clinical characteristics of patients with persistent postural-perceptual dizziness

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    Roseli Saraiva Moreira Bittar; Eliane Maria Dias von Söhsten Lins

    2015-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Persistent postural-perceptual dizziness is the dizziness that lasts for over three months with no clinical explanation for its persistence. The patient's motor response pattern presents changes and most patients manifest significant anxiety. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical characteristics of patients with persistent postural and perceptual dizziness. METHODS: statistical analysis of clinical aspects of patients with persistent postural-perceptual dizziness. RESULTS: 81 pati...

  10. Development of the Coordination between Posture and Manual Control

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    Haddad, Jeffrey M.; Claxton, Laura J.; Keen, Rachel; Berthier, Neil; Riccio, Gary E.; Hamill, Joseph; Van Emmerik, Richard

    2011-01-01

    Studies have suggested that proper postural control is essential for the development of reaching. However, little research has examined the development of the coordination between posture and manual control throughout childhood. We investigated the coordination between posture and manual control in 7- and 10- year-old children, and adults during a precision fitting task as task constraints became more difficult. Participants fit a block through an opening as arm kinematics, trunk kinematics a...

  11. Effects of hippotherapy on posture in individuals with Down Syndrome

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    Espindula, Ana Paula; Ribeiro,Mariane Fernandes; Souza,Luciane Aparecida Pascucci Sande de; Ferreira,Alex Abadio; Ferraz,Mara Lúcia da Fonseca; Teixeira,Vicente de Paula Antunes

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    Abstract Introduction: Individuals with Down syndrome (DS) have alterations that affect the musculoskeletal system, causing abnormal patterns, and alter the morphological anatomical and mechanical axes that provide intrinsic stability to the skeleton, and can trigger misalignments and orthopedic disorders in adulthood. Objective: The objective of student to evaluate posture and postural alignment before and after the hippotherapyin individuals with DS. Methods: Posture of five individual...

  12. Inactivity periods and postural change speed can explain atypical postural change patterns of Caenorhabditis elegans mutants.

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    Fukunaga, Tsukasa; Iwasaki, Wataru

    2017-01-19

    With rapid advances in genome sequencing and editing technologies, systematic and quantitative analysis of animal behavior is expected to be another key to facilitating data-driven behavioral genetics. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a model organism in this field. Several video-tracking systems are available for automatically recording behavioral data for the nematode, but computational methods for analyzing these data are still under development. In this study, we applied the Gaussian mixture model-based binning method to time-series postural data for 322 C. elegans strains. We revealed that the occurrence patterns of the postural states and the transition patterns among these states have a relationship as expected, and such a relationship must be taken into account to identify strains with atypical behaviors that are different from those of wild type. Based on this observation, we identified several strains that exhibit atypical transition patterns that cannot be fully explained by their occurrence patterns of postural states. Surprisingly, we found that two simple factors-overall acceleration of postural movement and elimination of inactivity periods-explained the behavioral characteristics of strains with very atypical transition patterns; therefore, computational analysis of animal behavior must be accompanied by evaluation of the effects of these simple factors. Finally, we found that the npr-1 and npr-3 mutants have similar behavioral patterns that were not predictable by sequence homology, proving that our data-driven approach can reveal the functions of genes that have not yet been characterized. We propose that elimination of inactivity periods and overall acceleration of postural change speed can explain behavioral phenotypes of strains with very atypical postural transition patterns. Our methods and results constitute guidelines for effectively finding strains that show "truly" interesting behaviors and systematically uncovering novel gene

  13. Postural responses explored through classical conditioning.

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    Campbell, A D; Dakin, C J; Carpenter, M G

    2009-12-15

    The purpose of the study was to determine whether the central nervous system (CNS) requires the sensory feedback generated by balance perturbations in order to trigger postural responses (PRs). In Experiment 1, twenty-one participants experienced toes-up support-surface tilts in two blocks. Control blocks involved unexpected balance perturbations whereas an auditory tone cued the onset of balance perturbations in Conditioning blocks. A single Cue-Only trial followed each block (Cue-Only(Control) and Cue-Only(Conditioning) trials) in the absence of balance perturbations. Cue-Only(Conditioning) trials were used to determine whether postural perturbations were required in order to trigger PRs. Counter-balancing the order of Control and Conditioning blocks allowed Cue-Only(Control) trials to examine both the audio-spinal/acoustic startle effects of the auditory cue and the carryover effects of the initial conditioning procedure. In Experiment 2, six participants first experienced five consecutive Tone-Only trials that were followed by twenty-five conditioning trials. After conditioning, five Tone-Only trials were again presented consecutively to first elicit and then extinguish the conditioned PRs. Surface electromyography (EMG) recorded muscle activity in soleus (SOL), tibialis anterior (TA) and rectus femoris (RF). EMG onset latencies and amplitudes were calculated together with the onset latency, peak and time-to-peak of shank angular accelerations. Results indicated that an auditory cue could be conditioned to initiate PRs in multiple muscles without balance-relevant sensory triggers generated by balance perturbations. Postural synergies involving excitation of TA and RF and inhibition of SOL were observed following the Cue-Only(Conditioning) trials that resulted in shank angular accelerations in the direction required to counter the expected toes-up tilt. Postural synergies were triggered in response to the auditory cue even 15 min post-conditioning. Furthermore

  14. Neck pain and postural balance among workers with high postural demands - a cross-sectional study

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    Jørgensen, Marie B.; Skotte, Jørgen H.; Holtermann, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    . Participants were asked to stand on a force platform for 30 s in the Romberg position with eyes open and closed. The centre of pressure of the sway was calculated, and separated into a slow (rambling) and fast (trembling) component. Subsequently, the 95% confidence ellipse area (CEA) was calculated...... in the Romberg position with eyes closed, but not with eyes open. Postural balance is impaired among cleaners with neck pain and the current study suggests a particular role of the slow component of postural sway. Furthermore, the unilateral stance test is a simple test to illustrate functional impairment among...

  15. The Effect of Training on Postural Control in Dyslexic Children

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    Goulème, Nathalie; Gérard, Christophe-Loïc; Bucci, Maria Pia

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to explore whether a short postural training period could affect postural stability in dyslexic children. Postural performances were evaluated using Multitest Equilibre from Framiral. Posture was recorded in three different viewing conditions (eyes open fixating a target, eyes closed and eyes open with perturbed vision) and in two different postural conditions (on stable and unstable support). Two groups of dyslexic children participated in the study, i.e. G1: 16 dyslexic participants (mean age 9.9 ± 0.3 years) who performed short postural training and G2: 16 dyslexic participants of similar ages (mean age 9.1 ± 0.3 years) who did not perform any short postural training. Findings showed that short postural training improved postural stability on unstable support surfaces with perturbed vision: indeed the surface, the mean velocity of CoP and the spectral power indices in both directions decreased significantly, and the cancelling time in the antero-posterior direction improved significantly. Such improvement could be due to brain plasticity, which allows better performance in sensory process and cerebellar integration. PMID:26162071

  16. Eye Movements Affect Postural Control in Young and Older Females.

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    Thomas, Neil M; Bampouras, Theodoros M; Donovan, Tim; Dewhurst, Susan

    2016-01-01

    Visual information is used for postural stabilization in humans. However, little is known about how eye movements prevalent in everyday life interact with the postural control system in older individuals. Therefore, the present study assessed the effects of stationary gaze fixations, smooth pursuits, and saccadic eye movements, with combinations of absent, fixed and oscillating large-field visual backgrounds to generate different forms of retinal flow, on postural control in healthy young and older females. Participants were presented with computer generated visual stimuli, whilst postural sway and gaze fixations were simultaneously assessed with a force platform and eye tracking equipment, respectively. The results showed that fixed backgrounds and stationary gaze fixations attenuated postural sway. In contrast, oscillating backgrounds and smooth pursuits increased postural sway. There were no differences regarding saccades. There were also no differences in postural sway or gaze errors between age groups in any visual condition. The stabilizing effect of the fixed visual stimuli show how retinal flow and extraocular factors guide postural adjustments. The destabilizing effect of oscillating visual backgrounds and smooth pursuits may be related to more challenging conditions for determining body shifts from retinal flow, and more complex extraocular signals, respectively. Because the older participants matched the young group's performance in all conditions, decreases of posture and gaze control during stance may not be a direct consequence of healthy aging. Further research examining extraocular and retinal mechanisms of balance control and the effects of eye movements, during locomotion, is needed to better inform fall prevention interventions.

  17. Postural adjustments are modulated by manual task complexity

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    Luis Augusto Teixeira

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Daily life activities of humans are characterized by dual tasks, in which a manual task is performed concomitantly with a postural task. Based on the assumption that both manual and postural tasks require attentional resources, no consensus exists as to how the central nervous system modulates postural adjustments in dual tasks. The aim of the present study was to analyze the effect of a manual task requiring attentional resources on shoulder and ankle adjustments as a function of the direction and predictability of postural perturbation. The participants (n=6 were evaluated during the performance of a simple and a complex manual task, while the base of support was moved backward or forward. Latency of activation of the tibialis anterior and gastroc-nemius muscles and angular acceleration of the shoulder were analyzed. The results showed that execution of the complex manual task delayed postural adjustment. Moreover, this delay occurred differently depending on the direction of postural perturbation. The delay in postural adjustment occurred proximally in the case of anterior displacement of the platform, and distally in the case of posterior displacement. Postural adjustments were more affected by the attentional task than by the predictability of platform displacement. These results are consistent with the concept of an integrated control between manual actions and the maintenance of static posture.

  18. Physical Workload Analysis Among Small Industry Activities Using Postural Data.

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    Rabiul Ahasan, M; Väyrynen, Seppo; Kirvesoja, Heli

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    Small industry workers are often involved in manual handling operations that require awkward body postures, therefore, musculoskeletal disorders and occupational injuries are a major problem. In this study, various types of tasks were recorded with a video camera to chart and analyze different postures by computerized OWAS (Ovako Working Posture Analysing System). Collected data showed that poor postures were adopted not only for lifting or hammering operation but also for other tasks; mostly with bent and twisted back. The main aim was to determine the physical workload by identifying harmful postures and to develop recommendations for improving the existing situation. Forty-eight male workers from eight different units (M age = 37 years) participated. The performed activities were then divided into 26 subtasks. Altogether, 1,534 postures were selected for analysis and then classified into different OAC (OWAS Action Categories). From all observations, unhealthy postures, for which corrective measures had to be considered immediately (i.e., 10.6% classified as OAC III, and 3.3% as OAC IV), were found. The applied method was useful in determining the physical workload by locating potential activities due to harmful postures, providing a detailed description with analysis, and suggesting successful means to reduce postural load.

  19. Effect of different insoles on postural balance: a systematic review.

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    Christovão, Thaluanna Calil Lourenço; Neto, Hugo Pasini; Grecco, Luanda André Collange; Ferreira, Luiz Alfredo Braun; Franco de Moura, Renata Calhes; Eliege de Souza, Maria; Franco de Oliveira, Luis Vicente; Oliveira, Claudia Santos

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    [Purpose] The aim of the present study was to perform a systematic review of the literature on the effect of different insoles on postural balance. [Subjects and Methods] A systematic review was conducted of four databases. The papers retrieved were evaluated based on the following inclusion criteria: 1) design: controlled clinical trial; 2) intervention: insole; 3) outcome: change in static postural balance; and 4) year of publication: 2005 to 2012. [Results] Twelve controlled trials were found comparing the effects of different insoles on postural balance. The papers had methodological quality scores of 3 or 4 on the PEDro scale. [Conclusion] Insoles have benefits that favor better postural balance and control.

  20. Subacromial impingement syndrome: the role of posture and muscle imbalance.

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    Lewis, Jeremy S; Green, Ann; Wright, Christine

    2005-01-01

    Changes in upper body posture, colloquially termed forward head posture (FHP), are considered to be an etiologic factor in the pathogenesis of subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS). The literature suggests that postural deviations associated with FHP follow distinct patterns involving an increase in the thoracic kyphosis angle and a downwardly rotated, anteriorly tilted, and protracted scapula, which in turn leads to increased compression in the subacromial space. These postural changes are thought to occur concurrently with an imbalance of the musculature, and conservative rehabilitation commonly involves addressing both posture and muscle imbalance. There is a paucity of evidence supporting the hypothesis that posture and muscle imbalance are involved in the etiology of SIS. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether FHP was associated with an increased thoracic kyphosis, an altered position of the scapula; and a reduction in glenohumeral elevation range. Selected sagittal and frontal plane postural measurements were made in 60 asymptomatic subjects and 60 subjects with SIS. The findings suggested that upper body posture does not follow the set patterns described in the literature, and further research is required to determine whether upper body and scapular posture and muscle imbalance are involved in the pathogenesis of SIS.

  1. Saccades improve postural control: a developmental study in normal children.

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    Layla Ajrezo

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: Dual-task performance is known to affect postural stability in children. This study focused on the effect of oculomotor tasks like saccadic eye movements on postural stability, studied in a large population of children by recording simultaneously their eye movements and posture. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety-five healthy children from 5.8 to 17.6 years old were examined. All children were free of any vestibular, neurological, ophtalmologic and orthoptic abnormalities. Postural control was measured with a force platform TechnoConcept®, and eye movements with video oculography (MobilEBT®. Children performed two oculomotor tasks: fixation of a stable central target and horizontal saccades. We measured the saccade latency and the number of saccades during fixation as well as the surface, length and mean velocity of the center of pressure. RESULTS: During postural measurement, we observed a correlation between the age on the one hand and a decrease in saccade latency as well as an improvement in the quality of fixation on the other. Postural sway decreases with age and is reduced in the dual task (saccades in comparison with a simple task of fixation. DISCUSSION - CONCLUSION: These results suggest a maturation of neural circuits controlling posture and eye movements during childhood. This study also shows the presence of an interaction between the oculomotor system and the postural system. Engaging in oculomotor tasks results in a reduction of postural sway.

  2. The Effect of Training on Postural Control in Dyslexic Children.

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    Goulème, Nathalie; Gérard, Christophe-Loïc; Bucci, Maria Pia

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to explore whether a short postural training period could affect postural stability in dyslexic children. Postural performances were evaluated using Multitest Equilibre from Framiral. Posture was recorded in three different viewing conditions (eyes open fixating a target, eyes closed and eyes open with perturbed vision) and in two different postural conditions (on stable and unstable support). Two groups of dyslexic children participated in the study, i.e. G1: 16 dyslexic participants (mean age 9.9 ± 0.3 years) who performed short postural training and G2: 16 dyslexic participants of similar ages (mean age 9.1 ± 0.3 years) who did not perform any short postural training. Findings showed that short postural training improved postural stability on unstable support surfaces with perturbed vision: indeed the surface, the mean velocity of CoP and the spectral power indices in both directions decreased significantly, and the cancelling time in the antero-posterior direction improved significantly. Such improvement could be due to brain plasticity, which allows better performance in sensory process and cerebellar integration.

  3. Postural control in strabismic children: importance of proprioceptive information

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    Cynthia eLIONS; Emmanuel eBui Quoc; Sylvette eWiener-Vacher; Maria Pia eBucci

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    ObjectiveTo examine the effect of proprioceptive information during postural control in strabismic children.MethodsPostural stability was recorded with a platform (Techno Concept®) in twelve strabismic children aged from 4.9 to 10 years and data were compared to that of twelve control age-matched children. Two postural positions were performed: Romberg and Tandem. Two postural conditions: without and with foam pad. We analyzed the surface area, the length, the mean speed of the center of pres...

  4. The Effect of Training on Postural Control in Dyslexic Children.

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    Nathalie Goulème

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to explore whether a short postural training period could affect postural stability in dyslexic children. Postural performances were evaluated using Multitest Equilibre from Framiral. Posture was recorded in three different viewing conditions (eyes open fixating a target, eyes closed and eyes open with perturbed vision and in two different postural conditions (on stable and unstable support. Two groups of dyslexic children participated in the study, i.e. G1: 16 dyslexic participants (mean age 9.9 ± 0.3 years who performed short postural training and G2: 16 dyslexic participants of similar ages (mean age 9.1 ± 0.3 years who did not perform any short postural training. Findings showed that short postural training improved postural stability on unstable support surfaces with perturbed vision: indeed the surface, the mean velocity of CoP and the spectral power indices in both directions decreased significantly, and the cancelling time in the antero-posterior direction improved significantly. Such improvement could be due to brain plasticity, which allows better performance in sensory process and cerebellar integration.

  5. Transfer of postural adaptation depends on context of prior exposure.

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    Pienciak-Siewert, Alison; Barletta, Anthony J; Ahmed, Alaa A

    2014-04-01

    Postural control is significantly affected by the postural base of support; however, the effects on postural adaptation are not well understood. Here we investigated how adaptation and transfer of anticipatory postural control are affected by stance width. Subjects made reaching movements in a novel dynamic environment while holding the handle of a force-generating robotic arm. Each subject initially adapted to the dynamics while standing in a wide stance and then switched to a narrow stance, or vice versa. Our hypothesis is that anticipatory postural control, reflected in center of pressure (COP) movement, is not affected by stance width, as long as the control remains within functional limits; therefore we predicted that subjects in either stance would show similar COP movement by the end of adaptation and immediately upon transfer to the other stance. We found that both groups showed similar adaptation of postural control, by using different muscle activation strategies to account for the differing stance widths. One group, after adapting in wide stance, transferred similar postural control to narrow stance, by modifying their muscle activity to account for the new stance. Interestingly, the other group showed an increase in postural control when transferring from narrow to wide stance, associated with no change in muscle activity. These results confirm that adaptation of anticipatory postural control is not affected by stance width, as long as the control remains within biomechanical limits. However, transfer of control between stance widths is affected by the initial context in which the task is learned.

  6. Investigation of compensatory postures with videofluoromanometry in dysphagia patients

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    Antonio Solazzo; Luigi Monaco; Lucia Del Vecchio; Stefania Tamburrini; Francesca Iacobellis; Daniela Berritto; Nunzia Luisa Pizza

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    AIM:To investigate the effectiveness of head compensatory postures to ensure safe oropharyngeal transit.METHODS:A total of 321 dysphagia patients were enrolled and assessed with videofluoromanometry (VFM).The dysphagia patients were classified as follows:safe transit; penetration without aspiration; aspiration before,during or after swallowing; multiple aspirations and no transit.The patients with aspiration or no transit were tested with VFM to determine whether compensatory postures could correct their swallowing disorder.RESULTS:VFM revealed penetration without aspiration in 71 patients (22.1%); aspiration before swallowing in 17 patients (5.3%); aspiration during swallowing in 32 patients (10%); aspiration after swallowing in 21 patients (6.5%); multiple aspirations in six patients (1.9%); no transit in five patients (1.6%); and safe transit in 169 patients (52.6%).Compensatory postures guaranteed a safe transit in 66/75 (88%) patients with aspiration or no transit.A chin-down posture achieved a safe swallow in 42/75 (56%) patients,a head-turned posture in 19/75 (25.3%) and a hyperextended head posture in 5/75 (6.7%).The compensatory postures were not effective in 9/75 (12%) cases.CONCLUSION:VFM allows the speech-language therapist to choose the most effective compensatory posture without a trial-and-error process and check the effectiveness of the posture.

  7. Improved Dynamic Postural Task Performance without Improvements in Postural Responses: The Blessing and the Curse of Dopamine Replacement

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    K. B. Foreman

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Dopamine-replacement medications may improve mobility while not improving responses to postural challenges and could therefore increase fall risk. The purpose of this study was to measure reactive postural responses and gait-related mobility of patients with PD during ON and OFF medication conditions. Methods. Reactive postural responses to the Pull Test and performance of the Functional Gait Assessment (FGA were recorded from 15 persons with PD during ON and OFF medication conditions. Results. Persons with PD demonstrated no significant difference in the reactive postural responses between medication conditions but demonstrated significantly better performance on the FGA when ON medications compared to OFF. Discussion/Conclusion. Dopamine-replacement medications alone may improve gait-related mobility without improvements in reactive postural responses and therefore could result in iatrogenic increases in fall risk. Rehabilitation providers should be aware of the side effects and limitations of medication treatment and implement interventions to improve postural responses.

  8. Observations of working postures in garages using the Ovako Working posture Analysing System (OWAS) and consequent workload reduction recommendations.

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    Kant, I; Notermans, J H; Borm, P J

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    The working postures of mechanics (n = 84) in 42 garages were observed using the Ovako Working posture Analysis System (OWAS). During observation, both working postures and work activities were recorded. A computer program was developed for the data analyses. Using this program it is possible to calculate the working posture load for each work activity and the contribution of a specific activity to the total working posture load. This is a substantial extension of the original OWAS method. Five out of 19 observed postures of the body members were classified as Action Category 2, which suggests they were slightly harmful to the musculoskeletal system and likely to cause discomfort. Of the so-called typical working postures, 31.9% was classified in Action Category 2, suggesting that during a substantial part of the working day typical working postures occur which are at least slightly harmful to the musculoskeletal system. Moreover, those work activities principally causing the workload to fall in OWAS' higher Action Categories were identified. For each of these three work activities an alternative work method was observed. The data show that in all three work activities the use of a vehicle lift reduces the number of poor working postures thereby reducing the load on the musculoskeletal system.

  9. A flexed posture in elderly patients is associated with impairments in postural control during walking

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    de Groot, Maartje H.; van der Jagt-Willems, Hanna C.; van Campen, Jos P. C. M.; Lems, Willem F.; Beijnen, Jos H.; Lamoth, Claudine J. C.

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    A flexed posture (FP) is characterized by protrusion of the head and an increased thoracic kyphosis (TK), which may be caused by osteoporotic vertebral fractures (VFs). These impairments may affect motor function, and consequently increase the risk of falling and fractures. The aim of the current st

  10. Control of postural alignment in patients with Parkinsons disease: analysis through postural software (SAPO

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    Lucia Martins Barbatto

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    Full Text Available This study assesses the alignment of posture and postural control in patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD. Fifty individuals, aged 60–80 years, were viewed in the anterior, posterior, right lateral, and left positions by software for postural assessment (SAPO. The individuals were grouped according to the disease stage and the stage of medication (i.e. “on” or “off” levodopa. In the intermediate to advanced stages, there was a significant standard deviation in the horizontal alignment acromions, in the horizontal alignment of the anterior superior iliac spines, and in the angle between the acromia and the two anterior superior iliac spines. The side view of the left and right relationships was statistically significant for all variables. The “on” stage and the “off” stage groups showed no significant deviation. There was no statistically significant correlation between the center of gravity in the frontal and sagittal planes of the dominant hand and the side of symptom onset. In PD, individuals have increased cervical lordosis and thoracic kyphosis; an anteriorized head; reduced lumbar curvature; increased valgus, increased knee flexion angle; a decline in the support base; zero step; reduced postural stability; anteriorized center of gravity; and changes in the base of support.

  11. Both anticipatory and compensatory postural adjustments are adapted while catching a ball in unstable standing posture.

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    Scariot, Vanessa; Rios, Jaqueline L; Claudino, Renato; dos Santos, Eloá C; Angulski, Hanna B B; dos Santos, Marcio J

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    The main objective of this study was to analyze the role of balance exercises on anticipatory (APA) and compensatory (CPA) postural adjustments in different conditions of postural stability. Sixteen subjects were required to catch a ball while standing on rigid floor, trampoline and foam cushion surfaces. Electromyographic activities (EMG) of postural muscles were analyzed during time windows typical for APAs and CPAs. Overall there were a reciprocal activation of the muscles around the ankle and co-activations between ventral and dorsal muscles of the thigh and trunk during the catching a ball task. Compared to the rigid floor, the tibialis anterior activation was greater during the trampoline condition (CPA: p = 0.006) and the soleus muscle inhibition was higher during foam cushion condition (APA: p = 0.001; CPA: p = 0.007). Thigh and trunk muscle activities were similar across the conditions. These results advance the knowledge in postural control during body perturbations standing on unstable surfaces.

  12. Directional specificity of postural threat on anticipatory postural adjustments during lateral leg raising.

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    Gendre, Manon; Yiou, Eric; Gélat, Thierry; Honeine, Jean-Louis; Deroche, Thomas

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    This study explored the directional specificity of fear of falling (FoF) effects on the stabilizing function of anticipatory postural adjustments (APA). Participants (N = 71) performed a series of lateral leg raises from an elevated surface in three conditions: in the "Control condition", participants stood at the middle of the surface; in the two test conditions, participants were positioned at the lateral edge of the surface so that the shift of the whole-body centre-of-mass during APA for leg raising was directed towards the edge ("Approach condition") or was directed away from the edge ("Avoidance condition"). Results showed that the amplitude of APA was lower in the "Approach condition" than in the "Control condition" (p postural stability and motor performance (in terms of peak leg velocity, final leg posture and movement duration) remained unchanged. These changes in APA parameters were not present in the "Avoidance condition". Participants further self-reported a greater FoF (p Control condition". The results of this study show that the effects of FoF do not solely depend on initial environmental conditions, but also on the direction of APA relative to the location of the postural threat. These results support the so-called Motivational Direction Hypothesis, according to which approach and avoidance behaviours are primed by emotional state.

  13. Postural Hand Synergies during Environmental Constraint Exploitation

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    Cosimo Della Santina

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    Full Text Available Humans are able to intuitively exploit the shape of an object and environmental constraints to achieve stable grasps and perform dexterous manipulations. In doing that, a vast range of kinematic strategies can be observed. However, in this work we formulate the hypothesis that such ability can be described in terms of a synergistic behavior in the generation of hand postures, i.e., using a reduced set of commonly used kinematic patterns. This is in analogy with previous studies showing the presence of such behavior in different tasks, such as grasping. We investigated this hypothesis in experiments performed by six subjects, who were asked to grasp objects from a flat surface. We quantitatively characterized hand posture behavior from a kinematic perspective, i.e., the hand joint angles, in both pre-shaping and during the interaction with the environment. To determine the role of tactile feedback, we repeated the same experiments but with subjects wearing a rigid shell on the fingertips to reduce cutaneous afferent inputs. Results show the persistence of at least two postural synergies in all the considered experimental conditions and phases. Tactile impairment does not alter significantly the first two synergies, and contact with the environment generates a change only for higher order Principal Components. A good match also arises between the first synergy found in our analysis and the first synergy of grasping as quantified by previous work. The present study is motivated by the interest of learning from the human example, extracting lessons that can be applied in robot design and control. Thus, we conclude with a discussion on implications for robotics of our findings.

  14. Continuity and Contingency in USAF Posture Planning

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    USAF posture by making it more stable in the face of political or budgetary pressures or strategy changes that may be short sighted . On the other hand...distinct from some types of gambling in closed systems with known odds. For more on the latter, see Nate Silver , The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many...Resolution,” as that makes the law sound like something less than what it is—a bill passed by both the Senate and the House of Representatives that

  15. Artificial Intelligence Software for Assessing Postural Stability

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    Lieberman, Erez; Forth, Katharine; Paloski, William

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    A software package reads and analyzes pressure distributions from sensors mounted under a person's feet. Pressure data from sensors mounted in shoes, or in a platform, can be used to provide a description of postural stability (assessing competence to deficiency) and enables the determination of the person's present activity (running, walking, squatting, falling). This package has three parts: a preprocessing algorithm for reading input from pressure sensors; a Hidden Markov Model (HMM), which is used to determine the person's present activity and level of sensing-motor competence; and a suite of graphical algorithms, which allows visual representation of the person's activity and vestibular function over time.

  16. Intervenção motora precoce ambulatorial para neonatos prematuros no controle postural = Early motor outpatient service intervention for postural control in preterm neonates

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    Full Text Available Objetivo: Verificar as aquisições motoras relacionadas ao desenvolvimento axial espontâneo não comunicativo, ou seja, controle postural e deslocamento. Isto foi feito através de um programa de intervenção motora fisioterapêutica precoce em neonatos prematuros nascidos no Hospital São Lucas - PUCRS. Materiais e Métodos: Tarefas de perseguição visual, manipulação de brinquedos e de controle postural, baseados no conceito Bobath, foram implementadas no programa interventivo. Todos os 5 prematuros que participaram deste estudo foram avaliados pelo serviço de fisioterapia por meio da Escala de Desenvolvimento do Comportamento da Criança no Primeiro Ano de Vida no ingresso do estudo e repetida a cada dois meses. Resultados: O estudo evidencia que não houve resultados estatisticamente significativos referentes às atividades posturais, de equilíbrio dinâmico e de deslocamento, mas os prematuros obtiveram progressão na classificação das avaliações. No primeiro mês da avaliação a mediana foi de 3 (classificação regular, já no terceiro e quinto mês de avaliação a mediana se manteve em 4 (classificação bom. Conclusão: A intervenção motora precoce proporcionou uma progressão na classificação da avaliação das aquisições motoras do desenvolvimento de cada prematuro, porém, não houve resultados estatisticamente significativos, referentes a atividades posturais, de equilíbrio dinâmico e de deslocamento

  17. Effects of Dyslexia on Postural Control in Adults

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    Patel, M.; Magnusson, M.; Lush, D.; Gomez, S.; Fransson, P. A.

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    Dyslexia has been shown to affect postural control. The aim of the present study was to investigate the difference in postural stability measured as torque variance in an adult dyslexic group (n=14, determined using the Adult Dyslexia Checklist (ADCL) and nonsense word repetition test) and an adult non-dyslexic group (n=39) on a firm surface and…

  18. Prevalence of Common Postural Disorders Among Academic Dental Staff

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    Full Text Available Background Musculoskeletal disorders are common problems among dentists. These conditions may lead to inappropriate postures and impairment in physical and psychological function. On the other hand, poor postures and inappropriate ergonomic may result in a wide variety of musculoskeletal disorders. Objectives The aim of this study was to investigate the prevalence of common postural disorders of the spine and shoulder girdle among the dentists and possible correlations between demographic, anthropometric and occupational characteristics with these abnormal postures. Patients and Methods In a cross-sectional study, 96 dental staff including academic staff, residents and senior students of Tehran University of Medical Sciences was enrolled. Data were collected using a questionnaire and posture assessment tools such as plumb-line, checkerboard and flexible ruler. Data analysis was done with SPSS version 17. Results The prevalence of the forward head posture (FHP, rounded shoulder posture (RSP, scoliosis and hyperlordosis were reported in 85.5%, 68.8%, 18.8% and 17.3% of the participants, respectively. A significant correlation was found between gender and FHP (P = 0.04 and also scoliosis (P = 0.009. On the other hand, a significant correlation was seen between weight and hyperlordosis (P = 0.007. Conclusions Our study revealed a high prevalence of postural disorders especially FHP, RSP and scoliosis among Iranian dental staff. The female dentists were less susceptible to FHP and scoliosis.

  19. Posture and isokinetic shoulder strength in female water polo players

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    Water polo is a high-intensity intermittent aquatic sport which places large physical ... sport and involves the combination of muscle strength and ..... imbalanced upper extremity posture would negatively affect .... Influence of body position on shoulder ... Sweeting K, Mock M. Gait and posture - assessment in general practice.

  20. Mood Recognition Based on Upper Body Posture and Movement Features

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    Thrasher, M.L.; Van der Zwaag, M. D.; Bianchi-Berthouze, N.; Westerink, J.H.D.M.

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    While studying body postures in relation to mood is not a new concept, the majority of these studies rely on actors interpretations. This project investigated the temporal aspects of naturalistic body postures while users listened to mood inducing music. Video data was collected while participants l

  1. Postural stability and occlusal status among Japanese elderly.

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    Song-Yu, Xuan; Rodis, Omar M M; Ogata, Sagiri; Can-Hu, Jin; Nishimura, Michiko; Matsumura, Seishi

    2012-06-01

    There are still no data available on the relationship between postural stability and occlusal status among the elderly. To examine relationships between postural stability and occlusal status through a cohort study among elderly Japanese. Oral examination, occlusal status, postural stability and a questionnaire were conducted and given to 87 community-dwelling Japanese at enrolment. The average occlusal pressure of the female group was statistically higher than the male group while average occlusal pressure and postural stability length were lesser in the group with more remaining teeth. Postural stability area and number of remaining teeth showed statistically significant correlations. Postural stability length was lesser in the group with strong occlusal force. Furthermore, the number of decayed teeth was fewer in the good hygiene group. This study identified a close relationship between occlusal status and postural stability of Japanese older individuals. Occlusal hypofunction was observed more in those with occlusal problems, and a decrease in their occlusal functions resulted in postural instability. © 2011 The Gerodontology Society and John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  2. Effect of magnification loupes on dental hygiene student posture.

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    Maillet, J Peggy; Millar, A Michele; Burke, Jillian M; Maillet, Michelle A; Maillet, Wayne A; Neish, Nancy R

    2008-01-01

    The chair-side work posture of dental hygienists has long been a concern because of health-related problems potentially caused or exacerbated by poor posture. The purpose of this study was to investigate if using magnification loupes improved dental hygiene students' posture during provision of treatment. The treatment chosen was hand-scaling, and the effect of the timing of introduction of the loupes to students was also examined. Thirty-five novice dental hygiene students took part in the study. Each student was assessed providing dental hygiene care with and without loupes, thus controlling for innate differences in natural posture. Students were randomized into two groups. Group one used loupes in the first session and did not use them for the second session. Group two reversed this sequence. At the end of each session, all students were videotaped while performing scaling procedures. Their posture was assessed using an adapted version of Branson et al.'s Posture Assessment Instrument (PAI). Four raters assessed students at three time periods for nine posture components on the PAI. A paired t-test compared scores with and without loupes for each student. Scores showed a significant improvement in posture when using loupes (ppostural benefit is realized by requiring students to master the use of magnification loupes as early as possible within the curriculum.

  3. Wrist posture affects hand and forearm muscle stress during tapping.

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    Qin, Jin; Chen, Hua; Dennerlein, Jack T

    2013-11-01

    Non-neutral wrist posture is a risk factor of the musculoskeletal disorders among computer users. This study aimed to assess internal loads on hand and forearm musculature while tapping in different wrist postures. Ten healthy subjects tapped on a key switch using their index finger in four wrist postures: straight, ulnar deviated, flexed and extended. Torque at the finger and wrist joints were calculated from measured joint postures and fingertip force. Muscle stresses of the six finger muscles and four wrist muscles that balanced the calculated joint torques were estimated using a musculoskeletal model and optimization algorithm minimizing the squared sum of muscle stress. Non-neutral wrist postures resulted in greater muscle stresses than the neutral (straight) wrist posture, and the stress in the extensor muscles were greater than the flexors in all conditions. Wrist extensors stress remained higher than 4.5 N/cm² and wrist flexor stress remained below 0.5 N/cm² during tapping. The sustained high motor unit recruitment of extensors suggests a greater risk than other muscles especially in flexed wrist posture. This study demonstrated from the perspective of internal tissue loading the importance of maintaining neutral wrist posture during keying activities.

  4. A critical evaluation of the cognitive penetrability of posture

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    Stins, J.F.; Beek, P.J.

    2012-01-01

    Abstract: Background/Study Context: Interactions between postural control and cognitive activity as evidenced by dual-tasking studies are common, and especially pronounced in the elderly. Some authors have used this finding to suggest that posture is "cognitively penetrable." Methods: The authors

  5. Posture and locomotion in the rat : Independent or interdependent development?

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    In this essay, recent research into the relation between postural control and the development of walking in the rat is reviewed. The adult-like walking pattern develops at the 15th to 16th day (P15-P16). Until this age, postural control, as indicated by EMG activity in the longissimus muscle in the

  6. Back to the Basics--Whatever Happened to Posture?

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    Althoff, Sally A.; And Others

    1988-01-01

    Data collected about 387 students mostly aged 18 to 34 participating in the Portland State University posture screening program revealed that, while almost 60 percent of students had postural asymmetrics, nearly half of the students were unaware of problems. Most students found the screening program valuable. (CB)

  7. Prevalence of osteoporosis increased in postmenopausal women with postural scoliosis

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    Maria Regina Rachmawati

    2015-12-01

    In post menopausal women with postural scoliosis found a higher incidence of osteoporosis. High endurance of erector spinae muscle lowers the risk of scoliosis. Exercise to improve posture and increase endurance of erector spinae muscle need to be done to prevent decline of BMD.

  8. Postural stability after inguinal herniorrhaphy under local infiltration anaesthesia

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    Persson, F; Kristensen, Billy Bjarne; Lund, Claus;

    2001-01-01

    with polypropylene mesh repair (Prolene). Measurement of postural stability before operation and 30 and 60 minutes afterwards using the "Basic Balance Master" system, and balance assessed by visual analogue scale and verbal rating scale. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Postural stability and subjectively assessed balance...

  9. Prism adaptation improves postural imbalance in neglect patients

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    Nijboer, Tanja C W; Olthoff, Liselot; Van der Stigchel, Stefan; Visser-Meily, Johanna M a

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    Several studies have found a negative relation between neglect and postural imbalance. The aim of the current study was to investigate the influence of a single session of prism adaptation on balance [i.e. mediolateral and anteroposterior center of pressure (CoP)] and postural sway (i.e. mean varian

  10. Group Rapport: Posture Sharing as a Nonverbal Indicator

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    LaFrance, Marianne; Broadbent, Maida

    1976-01-01

    Systematic observation and a questionnaire format were used to investigate the relationship between posture sharing and self-report indications of rapport in a group situation--college seminar classrooms. The greater the amount of mirroring and congruent postures evidenced by students vis-a-vis the teacher, the higher the ratings of involvement.…

  11. Development of postural control - Differences between ventral and dorsal muscles?

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    Hadders-Algra, M; Brogren, E; Forssberg, H

    Postural control is organized in basic, direction specific synergies which can be adapted to task-related conditions. Studies on the development of postural adjustments in young sitting children revealed that largely variable, direction specific muscle activation patterns are already present in 5-6

  12. Selection and control of limb posture for stability

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    Franklin, D.W.; Selen, L.P.J.; Franklin, S.; Wolpert, D.M.

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    Impedance control can be used to stabilize the limb against both instability and unpredictable perturbations. Limb posture influences motor noise, energy usage and limb impedance as well as their interaction. Here we examine whether subjects use limb posture as part of a mechanism to regulate limb s

  13. Development of postural control - Differences between ventral and dorsal muscles?

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    Hadders-Algra, M; Brogren, E; Forssberg, H

    1998-01-01

    Postural control is organized in basic, direction specific synergies which can be adapted to task-related conditions. Studies on the development of postural adjustments in young sitting children revealed that largely variable, direction specific muscle activation patterns are already present in 5-6

  14. Oculomotor tasks affect differently postural control in healthy children.

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    Bucci, Maria Pia; Ajrezo, Layla; Wiener-Vacher, Sylvette

    2015-11-01

    Eye movements affect postural stability in children. The present study focuses on the effect of different types of eye movements on postural stability in healthy children. Both eye movements and postural stability have been recorded in 51 healthy children from 6.3 to 15.5 years old. Eye movements were recorded binocularly with a video oculography (MobilEBT(®)), and postural stability was measured while child was standing on a force platform (TechnoConcept(®)). Children performed three oculomotor tasks: saccades, pursuits and reading a text silently. We measured the number of saccades made in the three oculomotor tasks, the number of words read, and the surface area, the length and mean velocity of the center of pressure (CoP). According to previous studies, postural control improves with age until 10-12 years. Saccades toward a target as well as during a reading task reduce significantly the CoP displacement and its velocity, while during pursuit eye movements all children increase postural parameters (i.e., the surface area, the length and mean velocity of the CoP). These results suggest the presence of an interaction between the oculomotor control and the postural system. Visual attention to perform saccades (to stationary targets or to words) influences postural stability more than the frequency of saccade triggering does.

  15. Static Postural Stability Is Normal in Dyslexic Children.

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    Brown, Brian; And Others

    1985-01-01

    An experiment on 15 dyslexic and 23 carefully matched control subjects (10- to 12-year-old males), examining their ability to maintain standing posture with eyes open and closed and with standard and tandem foot placement, revealed no differences under any condition tested and no differences in use of visual information to maintain their posture.…

  16. Predictors of Postural Stability in Children with ADHD

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    Ghanizadeh, Ahmad

    2011-01-01

    Objective: As children with ADHD who have more inattention problems are more frequently with fine motor problems, it is not clear whether postural balance problems are associated with different subtypes of ADHD. This study investigates the predictors of postural stability in children with ADHD considering the covariant factors of age, gender, and…

  17. The final common pathway in postural control - Developmental perspective

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    Kernell, D

    1998-01-01

    A brief review is given concerning postural specialisations among mammalian muscle fibres and motor units. Most skeletal muscles contain a mixture of fibres with different characteristics, and their slow-twitch (S) units are well-known to possess properties suitable for postural tasks: they are high

  18. Posture and locomotion in the rat : Independent or interdependent development?

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    Gramsbergen, A

    1998-01-01

    In this essay, recent research into the relation between postural control and the development of walking in the rat is reviewed. The adult-like walking pattern develops at the 15th to 16th day (P15-P16). Until this age, postural control, as indicated by EMG activity in the longissimus muscle in the

  19. Postural Strategies in Prader-Willi and Down Syndrome Patients

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    Cimolin, Veronica; Galli, Manuela; Grugni, Graziano; Vismara, Luca; Precilios, Helmer; Albertini, Giorgio; Rigoldi, Chiara; Capodaglio, Paolo

    2011-01-01

    Patients affected by Down (DS) and Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) are characterised by some common clinical and functional features including gait disorders and reduced postural control. The aim of our study was to quantitatively compare postural control in adult PWS and DS. We studied 12 PWS and 19 DS adult patients matched for age, height, weight…

  20. Advantages and disadvantages of stiffness instructions when studying postural control.

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    Bonnet, Cédrick T

    2016-05-01

    To understand the maintenance of upright stance, researchers try to discover the fundamental mechanisms and attentional resources devoted to postural control and eventually to the performance of other tasks (e.g., counting in the head). During their studies, some researchers require participants to stand as steady as possible and other simply ask participants to stand naturally. Surprisingly, a clear and direct explanation of the usefulness of the steadiness requirement seems to be lacking, both in experimental and methodological discussions. Hence, the objective of the present note was to provide advantages and disadvantages of this steadiness requirement in studies of postural control. The advantages may be to study fundamental postural control, to eliminate useless postural variability, to control spurious body motions and to control the participants' thoughts. As disadvantages, this steadiness requirement only leads to study postural control in unnatural upright stance, it changes the focus of attention (internal vs. external) and the nature of postural control (unconscious vs. conscious), it increases the difficulty of a supposedly easy control task and it eliminates or reduces the opportunity to record exploratory behaviors. When looking carefully at the four advantages of the steadiness requirement, one can believe that they are, in fact, more disadvantageous than advantageous. Overall therefore, this requirement seems illegitimate and it is proposed that researchers should not use it in the study of postural control. They may use this requirement only if they search to know the limit until which participants can consciously reduce their postural sway.

  1. Relationship between posterior crossbite and postural alterations in children

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    Juliana Jaqueline de Matos Lopes

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the posture of individuals with functional posterior crossbite, malocclusion is one of the most in need of orthodontic treatment. Methods: This work presents an analysis of postural among children 6 to 12 years who present functional posterior cross bite of both genders who are in mixed dentition or no intervention prior orthodontic and orthopedic. Was obtained images in the plans: front and back where it was analyzed the asymmetry or symmetry of the individual in the image and in the lateral, anterior, a posterior or normality. Results: 100% had some kind of postural change, and the asymmetry between the scapulae (shoulder found the greatest change, as one of extreme importance in this age group represents a growing skeletal muscle. Conclusion: analyzes all of the children showed postural abnormalities and malocclusion are also of great importance not only to be treating the problem orally, but the postural problem with the help of a multidisciplinary team.

  2. Ergonomic intervention for improving work postures during notebook computer operation.

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    Jamjumrus, Nuchrawee; Nanthavanij, Suebsak

    2008-06-01

    This paper discusses the application of analytical algorithms to determine necessary adjustments for operating notebook computers (NBCs) and workstations so that NBC users can assume correct work postures during NBC operation. Twenty-two NBC users (eleven males and eleven females) were asked to operate their NBCs according to their normal work practice. Photographs of their work postures were taken and analyzed using the Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) technique. The algorithms were then employed to determine recommended adjustments for their NBCs and workstations. After implementing the necessary adjustments, the NBC users were then re-seated at their workstations, and photographs of their work postures were re-taken, to perform the posture analysis. The results show that the NBC users' work postures are improved when their NBCs and workstations are adjusted according to the recommendations. The effectiveness of ergonomic intervention is verified both visually and objectively.

  3. Clinical working postures of bachelor of oral health students.

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    Horton, S J; Johnstone, C L; Hutchinson, C M W; Taylor, P A; Wade, K J

    2011-09-01

    To observe and describe the clinical working postures of final-year Bachelor of Oral Health (BOH) students. Pilot observational study. The University of Otago Faculty of Dentistry and School of Physiotherapy. Eight final-year BOH students voluntarily participated in this study, where postural data were collected using a digital video camera during a standard clinical treatment session. The postural data were analysed using 3D Match biomechanical software. Final-year BOH students who work in the seated position are exposed to neck flexion of greater than 35 degrees, together with trunk flexion greater than 20 degrees and bilateral elbow flexion greater than 90 degrees. The findings of this study agree with the findings of previous postural studies of dental professionals. Dental hygiene students, together with their clinical supervisors, need to be aware of the importance of good working posture early in their careers, and pay particular attention to the degree of neck flexion occurring for prolonged periods.

  4. Posture Detection Based on Smart Cushion for Wheelchair Users

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    Congcong Ma

    2017-03-01

    Full Text Available The postures of wheelchair users can reveal their sitting habit, mood, and even predict health risks such as pressure ulcers or lower back pain. Mining the hidden information of the postures can reveal their wellness and general health conditions. In this paper, a cushion-based posture recognition system is used to process pressure sensor signals for the detection of user’s posture in the wheelchair. The proposed posture detection method is composed of three main steps: data level classification for posture detection, backward selection of sensor configuration, and recognition results compared with previous literature. Five supervised classification techniques—Decision Tree (J48, Support Vector Machines (SVM, Multilayer Perceptron (MLP, Naive Bayes, and k-Nearest Neighbor (k-NN—are compared in terms of classification accuracy, precision, recall, and F-measure. Results indicate that the J48 classifier provides the highest accuracy compared to other techniques. The backward selection method was used to determine the best sensor deployment configuration of the wheelchair. Several kinds of pressure sensor deployments are compared and our new method of deployment is shown to better detect postures of the wheelchair users. Performance analysis also took into account the Body Mass Index (BMI, useful for evaluating the robustness of the method across individual physical differences. Results show that our proposed sensor deployment is effective, achieving 99.47% posture recognition accuracy. Our proposed method is very competitive for posture recognition and robust in comparison with other former research. Accurate posture detection represents a fundamental basic block to develop several applications, including fatigue estimation and activity level assessment.

  5. Self versus environment motion in postural control.

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    Kalpana Dokka

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available To stabilize our position in space we use visual information as well as non-visual physical motion cues. However, visual cues can be ambiguous: visually perceived motion may be caused by self-movement, movement of the environment, or both. The nervous system must combine the ambiguous visual cues with noisy physical motion cues to resolve this ambiguity and control our body posture. Here we have developed a Bayesian model that formalizes how the nervous system could solve this problem. In this model, the nervous system combines the sensory cues to estimate the movement of the body. We analytically demonstrate that, as long as visual stimulation is fast in comparison to the uncertainty in our perception of body movement, the optimal strategy is to weight visually perceived movement velocities proportional to a power law. We find that this model accounts for the nonlinear influence of experimentally induced visual motion on human postural behavior both in our data and in previously published results.

  6. Fitts' Law in early postural adjustments.

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    Bertucco, M; Cesari, P; Latash, M L

    2013-02-12

    We tested a hypothesis that the classical relation between movement time and index of difficulty (ID) in quick pointing action (Fitts' Law) reflects processes at the level of motor planning. Healthy subjects stood on a force platform and performed quick and accurate hand movements into targets of different size located at two distances. The movements were associated with early postural adjustments that are assumed to reflect motor planning processes. The short distance did not require trunk rotation, while the long distance did. As a result, movements over the long distance were associated with substantial Coriolis forces. Movement kinematics and contact forces and moments recorded by the platform were studied. Movement time scaled with ID for both movements. However, the data could not be fitted with a single regression: Movements over the long distance had a larger intercept corresponding to movement times about 140 ms longer than movements over the shorter distance. The magnitude of postural adjustments prior to movement initiation scaled with ID for both short and long distances. Our results provide strong support for the hypothesis that Fitts' Law emerges at the level of motor planning, not at the level of corrections of ongoing movements. They show that, during natural movements, changes in movement distance may lead to changes in the relation between movement time and ID, for example when the contribution of different body segments to the movement varies and when the action of Coriolis force may require an additional correction of the movement trajectory. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  7. Viscoelastic properties of laryngeal posturing muscles

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    Alipour, Fariborz; Hunter, Eric; Titze, Ingo

    2003-10-01

    Viscoelastic properties of canine laryngeal muscles were measured in a series of in vitro experiments. Laryngeal posturing that controls vocal fold length and adduction/abduction is an essential component of the voice production. The dynamics of posturing depends on the viscoelastic and physiological properties of the laryngeal muscles. The time-dependent and nonlinear behaviors of these tissues are also crucial in the voice production and pitch control theories. The lack of information on some of these muscles such as posterior cricoarytenoid muscle (PCA), lateral cricoarytenoid muscle (LCA), and intraarytenoid muscle (IA) was the major incentive for this study. Samples of PCA and LCA muscles were made from canine larynges and mounted on a dual-servo system (Ergometer) as described in our previous works. Two sets of experiments were conducted on each muscle, a 1-Hz stretch and release experiment that provides stress-strain data and a stress relaxation test. Data from these muscles were fitted to viscoelastic models and Young's modulus and viscoelastic constants are obtained for each muscle. Preliminary data indicates that elastics properties of these muscles are similar to those of thyroarytenoid and cricothyroid muscles. The relaxation response of these muscles also shows some similarity to other laryngeal muscles in terms of time constants.

  8. Postural Tachycardia Syndrome: Beyond Orthostatic Intolerance.

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    Garland, Emily M; Celedonio, Jorge E; Raj, Satish R

    2015-09-01

    Postural tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a form of chronic orthostatic intolerance for which the hallmark physiological trait is an excessive increase in heart rate with assumption of upright posture. The orthostatic tachycardia occurs in the absence of orthostatic hypotension and is associated with a >6-month history of symptoms that are relieved by recumbence. The heart rate abnormality and orthostatic symptoms should not be caused by medications that impair autonomic regulation or by debilitating disorders that can cause tachycardia. POTS is a "final common pathway" for a number of overlapping pathophysiologies, including an autonomic neuropathy in the lower body, hypovolemia, elevated sympathetic tone, mast cell activation, deconditioning, and autoantibodies. Not only may patients be affected by more than one of these pathophysiologies but also the phenotype of POTS has similarities to a number of other disorders, e.g., chronic fatigue syndrome, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, vasovagal syncope, and inappropriate sinus tachycardia. POTS can be treated with a combination of non-pharmacological approaches, a structured exercise training program, and often some pharmacological support.

  9. PLANO DE SEGURANÇA DA ÁGUA EM MANANCIAIS DE ABASTECIMENTO DE ÁGUA PARA CONSUMO HUMANO

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    José Manuel Pereira Vieira

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    Full Text Available O progresso no acesso a água potável a nível mundial tem-se traduzido num incremento de infraestruturas que necessitam de ser adequadamente geridas por forma a garantir água segura às populações. Embora a qualidade da água para consumo humano seja um factor fundamental para a protecção da saúde pública, a sua garantia revela-se de uma grande dificuldade por razões técnicas e económicas. A implementação de planos de segurança da água, estabelecendo um processo sistemático para a identificação de perigos e procedimentos de gestão efectivos para o seu controlo em sistemas de abastecimento de água, constitui uma nova abordagem a esta problemática. No presente trabalho, apresenta-se uma proposta metodológica para a implementação de planos de segurança da água em mananciais de abastecimento, onde se estabelecem os aspectos mais relevantes a considerar, nomeadamente as limitações e necessidades relacionadas com modelos institucionais e organizacionais.

  10. Effect of seated trunk posture on eye blink startle and subjective experience: comparing flexion, neutral upright posture, and extension of spine.

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    Full Text Available Postures are known to be able to affect emotion and motivation. Much less is known about whether (affective modulation of eye blink startle occurs following specific postures. The objective of the current study was to explore this. Participants in the present study were requested to assume three different sitting postures: with the spine flexed (slouched, neutral upright, and extended. Each posture was assumed for four minutes, and was followed by the administration of brief self-report questionnaires before proceeding to the next posture. The same series of postures and measures were repeated prior to ending the experiment. Results indicate that, relative to the other postures, the extended sitting posture was associated with an increased startle, was more unpleasant, arousing, had smaller levels of dominance, induced more discomfort, and was perceived as more difficult. The upright and flexed sitting postures differed in the level of self-reported positive affect, but not in eye blink startle amplitudes.

  11. Effect of seated trunk posture on eye blink startle and subjective experience: comparing flexion, neutral upright posture, and extension of spine.

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    Ceunen, Erik; Zaman, Jonas; Vlaeyen, Johan W S; Dankaerts, Wim; Van Diest, Ilse

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    Postures are known to be able to affect emotion and motivation. Much less is known about whether (affective) modulation of eye blink startle occurs following specific postures. The objective of the current study was to explore this. Participants in the present study were requested to assume three different sitting postures: with the spine flexed (slouched), neutral upright, and extended. Each posture was assumed for four minutes, and was followed by the administration of brief self-report questionnaires before proceeding to the next posture. The same series of postures and measures were repeated prior to ending the experiment. Results indicate that, relative to the other postures, the extended sitting posture was associated with an increased startle, was more unpleasant, arousing, had smaller levels of dominance, induced more discomfort, and was perceived as more difficult. The upright and flexed sitting postures differed in the level of self-reported positive affect, but not in eye blink startle amplitudes.

  12. Benefícios de um programa de educação postural para alunos de uma escola municipal de Garibaldi, RS Benefits of a posture education program for schoolchildren in the city of Garibaldi, RS

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    A fisioterapia tem importante papel no meio escolar, pois estudantes desenvolvem maus hábitos e alteraç��es posturais que, a longo prazo, podem gerar restrição funcional. O objetivo deste estudo foi analisar os efeitos de um programa de educação postural em estudantes do ensino fundamental da cidade de Garibaldi, RS. Participaram 48 alunos com idade entre 8 e 10 anos, que responderam um questionário sobre hábitos posturais e foram submetidos à avaliação de peso, modelo e modo de transporte da...

  13. Cartografía para a monitorização e controlo de áreas de "Hakea sericea" com processos de detecção remota (satélite e drone)

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    Paredes, Claudio Alexandre da Costa Araujo

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    As plantas invasoras são espécies não nativas que se instalam e desenvolvem-se em novos espaços, gerando um impacto negativo sobre o ecossistema local, representando uma das mais relevantes causas de extinção de espécies locais. Este fenômeno está presente em Portugal, onde a invasão de espécies exóticas é agora uma ameaça real para a flora nativa afectando a biodiversidade. Esta situação é agravada em habitats e ecossistemas que são particularmente vulneráveis, como é o caso do Parque Nacion...

  14. Técnicas expandidas - um estudo de relações entre comportamento postural e desempenho pianístico sob o ponto de vista da ergonomia

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    Vânia Eger Pontes

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    Esta dissertação reflete os resultados de uma investigação sobre a prática pianística, neste caso da autora e sujeito da pesquisa, realizada sob a perspectiva de pressupostos da técnica pianística em diálogo com abordagens da ergonomia aplicadas ao estudo de obras com técnicas expandidas. Visando a otimização do desempenho músico-instrumental, objetiva investigar sobre a aplicabilidade de pressupostos ergonômicos a partir do comportamento postural em três situações específicas de estudo e...

  15. Técnicas expandidas - um estudo de relações entre comportamento postural e desempenho pianístico sob o ponto de vista da ergonomia

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    Pontes, Vânia Eger

    2010-01-01

    Esta dissertação reflete os resultados de uma investigação sobre a prática pianística, neste caso da autora e sujeito da pesquisa, realizada sob a perspectiva de pressupostos da técnica pianística em diálogo com abordagens da ergonomia aplicadas ao estudo de obras com técnicas expandidas. Visando a otimização do desempenho músico-instrumental, objetiva investigar sobre a aplicabilidade de pressupostos ergonômicos a partir do comportamento postural em três situações específicas de estudo e...

  16. Efetividade da reeducação postural global no tratamento de um caso de lombociatalgia de origem discal

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    Ribeiro, Joana

    2011-01-01

    A Reeducação Postural Global (RPG) é um método que promove o alongamento da musculatura estática (tónica), incluindo a intervertebral, que está constantemente em contração, originando grandes forças compressivas sobre o disco intervertebral. Apesar de ser uma modalidade de tratamento muito utilizada, existem poucos estudos que suportem a sua base teórica e a sua efetividade clínica. Objetivo: Avaliar a efetividade do método de RPG no tratamento de um caso de lombociatalgia de origem discal. M...

  17. Working Posture Analysis Methods and the Effects of Working Posture on Musculoskeletal Disorders

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    Hatice Esen

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    Full Text Available Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs which cause great health problems and social resource consumption are common problems which commonly influence working population. MSDs which is at the top of the list in the sense of health problems, expenses made for these disorders and which has negative influences in the sense of employee labor efficiency, quality of life, physical and social functions results from poor working postures. Observation, analysis of working postures with scientific methods, and making necessary recoveries and arrangements bring important contributions for control of working performance and decrease of MSDs. In this study, risk factors which cause the emergence of MSDs, types and symptoms of disorders are summarized, basic principles to be used in preventing these disorders are presented and scientific methods used in determination of risk factors are classified and presented.

  18. Trunk postures and peak and cumulative low back kinetics during upright posture sheep shearing.

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    Gregory, Diane E; Laughton, Carla; Carman, Allan; Milosavljevic, Stephan; Callaghan, Jack P

    2009-12-01

    Sheep shearing is the most demanding occupation in the wool harvesting industry and is known to have a high prevalence of low back pain. While use of a commercially available trunk harness reduces load on the low back, the extreme trunk flexion associated with shearing still remains. A novel, upright posture shearing technique has been designed to allow a more neutral spine posture. This study assessed this upright technique and found significant reductions in both trunk flexion and cumulative low back loading when compared to either the traditional method or the use of the trunk harness. Moments about the shoulder tended to be higher while using the upright shearing technique and further investigation of shoulder kinetics will be required to assess whether this creates injury risk to the upper extremity. Despite increased shoulder moments, the reduction in flexion and cumulative loading with the use of the upright technique has the potential to reduce risk of low back pain among shearers.

  19. Newly standing infants increase postural stability when performing a supra-postural task.

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    Full Text Available Independent stance is one of the most difficult motor milestones to achieve. Newly standing infants exhibit exaggerated body movements and can only stand for a brief amount of time. Given the difficult nature of bipedal stance, these unstable characteristics are slow to improve. However, we demonstrate that infants can increase their stability when engaged in a standing goal-directed task. Infants' balance was measured while standing and while standing and holding a visually attractive toy. When holding the toy, infants stood for a longer period of time, exhibited less body sway, and more mature postural dynamics. These results demonstrate that even with limited standing experience, infants can stabilize posture to facilitate performance of a concurrent task.

  20. Sensorimotor integration in human postural control

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    Peterka, R. J.

    2002-01-01

    It is generally accepted that human bipedal upright stance is achieved by feedback mechanisms that generate an appropriate corrective torque based on body-sway motion detected primarily by visual, vestibular, and proprioceptive sensory systems. Because orientation information from the various senses is not always available (eyes closed) or accurate (compliant support surface), the postural control system must somehow adjust to maintain stance in a wide variety of environmental conditions. This is the sensorimotor integration problem that we investigated by evoking anterior-posterior (AP) body sway using pseudorandom rotation of the visual surround and/or support surface (amplitudes 0.5-8 degrees ) in both normal subjects and subjects with severe bilateral vestibular loss (VL). AP rotation of body center-of-mass (COM) was measured in response to six conditions offering different combinations of available sensory information. Stimulus-response data were analyzed using spectral analysis to compute transfer functions and coherence functions over a frequency range from 0.017 to 2.23 Hz. Stimulus-response data were quite linear for any given condition and amplitude. However, overall behavior in normal subjects was nonlinear because gain decreased and phase functions sometimes changed with increasing stimulus amplitude. "Sensory channel reweighting" could account for this nonlinear behavior with subjects showing increasing reliance on vestibular cues as stimulus amplitudes increased. VL subjects could not perform this reweighting, and their stimulus-response behavior remained quite linear. Transfer function curve fits based on a simple feedback control model provided estimates of postural stiffness, damping, and feedback time delay. There were only small changes in these parameters with increasing visual stimulus amplitude. However, stiffness increased as much as 60% with increasing support surface amplitude. To maintain postural stability and avoid resonant behavior, an

  1. Correlation dimension estimates of human postural sway.

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    Gurses, Senih; Celik, Huseyin

    2013-02-01

    Human postural sway during quiet standing demonstrates a complex structured dynamics, which has been studied by applying numerous methods, such as linear system identification methods, stochastic analysis, and nonlinear system dynamics tools. Although each of the methods applied revealed some particular features of the sway data none of them have succeeded to present a global picture of the quiet stance dynamics, which probably has both stochastic and deterministic properties. In this study we have started applying ergodic theory of dynamical systems to explore statistical characteristic of the sway dynamics observed in successive trials of a subject, different subjects in an age group, and finally different age groups constituted by children, adults, and elderly subjects. Five successive 180-s long trials were performed by each of 28 subjects in four age groups at quiet stance with eyes open. Stationary and ergodic signal characteristics of five successive center of pressure time series collected from a subject in antero-posterior direction (CoPx) were examined. 97% of the trials were found to be stationary by applying Run Test while children and elderly groups demonstrated significant nonstationary behavior. On the other hand 13 out of 24 subjects were found to be nonergodic. We expected to observe differences in complexity of CoPx dynamics due to aging (Farmer, Ott, & Yorke, 1983). However linear metrics such as standard deviation and Fourier spectra of CoPx signals did not show differences due to the age groups. Correlation dimension (Dk) estimates of stationary CoPx signals being an invariant measure of nonlinear system dynamics were computed by using the average displacement method (Eckmann & Ruelle, 1985). Postural dynamics was expanded in m-dimensional space through CoPx signal by introducing optimum time delays, τcritical. 112 out of 136 stationary CoPx signals for 24 stationary subjects converged to Dk estimates. Average of Dk estimates for children and

  2. Hemodynamic response to the upright posture.

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    Smith, J J; Porth, C M; Erickson, M

    1994-05-01

    The authors' objective was to review previous studies of immediate (first 30 seconds) and stabilized (30 seconds to 20 minutes) hemodynamic responses of healthy adults to the head-up posture, with particular reference to alteration of such responses in the elderly and the usefulness of such data in the diagnosis of orthostatic hypotension. The immediate response in healthy young adults is characterized by a prompt rise in heart rate, which peaks at about 8 to 15 seconds and then tapers; the arterial pressure and total vascular resistance decrease sharply at 5 to 10 seconds, followed by a rapid rebound and overshoot. Over the first 30 seconds there is a steady parallel decline of thoracic blood volume and stroke volume; there is also an initial surge of cardiac output followed by a steady decrease. During the stabilized response (30 seconds to 20 minutes), the hemodynamic variables are relatively steady, showing average increases in heart rate of about 15 to 30%, in diastolic pressure of 10 to 15%, and in total vascular resistance of 30 to 40%; during the 5th to 20th minutes there are also decreases in thoracic blood volume averaging about 25 to 30%, in cardiac output 15 to 30%, and in pulse pressure about 5 to 10%. It is evident that in normal human subjects, assumption of the upright posture results in profound hemodynamic changes, most of them occurring during the first 30 seconds. In elderly subjects (aged 60-69 years), there are, in the upright posture, lesser increments of heart rate and diastolic pressure, but no significant differences from younger age groups in the response of thoracic blood volume, cardiac output or total vascular resistance. However, beginning at about age 75, there is an increasing incidence of orthostatic hypotension, which averages about 14 to 20% at age 75 and older. The tendency toward orthostatic hypotension in the elderly is due (1) to the structural and functional changes in the circulation itself, (2) to a decline in autonomic

  3. Analýza postury polohovým snímačem DTP2 u žen ve věku senescence po aplikaci cíleného cvičebního programu Posture analysis using position detector DTP2 in senescent women after the application of a targeted exercise program

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    Miroslava Přidalová

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available U 3 souborů žen v mladším seniorském věku (průměrný věk 61, 63 a 66 let jsme v roce 2005, 2006 a 2007 sledovali změny v držení těla a ve tvaru páteře pomocí diagnostického přístroje DTP2 po intervenčním zásahu cíleného cvičebního programu (čínské terapeutické cvičení Chuej čchun kung. Cvičení ovlivnilo především oblast pánve, trendy naznačující zlepšení držení těla a stability nedosáhly ve všech případech statistické významnosti. Vzhledem k tomu, že technika cvičení je cíleně náročná, nesprávně provedené pozice nevedly ke zlepšení, ale projevily se nulovým efektem.Vždy byly nalezeny pozitivní změny ve smyslu zlepšení stability stoje a signifikantního posunu hrudní kyfózy k vertikále, což svědčí o zlepšení držení těla. V postavení ramen se projevila určitá rozkolísanost ve smyslu změn asymetrie ramen. Také postavení pánve reagovalo na intervenční zásahy přesuny asymetrie spinálních úhlů po 1. a 2. etapě cvičení, po 3. etapě došlo ke statisticky významnému vyrovnání levostranné asymetrie. Nalezli jsme zmenšení rozsahu titubací axiálního skeletu, což je doprovodným projevem zvýšení stability stoje. Celkově se nejlepší výsledky projevily po intervenci v roce 2007, kdy se snížil rozsah titubací ve směru osy x i y, byla zjištěna statisticky významná pozitivní změna v úpravě symetrie spina iliaca posterior superior a nalezen věcně významný trend snížení úhlových hodnot lordóz i hrudní kyfózy.Zdůvodnění těchto změn je možné najít ve zvýšeném důrazu na správné provádění technik cvičení a tím i úprav svalových dysbalancí. Subjektivní pocity seniorek byly velmi příznivé, vysoce pozitivně hodnotily pocit zlepšení stability stoje. During the years 2005, 2006, and 2007, we studied changes in the posture and spinal shape in three groups of younger female seniors (mean age 61, 63, and

  4. Chronic Low Quality Sleep Impairs Postural Control in Healthy Adults.

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    Furtado, Fabianne; Gonçalves, Bruno da Silva B; Abranches, Isabela Lopes Laguardia; Abrantes, Ana Flávia; Forner-Cordero, Arturo

    2016-01-01

    The lack of sleep, both in quality and quantity, is an increasing problem in modern society, often related to workload and stress. A number of studies have addressed the effects of acute (total) sleep deprivation on postural control. However, up to date, the effects of chronic sleep deficits, either in quantity or quality, have not been analyzed. Thirty healthy adults participated in the study that consisted of registering activity with a wrist actigraph for more than a week before performing a series of postural control tests. Sleep and circadian rhythm variables were correlated and the sum of activity of the least active 5-h period, L5, a rhythm variable, obtained the greater coefficient value with sleep quality variables (wake after sleep onset WASO and efficiency sleep). Cluster analysis was performed to classify subjects into two groups based on L5 (low and high). The balance tests scores used to asses postural control were measured using Biodex Balance System and were compared between the two groups with different sleep quality. The postural tests were divided into dynamic (platform tilt with eyes open, closed and cursor) and static (clinical test of sensory integration). The results showed that during the tests with eyes closed, the group with worse sleep quality had also worse postural control performance. Lack of vision impairs postural balance more deeply in subjects with chronic sleep inefficiency. Chronic poor sleep quality impairs postural control similarly to total sleep deprivation.

  5. Postural orientation in microgravity depends on straightening up movement performed

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    Vaugoyeau, Marianne; Assaiante, Christine

    2009-08-01

    Whether the vertical body orientation depends on the initial posture and/or the type of straightening up movement is the main question raised in this paper. Another objective was to specify the compensatory role of visual input while adopting an erected posture during microgravity. The final body orientation was analysed in microgravity during parabolic flights. After either (1) straightening up movement from a crouching or (2) a sitting posture, with and without vision. The main results are the following: (1) a vertical erected final posture is correctly achieved after sit to stand movement, whereas all subjects were tilted forward after straightening up from a crouching posture and (2) vision may contribute to correct final posture. These results suggest the existence of a re-weighting of the remaining sensory information, visual information, contact cutaneous cues and proprioceptive information under microgravity condition. We can put forward the alternative hypothesis that the control of body orientation under microgravity condition may also be achieved on the basis of a postural body scheme, that seems to be dependant on the type of movement and/ or the initial position of the whole body.

  6. Emotional and movement-related body postures modulate visual processing.

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    Borhani, Khatereh; Làdavas, Elisabetta; Maier, Martin E; Avenanti, Alessio; Bertini, Caterina

    2015-08-01

    Human body postures convey useful information for understanding others' emotions and intentions. To investigate at which stage of visual processing emotional and movement-related information conveyed by bodies is discriminated, we examined event-related potentials elicited by laterally presented images of bodies with static postures and implied-motion body images with neutral, fearful or happy expressions. At the early stage of visual structural encoding (N190), we found a difference in the sensitivity of the two hemispheres to observed body postures. Specifically, the right hemisphere showed a N190 modulation both for the motion content (i.e. all the observed postures implying body movements elicited greater N190 amplitudes compared with static postures) and for the emotional content (i.e. fearful postures elicited the largest N190 amplitude), while the left hemisphere showed a modulation only for the motion content. In contrast, at a later stage of perceptual representation, reflecting selective attention to salient stimuli, an increased early posterior negativity was observed for fearful stimuli in both hemispheres, suggesting an enhanced processing of motivationally relevant stimuli. The observed modulations, both at the early stage of structural encoding and at the later processing stage, suggest the existence of a specialized perceptual mechanism tuned to emotion- and action-related information conveyed by human body postures. © The Author (2015). Published by Oxford University Press. For Permissions, please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  7. Global body posture evaluation in patients with temporomandibular joint disorder

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    Eliza Tiemi Saito

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available AIM: To identify the relationship between anterior disc displacement and global posture (plantar arches, lower limbs, shoulder and pelvic girdle, vertebral spine, head and mandibles. Common signs and symptoms of anterior disc displacement were also identified. INTRODUCTION: Global posture deviations cause body adaptation and realignment, which may interfere with the organization and function of the temporomandibular joint. METHODS: Global posture evaluation was performed in a group of 10 female patients (20 to 30 years of age with temporomandibular joint disc displacement and in a control group of 16 healthy female volunteers matched for age, weight and height. Anterior disc displacement signs, symptoms and the presence of parafunctional habits were also identified through interview. RESULTS: Patients with disc displacement showed a higher incidence of pain in the temporomandibular joint area, but there were no differences in parafunctional habits between the groups. In the disc displacement group, postural deviations were found in the pelvis (posterior rotation, lumbar spine (hyperlordosis, thoracic spine (rectification, head (deviation to the right and mandibles (deviation to the left with open mouth. There were no differences in the longitudinal plantar arches between the groups. CONCLUSION: Our results suggest a close relationship between body posture and temporomandibular disorder, though it is not possible to determine whether postural deviations are the cause or the result of the disorder. Hence, postural evaluation could be an important component in the overall approach to providing accurate prevention and treatment in the management of patients with temporomandibular disorder.

  8. Postural perturbations: new insights for treatment of balance disorders

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    Horak, F. B.; Henry, S. M.; Shumway-Cook, A.; Peterson, B. W. (Principal Investigator)

    1997-01-01

    This article reviews the neural control of posture as understood through studies of automatic responses to mechanical perturbations. Recent studies of responses to postural perturbations have provided a new view of how postural stability is controlled, and this view has profound implications for physical therapy practice. We discuss the implications for rehabilitation of balance disorders and demonstrate how an understanding of the specific systems underlying postural control can help to focus and enrich our therapeutic approaches. By understanding the basic systems underlying control of balance, such as strategy selection, rapid latencies, coordinated temporal spatial patterns, force control, and context-specific adaptations, therapists can focus their treatment on each patient's specific impairments. Research on postural responses to surface translations has shown that balance is not based on a fixed set of equilibrium reflexes but on a flexible, functional motor skill that can adapt with training and experience. More research is needed to determine the extent to which quantification of automatic postural responses has practical implications for predicting falls in patients with constraints in their postural control system.

  9. Postural perturbations: new insights for treatment of balance disorders

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    Horak, F. B.; Henry, S. M.; Shumway-Cook, A.; Peterson, B. W. (Principal Investigator)

    1997-01-01

    This article reviews the neural control of posture as understood through studies of automatic responses to mechanical perturbations. Recent studies of responses to postural perturbations have provided a new view of how postural stability is controlled, and this view has profound implications for physical therapy practice. We discuss the implications for rehabilitation of balance disorders and demonstrate how an understanding of the specific systems underlying postural control can help to focus and enrich our therapeutic approaches. By understanding the basic systems underlying control of balance, such as strategy selection, rapid latencies, coordinated temporal spatial patterns, force control, and context-specific adaptations, therapists can focus their treatment on each patient's specific impairments. Research on postural responses to surface translations has shown that balance is not based on a fixed set of equilibrium reflexes but on a flexible, functional motor skill that can adapt with training and experience. More research is needed to determine the extent to which quantification of automatic postural responses has practical implications for predicting falls in patients with constraints in their postural control system.

  10. Patterns of postural sway in high anxious children

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    van Dokkum Elisabeth H

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Current research suggests that elevated levels of anxiety have a negative impact on the regulation of balance. However, most studies to date examined only global balance performance, with little attention to the way body posture is organized in space and time. The aim of this study is to examine whether posturographic measures can reveal (subclinical balance deficits in children with high levels of anxiety. Methods We examined the spatio-temporal structure of the centre-of-pressure (COP fluctuations in children with elevated levels of anxiety and a group of typically developing children while maintaining quiet stance on a force plate in various balance challenging conditions. Balance was challenged by adopting sensory manipulations (standing with eyes closed and/or standing on a foam surface and using a cognitive manipulation (dual-tasking. Results Across groups, postural performance was strongly influenced by the sensory manipulations, and hardly by the cognitive manipulation. We also found that children with anxiety had overall more postural sway, and that their postural sway was overall less complex than sway of typically developing children. The postural differences between groups were present even in the simple baseline condition, and the group differences became larger with increasing task difficulty. Conclusion The pattern of postural sway suggests that balance is overall less stable and more attention demanding in children with anxiety than typically developing children. The findings provide further evidence for a neuro-behavioral link between psychopathology and the effectiveness of postural control.

  11. Postural disorders in mouth breathing children: a systematic review.

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    Neiva, Patricia Dayrell; Kirkwood, Renata Noce; Mendes, Polyana Leite; Zabjek, Karl; Becker, Helena Gonçalves; Mathur, Sunita

    2017-07-05

    Mouth breathing syndrome can cause sleep disturbances that compromise the performance of children in school. It might also cause postural abnormalities involving the head and cervical spine; however, the association between postural abnormalities and mouth breathing in children is unclear. To assess the methodological quality of studies and determine if there is an association between mouth breathing and postural disorders in children. Databases comprised MEDLINE, CINAHL, PEDro, LILACS, EMBASE and Cochrane Central Registrar of Controlled Trials. Searches were until March 2016 and included studies that evaluated postural disorders in children diagnosed with mouth breathing. The Downs and Black checklist was used to evaluate the quality of the evidences. Ten studies were included totaling 417 children from 5 to 14 years. Two studies used the New York State Postural Rating Scale, seven used photography and one used motion capture to measure posture. The methods used to analyze the data included the Postural Analysis Software (SAPO), Fisiometer, ALCimagem and routines in MATLAB program. Quality assessment resulted in low scores (Fisioterapia. Publicado por Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  12. USE OF SOFTWARES FOR POSTURE ASSESSMENT: INTEGRATIVE REVIEW

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    Edyla Maria Porto de Freitas Camelo

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available To carry out an integrative literature review on the postural analysis softwares available today. It is an integrative-narrative review of qualitative and methodological nature performed during April-July 2014. As inclusion criteria, the articles should be bibliographical or original research and available with full access. At first, we proceeded to the identification of the keywords for the softwares related to postural assessment commonly used in the health field, in such case "posture", "software", and "postural assessment". The search was narrowed by publication date from 2002 to 2014. Through the information acquired from the articles and from the software developers, information on 12 programs that assist the postural evaluation were obtained - Alcimage, All Body Scan 3D, Aplob, APPID, Biotonix, Corporis Pro, Fisimetrix, Fisiometer Posturograma, Physical Fisio, Physio Easy, Posture Print and SAPO. However, only one tool has more information and studies, namely SAPO. There are many postural analysis softwares available on the internet today, however, these are quite disparate in relation to possible answers and are still poorly widespread as research tools.

  13. PENINGKATAN STABILITAS POSTURAL PADA LANSIA MELALUI BALANCE EXERCISE

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    Kusnanto .

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    Full Text Available Stabilitas postural adalah masalah yang umum pada lansia. Balance exercise dapat dijadikan alternative latihan bagi lansia. Latihan ini meliputi 5 gerakan (plantar flexion, hip flexion, hip flexion, knee flexion dan side leg raise. Penelitian ini bertujuan untuk menganalisa efek dari balance exercise terhadap peningkatan stabilitas postural pada lansia. Penelitian ini menggunakan design pre eksperimen. Populasi yang digunakan adalah lansia di Panti Wreda Bangkalan. Total sampel adalah 11 responden, yang diambil berdasarkan kriteria inklusi. Variabel dependen adalah balance exercise dan variabel independen adalah stabilitas postural. Stabilitas postural diukur menggunakan 2 tes, yaitu tes Tinetti dan TUGT (Time Up and Go Test. Data dianalisa menggunakan paired t test dengan level signifikan 0,05. Hasil penelitian menunjukkan bahwa balance exercise secara signifikan dapat meningkatkan stabilitas postural. Pada tes Tinetti (p=0,000 dan di TUGT (p=0,001. Sehingga dapat disimpulkan bahwa terdapat hasil yang signifikan antara balance exercise dengan peningkatan stabilitas postural pada lansia. Hal ini disebabkan Karena balance exercise dapat membuat otot lansia menjadi hipertrofi. Hipertrofi dapat meningkatkan kekuatan otot sehingga stabilitas postural lansia dapat meningkat. Penelitian yang akan datang diharapkan melibatkan lebih banyak responden dengan waktu penelitian yang lebih lama dan pengukuran yang lebih baik untuk memastikan hasil yang lebih akurat.

  14. The role of anticipatory postural adjustments in compensatory control of posture: 2. Biomechanical analysis.

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    Santos, Marcio J; Kanekar, Neeta; Aruin, Alexander S

    2010-06-01

    The central nervous system (CNS) utilizes anticipatory (APAs) and compensatory (CPAs) postural adjustments to maintain equilibrium while standing. It is known that these postural adjustments involve displacements of the center of mass (COM) and center of pressure (COP). The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between APAs and CPAs from a kinetic and kinematic perspective. Eight subjects were exposed to external predictable and unpredictable perturbations induced at the shoulder level while standing. Kinematic and kinetic data were recorded and analyzed during the time duration typical for anticipatory and compensatory postural adjustments. When the perturbations were unpredictable, the COM and COP displacements were larger compared to predictable conditions with APAs. Thus, the peak of COM displacement, after the pendulum impact, in the posterior direction reached 28+/-9.6mm in the unpredictable conditions with no APAs whereas it was 1.6 times smaller, reaching 17+/-5.5mm during predictable perturbations. Similarly, after the impact, the peak of COP displacement in the posterior direction was 60+/-14 mm for unpredictable conditions and 28+/-3.6mm for predictable conditions. Finally, the times of the peak COM and COP displacements were similar in the predictable and unpredictable conditions. This outcome provides additional knowledge about how body balance is controlled in presence and in absence of information about the forthcoming perturbation. Moreover, it suggests that control of posture could be enhanced by better utilization of APAs and such an approach could be considered as a valuable modality in the rehabilitation of individuals with balance impairment.

  15. The relationship between a child's postural stability and manual dexterity.

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    Flatters, Ian; Mushtaq, Faisal; Hill, Liam J B; Holt, Raymond J; Wilkie, Richard M; Mon-Williams, Mark

    2014-09-01

    The neural systems responsible for postural control are separate from the neural substrates that underpin control of the hand. Nonetheless, postural control and eye-hand coordination are linked functionally. For example, a stable platform is required for precise manual control tasks (e.g. handwriting) and thus such skills often cannot develop until the child is able to sit or stand upright. This raises the question of the strength of the empirical relationship between measures of postural stability and manual motor control. We recorded objective computerised measures of postural stability in stance and manual control in sitting in a sample of school children (n = 278) aged 3-11 years in order to explore the extent to which measures of manual skill could be predicted by measures of postural stability. A strong correlation was found across the whole sample between separate measures of postural stability and manual control taken on different days. Following correction for age, a significant but modest correlation was found. Regression analysis with age correction revealed that postural stability accounted for between 1 and 10% of the variance in manual performance, dependent on the specific manual task. These data reflect an interdependent functional relationship between manual control and postural stability development. Nevertheless, the relatively small proportion of the explained variance is consistent with the anatomically distinct neural architecture that exists for 'gross' and 'fine' motor control. These data justify the approach of motor batteries that provide separate assessments of postural stability and manual dexterity and have implications for therapeutic intervention in developmental disorders.

  16. Contribution of supraspinal systems to generation of automatic postural responses

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    Tatiana G Deliagina

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Different species maintain a particular body orientation in space due to activity of the closed-loop postural control system. In this review we discuss the role of neurons of descending pathways in operation of this system as revealed in animal models of differing complexity: lower vertebrate (lamprey and higher vertebrates (rabbit and cat.In the lamprey and quadruped mammals, the role of spinal and supraspinal mechanisms in the control of posture is different. In the lamprey, the system contains one closed-loop mechanism consisting of supraspino-spinal networks. Reticulospinal (RS neurons play a key role in generation of postural corrections. Due to vestibular input, any deviation from the stabilized body orientation leads to activation of a specific population of RS neurons. Each of the neurons activates a specific motor synergy. Collectively, these neurons evoke the motor output necessary for the postural correction. In contrast to lampreys, postural corrections in quadrupeds are primarily based not on the vestibular input but on the somatosensory input from limb mechanoreceptors. The system contains two closed-loop mechanisms – spinal and spino-supraspinal networks, which supplement each other. Spinal networks receive somatosensory input from the limb signaling postural perturbations, and generate spinal postural limb reflexes. These reflexes are relatively weak, but in intact animals they are enhanced due to both tonic supraspinal drive and phasic supraspinal commands. Recent studies of these supraspinal influences are considered in this review. A hypothesis suggesting common principles of operation of the postural systems stabilizing body orientation in a particular plane in the lamprey and quadrupeds, that is interaction of antagonistic postural reflexes, is discussed.

  17. Contribution of supraspinal systems to generation of automatic postural responses.

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    Deliagina, Tatiana G; Beloozerova, Irina N; Orlovsky, Grigori N; Zelenin, Pavel V

    2014-01-01

    Different species maintain a particular body orientation in space due to activity of the closed-loop postural control system. In this review we discuss the role of neurons of descending pathways in operation of this system as revealed in animal models of differing complexity: lower vertebrate (lamprey) and higher vertebrates (rabbit and cat). In the lamprey and quadruped mammals, the role of spinal and supraspinal mechanisms in the control of posture is different. In the lamprey, the system contains one closed-loop mechanism consisting of supraspino-spinal networks. Reticulospinal (RS) neurons play a key role in generation of postural corrections. Due to vestibular input, any deviation from the stabilized body orientation leads to activation of a specific population of RS neurons. Each of the neurons activates a specific motor synergy. Collectively, these neurons evoke the motor output necessary for the postural correction. In contrast to lampreys, postural corrections in quadrupeds are primarily based not on the vestibular input but on the somatosensory input from limb mechanoreceptors. The system contains two closed-loop mechanisms - spinal and spino-supraspinal networks, which supplement each other. Spinal networks receive somatosensory input from the limb signaling postural perturbations, and generate spinal postural limb reflexes. These reflexes are relatively weak, but in intact animals they are enhanced due to both tonic supraspinal drive and phasic supraspinal commands. Recent studies of these supraspinal influences are considered in this review. A hypothesis suggesting common principles of operation of the postural systems stabilizing body orientation in a particular plane in the lamprey and quadrupeds, that is interaction of antagonistic postural reflexes, is discussed.

  18. Body temperatures and associated postures of the zebra-tailed lizard, Callisaurus draconoides

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    Muth, A.

    1977-01-01

    Body temperature and associated postures of the zebra-tailed lizard, Callisaurus draconoides, were examined in the field and laboratory. Three distinct postures are described: prostrate, tail-down and elevated. The mean body temperatures of the respective postures in the field were: 33.9, 40.5 and 42.7 C. In the laboratory, heating rates were greatest for the prostrate posture and least for the elevated posture. Body temperatures and heating rates are significantly correlated with posture. These correlations suggest that the postures are associated with behavioral thermoregulation in the field.

  19. Prephonatory chest wall posturing in stutterers.

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    Baken, R J; McManus, D A; Cavallo, S A

    1983-09-01

    The possibility that prephonatory chest wall posturing is abnormal in stutterers was explored by observing rib cage and abdominal hemicircumference changes during the interval between the presentation of a stimulus and the production of/alpha/by a group of stutterers (N = 5). It was found that the patterns of chest wall adjustment for phonation were qualitatively identical in the stutterers and in a comparable group of normal men studied previously. There was, however, a significant difference in the way in which lung volume changed during the execution of the chest wall adjustment. This was considered to be indicative of delayed glottal closure among the stutterers rather than representative of a primary ventilatory disturbance.

  20. A Methodology for Investigating Adaptive Postural Control

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    McDonald, P. V.; Riccio, G. E.

    1999-01-01

    Our research on postural control and human-environment interactions provides an appropriate scientific foundation for understanding the skill of mass handling by astronauts in weightless conditions (e.g., extravehicular activity or EVA). We conducted an investigation of such skills in NASA's principal mass-handling simulator, the Precision Air-Bearing Floor, at the Johnson Space Center. We have studied skilled movement-body within a multidisciplinary context that draws on concepts and methods from biological and behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, kinesiology and neurophysiology) as well as bioengineering. Our multidisciplinary research has led to the development of measures, for manual interactions between individuals and the substantial environment, that plausibly are observable by human sensory systems. We consider these methods to be the most important general contribution of our EVA investigation. We describe our perspective as control theoretic because it draws more on fundamental concepts about control systems in engineering than it does on working constructs from the subdisciplines of biomechanics and motor control in the bio-behavioral sciences. At the same time, we have attempted to identify the theoretical underpinnings of control-systems engineering that are most relevant to control by human beings. We believe that these underpinnings are implicit in the assumptions that cut across diverse methods in control-systems engineering, especially the various methods associated with "nonlinear control", "fuzzy control," and "adaptive control" in engineering. Our methods are based on these theoretical foundations rather than on the mathematical formalisms that are associated with particular methods in control-systems engineering. The most important aspects of the human-environment interaction in our investigation of mass handling are the functional consequences that body configuration and stability have for the pick up of information or the achievement of

  1. Effects of wheelchair posture on patient safety.

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    Gavin-Dreschnack, Deborah

    2004-01-01

    Wheelchairs originally were designed to transport people from one place to another quickly and easily. They have evolved to rank among the most important therapeutic devices used in rehabilitation. Currently, an estimated 2.2 million people who use wheelchairs generally are living longer and moving about more. However, the increased use of wheelchairs has been accompanied by many types of adverse events and repetitive stress injuries. Wheelchair prescription, posture, training, and maintenance are critical components of safety in this population, and may be enhanced through increased awareness and education. Since nurses and nursing staff are most often involved directly with wheelchair users (particularly in long-term-care settings), providing specialized programs for adaptive wheelchair fitting allows for a proactive approach to seating problems.

  2. A review of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.

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    Carew, Sheila

    2012-01-31

    A 21-year-old female reports an 18-month history of light-headedness on standing. This is often associated with palpitations and a feeling of intense anxiety. She has had two black-outs in the past 12 months. She is not taking any regular medications. Her supine blood pressure was 126\\/84 mmHg with a heart rate of 76 bpm, and her upright blood pressure was 122\\/80 mmHg with a heart rate of 114 bpm. A full system examination was otherwise normal. She had a 12-lead electrocardiogram performed which was unremarkable. She was referred for head-up tilt testing. She was symptomatic during the test and lost consciousness at 16 min. Figure 1 summarizes her blood pressure and heart rate response to tilting. A diagnosis of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome with overlapping vasovagal syncope was made.

  3. A Methodology for Investigating Adaptive Postural Control

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    McDonald, P. V.; Riccio, G. E.

    1999-01-01

    Our research on postural control and human-environment interactions provides an appropriate scientific foundation for understanding the skill of mass handling by astronauts in weightless conditions (e.g., extravehicular activity or EVA). We conducted an investigation of such skills in NASA's principal mass-handling simulator, the Precision Air-Bearing Floor, at the Johnson Space Center. We have studied skilled movement-body within a multidisciplinary context that draws on concepts and methods from biological and behavioral sciences (e.g., psychology, kinesiology and neurophysiology) as well as bioengineering. Our multidisciplinary research has led to the development of measures, for manual interactions between individuals and the substantial environment, that plausibly are observable by human sensory systems. We consider these methods to be the most important general contribution of our EVA investigation. We describe our perspective as control theoretic because it draws more on fundamental concepts about control systems in engineering than it does on working constructs from the subdisciplines of biomechanics and motor control in the bio-behavioral sciences. At the same time, we have attempted to identify the theoretical underpinnings of control-systems engineering that are most relevant to control by human beings. We believe that these underpinnings are implicit in the assumptions that cut across diverse methods in control-systems engineering, especially the various methods associated with "nonlinear control", "fuzzy control," and "adaptive control" in engineering. Our methods are based on these theoretical foundations rather than on the mathematical formalisms that are associated with particular methods in control-systems engineering. The most important aspects of the human-environment interaction in our investigation of mass handling are the functional consequences that body configuration and stability have for the pick up of information or the achievement of

  4. Myopia, posture and the visual environment.

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    Charman, W Neil

    2011-09-01

    Evidence for a possible role for the peripheral retina in the control of refractive development is discussed, together with Howland's suggestion (Paper presented at the 13th International Myopia Conference, Tubingen, Germany, July 26-29, 2010) that signals to generate appropriate growth might be derived from ocular oblique astigmatism. The dependence of this, or similar peripheral mechanisms, on exposure to a uniform field of near-zero dioptric vergence is emphasized: this is required to ensure a consistent relationship between the astigmatic image fields and the retina. This condition is satisfied by typical outdoor environments. In contrast, indoor environments are likely to be unfavourable to peripherally-based emmetropization, since dioptric stimuli may vary widely across the visual field. This is particularly the case when short working distances or markedly asymmetric head postures with respect to the visual task are adopted.

  5. Postural Instability in Children with ADHD Is Improved by Methylphenidate.

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    Bucci, Maria P; Stordeur, Coline; Acquaviva, Eric; Peyre, Hugo; Delorme, Richard

    2016-01-01

    HIGHLIGHTS Both spatial and temporal analyses of the Center of Pressure demonstrate that children with ADHD have poorer postural control than typically developing sex-, age-, and IQ-matched children.Poor sensory integration in postural control could partially explained the deficits in postural stability in children with ADHD.MPH treatment improves postural performance in both spatial and temporal domains in children with ADHD.MPH improves postural control specifically when visual and proprioceptive inputs are misleading.Such improvement could be due to MPH effects on neurons, facilitating cerebellar processing of postural control. The aim of this study was to examine postural control in children with ADHD and explore the effect of methylphenidate (MPH), using spatial and temporal analyses of the center of pressure (CoP). Thirty-eight children with ADHD (mean age 9.82 ± 0.37 years) and 38 sex- age- and IQ-matched children with typically development were examined. Postural stability was evaluated using the Multitest Equilibre machine (Framiral®) at inclusion and after 1 month of MPH in children with ADHD. Postural stability was assessed by recording under several conditions: with eyes open and fixed on a target, with eyes closed and with vision perturbed by optokinetic stimulation, on stable and unstable platforms. At inclusion, we observed poor spatial and temporal postural stability in children with ADHD. The spectral power index was higher in children with ADHD than in controls. Canceling time was shorter at low and medium frequencies of oscillation and longer at higher frequencies in children with ADHD. After 1 month of MPH, the surface area and mean velocity of the CoP decreased significantly under the most complex conditions (unstable platform in the absence of proprioceptive and visual inputs). The spectral power index decreased significantly after MPH while the canceling time did not change. Poor postural control in children with ADHD supports the

  6. Postural Instability in Children with ADHD Is Improved by Methylphenidate

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    Bucci, Maria P.; Stordeur, Coline; Acquaviva, Eric; Peyre, Hugo; Delorme, Richard

    2016-01-01

    HIGHLIGHTS Both spatial and temporal analyses of the Center of Pressure demonstrate that children with ADHD have poorer postural control than typically developing sex-, age-, and IQ-matched children.Poor sensory integration in postural control could partially explained the deficits in postural stability in children with ADHD.MPH treatment improves postural performance in both spatial and temporal domains in children with ADHD.MPH improves postural control specifically when visual and proprioceptive inputs are misleading.Such improvement could be due to MPH effects on neurons, facilitating cerebellar processing of postural control. The aim of this study was to examine postural control in children with ADHD and explore the effect of methylphenidate (MPH), using spatial and temporal analyses of the center of pressure (CoP). Thirty-eight children with ADHD (mean age 9.82 ± 0.37 years) and 38 sex- age- and IQ-matched children with typically development were examined. Postural stability was evaluated using the Multitest Equilibre machine (Framiral®) at inclusion and after 1 month of MPH in children with ADHD. Postural stability was assessed by recording under several conditions: with eyes open and fixed on a target, with eyes closed and with vision perturbed by optokinetic stimulation, on stable and unstable platforms. At inclusion, we observed poor spatial and temporal postural stability in children with ADHD. The spectral power index was higher in children with ADHD than in controls. Canceling time was shorter at low and medium frequencies of oscillation and longer at higher frequencies in children with ADHD. After 1 month of MPH, the surface area and mean velocity of the CoP decreased significantly under the most complex conditions (unstable platform in the absence of proprioceptive and visual inputs). The spectral power index decreased significantly after MPH while the canceling time did not change. Poor postural control in children with ADHD supports the

  7. Posture Estimation by Using High Frequency Markers and Kernel Regressions

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    Ono, Yuya; Iwai, Yoshio; Ishiguro, Hiroshi

    Recently, research fields of augmented reality and robot navigation are actively investigated. Estimating a relative posture between an object and a camera is an important task in these fields. In this paper, we propose a novel method for posture estimation by using high frequency markers and kernel regressions. The markers are embedded in an object's texture in the high frequency domain. We observe the change of spatial frequency of object's texture to estimate a current posture of the object. We conduct experiments to show the effectiveness of our method.

  8. Estimation of Human Body Shape and Posture Under Clothing

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    Wuhrer, Stefanie; Pishchulin, Leonid; Brunton, Alan; Shu, Chang; Lang, Jochen

    2013-01-01

    Estimating the body shape and posture of a dressed human subject in motion represented as a sequence of (possibly incomplete) 3D meshes is important for virtual change rooms and security. To solve this problem, statistical shape spaces encoding human body shape and posture variations are commonly used to constrain the search space for the shape estimate. In this work, we propose a novel method that uses a posture-invariant shape space to model body shape variation combined with a skeleton-bas...

  9. Delayed Random Walks: Modeling Human Posture Control

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    Ohira, Toru

    1998-03-01

    We consider a phenomenological description of a noisy trajectory which appears on a stabiliogram platform during human postural sway. We hypothesize that this trajectory arises due to a mixture of uncontrollable noise and a corrective delayed feedback to an upright position. Based on this hypothesis, we model the process with a biased random walk whose transition probability depends on its position at a fixed time delay in the past, which we call a delayed random walk. We first introduce a very simple model (T. Ohira and J. G. Milton, Phys.Rev.E. 52), 3277, (1995), which can nevertheless capture the rough qualitative features of the two--point mean square displacement of experimental data with reasonable estimation of delay time. Then, we discuss two approaches toward better capturing and understanding of the experimental data. The first approach is an extension of the model to include a spatial displacement threshold from the upright position below which no or only weak corrective feedback motion takes place. This can be incorporated into an extended delayed random walk model. Numerical simulations show that this extended model can better capture the three scaling region which appears in the two--point mean square displacement. The other approach studied the autocorrelation function of the experimental data, which shows oscillatory behavior. We recently investigated a delayed random walk model whose autocorrelation function has analytically tractable oscillatory behavior (T. Ohira, Phys.Rev.E. 55), R1255, (1997). We discuss how this analytical understanding and its application to delay estimation (T. Ohira and R. Sawatari, Phys.Rev.E. 55), R2077, (1997) could possibly be used to further understand the postural sway data.

  10. Postural correlates of viewing painful situations

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    Thierry eLelard

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Background: Emotional context may play a crucial role in movement production. According to simulation theories, emotional states affect motor systems. The aim of this study was to compare postural responses assessed by posturography and electromyography when subjects were instructed to imagine themselves in a painful or a non-painful situation.Methods: Twenty-nine subjects (22.3 ± 3.7 years participated in this study. While standing quietly on a posturographic platform, they were instructed to imagine themselves in a painful or non-painful situation. Displacement of the centre of pressure (COP, leg muscle electromyographic activity, heart rate, and electrodermal activity were assessed in response to painful and non-painful situations.Results:The anteroposterior path was shorter (p<0.05 when subjects imagined themselves in a painful situation (M = 148.0 ± 33.4 mm compared to a non-painful situation (158.2 ± 38.7 mm. Higher Tibialis Anterior (TA activity (RMS-TA = 3.38 ± 1.95 % vs 3.24 ± 1.85 %; p < 0.001 and higher variability of Soleus (SO activity (variation coefficient of RMS-SO = 13.5 ± 16.2 % vs M = 9.0% ± 7.2 %; p<0.05 were also observed in painful compared to non-painful situations. No significant changes were observed for other physiological data Conclusion: This study demonstrates that simulation of painful situations induces changes in postural control and leg muscle activation compared to non-painful situations, as increased stiffness was demonstrated in response to aversive pictures in accordance with previous results.

  11. Postural control of the human mandible.

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    Miles, Timothy S

    2007-04-01

    This article reviews recent experimental evidence explaining the mechanisms that support the mandible in its rest or postural position when the head is stationary and during locomotion. At rest, and during slow jaw movements, there is alternating activation of the jaw-opening and jaw-closing muscles which arises from a central pattern generator. However, this cannot account for the rest position of the mandible even when the head is stationary. Jaw movements and masticatory muscle activity were measured in subjects who stood, walked and ran on a treadmill. Even during walking, there are no bursts of masseter EMG time-locked to heel-landing. However, when subjects ran, the downward movement of the mandible in each step evokes a burst of EMG in the masseters. This is a stretch reflex in the jaw-closing muscles, which acts to limit the downward movement of the mandible relative to the maxilla during locomotion, and to restore the mandibular position towards its rest position. Thus, when the head is stationary, the low-level activity in the jaw-opening and jaw-closing muscles does not contribute to the rest position. Instead, the mandible is supported by passive viscoelastic forces in perioral soft tissues which limit vertical jaw movements even when the head moves gently up and down during walking. When the head moves more vigorously up and down, stretch reflexes in the jaw-closing muscles limit the movement of the mandible. That is, both passive forces and active reflex responses maintain jaw posture within narrow limits during brisk head movements.

  12. Reliability of novel postural sway task test

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    Milan Sedliak

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of this study was to examine the reliability of parameters obtained from a novel postural sway task test based on body movements controlled by visual feedback. Fifty-nine volunteers were divided into two groups. The first group consisted of young (n = 32, 16 females and 16 males, age: 25.2 ± 3.4 years and the second group of elderly individuals (n = 27, 17 females and 10 males, age: 75.7 ± 6.9 years. Participants stood in parallel on a computer based stabilographic platform with the feet approximately a shoulder width apart, the toes slightly pointing outwards, the hands placed on the hips. The computer screen was placed approximately 1.5 meter from the platform at a height of subjects’ eyes. An instantaneous visual feedback of participant’s centre of pressure (COP was given in a form of a blue cross visible on the screen. Participants were instructed to keep the blue cross driven by movements of their hips as close as possible to a predefined curve flowing on the screen. Out of the 6 parameters studied, only the average distance of COP from the curve line and the sum of the COP crossings through the curve line showed high reliability. Correlation between these two highly reliable parameters was -0.89. There was also a statistical difference (p<0.001 between young and elderly in both the average distance of COP from the curve line and the sum of the COP crossings through the curve. To conclude, the novel postural sway task provides a simple tool with relatively low time burden needed for testing. The suggested output parameters measured are highly reliable and easy to interpret.

  13. Shoulder posture and median nerve sliding

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    Dilley Andrew

    2004-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Patients with upper limb pain often have a slumped sitting position and poor shoulder posture. Pain could be due to poor posture causing mechanical changes (stretch; local pressure that in turn affect the function of major limb nerves (e.g. median nerve. This study examines (1 whether the individual components of slumped sitting (forward head position, trunk flexion and shoulder protraction cause median nerve stretch and (2 whether shoulder protraction restricts normal nerve movements. Methods Longitudinal nerve movement was measured using frame-by-frame cross-correlation analysis from high frequency ultrasound images during individual components of slumped sitting. The effects of protraction on nerve movement through the shoulder region were investigated by examining nerve movement in the arm in response to contralateral neck side flexion. Results Neither moving the head forward or trunk flexion caused significant movement of the median nerve. In contrast, 4.3 mm of movement, adding 0.7% strain, occurred in the forearm during shoulder protraction. A delay in movement at the start of protraction and straightening of the nerve trunk provided evidence of unloading with the shoulder flexed and elbow extended and the scapulothoracic joint in neutral. There was a 60% reduction in nerve movement in the arm during contralateral neck side flexion when the shoulder was protracted compared to scapulothoracic neutral. Conclusion Slumped sitting is unlikely to increase nerve strain sufficient to cause changes to nerve function. However, shoulder protraction may place the median nerve at risk of injury, since nerve movement is reduced through the shoulder region when the shoulder is protracted and other joints are moved. Both altered nerve dynamics in response to moving other joints and local changes to blood supply may adversely affect nerve function and increase the risk of developing upper quadrant pain.

  14. “AVALIAÇÃO DO CONTROLE POSTURAL E DO EQUILÍBRIO ESTÁTICO: ESTUDO COMPARATIVO ENTRE ESCOLARES OUVINTES E COM PERDA AUDITIVA SENSÓRIONEURAL E SUA RELAÇÃO COM OS GRAUS DA PERDA AUDITIVA E COM A FUNÇÃO DO SISTEMA VESTIBULAR”.

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    Melo,Renato de Souza

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    Introdução: Crianças com perda auditiva sensórioneural podem apresentar distúrbios no controle postural e no equilíbrio em virtude do acometimento do sistema vestibular, decorrente da lesão na orelha interna. Objetivo: Avaliar a estabilidade do controle postural e do equilíbrio estático em crianças ouvintes e com perda auditiva e comparar os dados entre os grupos. Métodos: Estudo de corte transversal, que avaliou 130 escolares, sendo 65 ouvintes e 65 com perda auditiva sensórioneural, de ambo...

  15. Postural Evaluation of Vertebral Column in Children and Teenagers with Hearing Loss

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    Toscano, Carla Fabiana da Silva; Silva, Polyanna Waleska Amorim da; Silva,Lícia Vasconcelos Carvalho da; Melo,Renato de Souza

    2011-01-01

    Introduction: Posture is determined by the performance of the visual, somatosensory and vestibular systems. Children with hearing loss can present problems in their posture or postural control, enabling postural deviations and alterations to appear in their vertebral column, possibly provoked by a hypoactivity of the vestibular system as a result of deafness. Objective: To evaluate the posture of the vertebral column in children and teenagers with hearing loss at school age, taking into consi...

  16. Posture in dentists: Sitting vs. standing positions during dentistry work: An EMG study

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    Pejčić, Nataša; Đurić-Jovičić, Milica; Miljković, Nadica; id_orcid 0000-0002-3933-6076; Popović, Dejan B.; id_orcid 0000-0002-0882-7227; Petrović, Vanja

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    Introduction Adequate working posture is important for overall health. Inappropriate posture may increase fatigue, decrease efficiency, and eventually lead to injuries. Objective The purpose was to examine posture positions used during dentistry work. Methods In order to quantify different posture positions, we recorded muscle activity and positions of body segments. The position (inclination) data of the back was used to assess two postures: sitting and standing during standard dental interv...

  17. Reorganização dos Componentes Neuromotores do Tronco e Membro Superior - Importância da Estabilidade Proximal na Mobilidade Distal durante o Movimento de Alcance, após AVE

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    Araújo, Gisela

    2014-01-01

    Introdução: A função do membro superior (MS), é uma componente fundamental para autonomia dos indivíduos, sendo essencial no movimento de alcance. Após acidente vascular encefálico (AVE), os indivíduos apresentam comprometimento deste movimento. Objetivo(s): O presente estudo teve como objetivo descrever a reorganização do controlo postural do tronco durante o movimento de alcance, em indivíduos com alterações neuromotoras decorrentes de um acidente vascular encefálico, face à ...

  18. Doença de Ménière e vertigem postural

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    Boaglio Mirella; Soares Letícia Clemente Alvim; Ibrahim Carmem Silvia Marsiglia Natal; Ganança Fernando Freitas; Cruz Oswaldo Laércio Mendonça

    2003-01-01

    OBJETIVO: A associação entre doença de Ménière e a vertigem postural tem sido descrita por vários autores. O objetivo deste estudo foi avaliar a presença do nistagmo de posicionamento e da sensação vertiginosa posicional em pacientes portadores de Doença de Ménière. FORMA DE ESTUDO: Clínico prospectivo. MÉTODO: Foram avaliados 44 pacientes com diagnóstico definitivo de doença de Ménière segundo avaliação clínica e audiológica (preenchendo os critérios diagnósticos da American Academy of Otola...

  19. Análise postural da coluna cervical e cintura escapular de crianças praticantes e não praticantes do método pilates

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    Goulart,Irma Pujól; Teixeira,Lilian Pinto; Lara, Simone

    2016-01-01

    RESUMO Comparou-se o padrão postural relacionado à coluna cervical e cintura escapular de estudantes praticantes e não praticantes do método pilates. Trata-se de um estudo transversal e quantitativo. O trabalho avaliou uma amostra de conveniência formada por 39 estudantes, divididos em grupo pilates (GP), composto por 21 escolares, e grupo inativo (GI), composto por 18 escolares. Foi realizada avaliação postural dos mesmos por meio do software Sapo. Houve diferença significativa entre os grup...

  20. Postural Stability of Patients with Schizophrenia during Challenging Sensory Conditions: Implication of Sensory Integration for Postural Control.

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    Ya-Ling Teng

    Full Text Available Postural dysfunctions are prevalent in patients with schizophrenia and affect their daily life and ability to work. In addition, sensory functions and sensory integration that are crucial for postural control are also compromised. This study intended to examine how patients with schizophrenia coordinate multiple sensory systems to maintain postural stability in dynamic sensory conditions. Twenty-nine patients with schizophrenia and 32 control subjects were recruited. Postural stability of the participants was examined in six sensory conditions of different level of congruency of multiple sensory information, which was based on combinations of correct, removed, or conflicting sensory inputs from visual, somatosensory, and vestibular systems. The excursion of the center of pressure was measured by posturography. Equilibrium scores were derived to indicate the range of anterior-posterior (AP postural sway, and sensory ratios were calculated to explore ability to use sensory information to maintain balance. The overall AP postural sway was significantly larger for patients with schizophrenia compared to the controls [patients (69.62±8.99; controls (76.53±7.47; t1,59 = -3.28, p<0.001]. The results of mixed-model ANOVAs showed a significant interaction between the group and sensory conditions [F5,295 = 5.55, p<0.001]. Further analysis indicated that AP postural sway was significantly larger for patients compared to the controls in conditions containing unreliable somatosensory information either with visual deprivation or with conflicting visual information. Sensory ratios were not significantly different between groups, although small and non-significant difference in inefficiency to utilize vestibular information was also noted. No significant correlations were found between postural stability and clinical characteristics. To sum up, patients with schizophrenia showed increased postural sway and a higher rate of falls during challenging sensory

  1. Diferenças sensoriais e motoras entre jovens e idosos: contribuição somatossensorial no controle postural Sensory and motor differences between young and older adults: somatosensory contribution to postural control

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    Diana R. Toledo

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVOS: Comparar o desempenho dos sistemas sensoriais e motor entre jovens e idosos e identificar as contribuições das possíveis diferenças para o controle postural. MÉTODOS: Vinte idosos (68,9±3,7 anos de idade e 20 jovens (21,9±2,1anos de idade realizaram testes visuais; somatossensoriais (sensibilidade cutânea e cinestésica; motores (torque articular e latência de ativação muscular e de controle postural (postura ereta em semi-tandem. RESULTADOS: As análises de variância (ANOVAs e as análises de multivariância (MANOVAs indicaram desempenho inferior dos idosos nos testes sensoriais: acuidade visual (p=0,001; sensibilidade ao contraste visual (p=0,009; sensibilidade cutânea (pOBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the performance of the sensory and motor systems and the contributions of possible differences to postural control. METHODS: Twenty older adults (68.9±3.7 years of age and twenty young adults (21.9±2.1 years of age underwent visual, somatosensory (tactile and kinesthetic sensitivity, motor tests (joint torque and muscle activation latency and postural control assessments (upright semi-tandem posture. RESULTS: MANOVA and ANOVA indicated that older adults had a poorer performance in the sensory tests: visual acuity (p=0.001, visual contrast sensitivity (p=0.009, tactile sensitivity (p<0.001 and kinesthetic sensitivity of the knee (p<0.001 and ankle (<0.001; and in the motor tests: female (p=0.010 and male (p<0.001 knee flexion torque; female (p=0.002 and male (p<0.001 knee extension torque; female (p=0.029 and male (p=0.006 ankle dorsiflexion torque; female (p=0.004 and male (p=0.004 ankle plantar flexion torque; and muscle activation latency (p<0.001. The older adults also had greater body sway amplitude on the anterior-posterior direction (p=0.035. Multiple regression analysis revealed that perception of passive motion was the only variable that contributed to greater body sway on the anterior

  2. Autoavaliação da postura por idosos com e sem hipercifose torácica Self-evaluation of posture by elderly people with or without thoracic khyposis

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    Lívia Pimenta Renó Gasparotto

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available No presente artigo enumeram-se certas diferenças categoriais da percepção de si de idosos, cuja análise é importante para possíveis intervenções. Objetivo: analisar a relação entre a postura apresentada e a autopercepção desta por idosos. Metodologia: participaram 18 idosos do projeto Epidoso II-Unifesp submetidos à avaliação postural. As posturas foram fotografadas e as imagens entregues aos idosos, cujas opiniões foram analisadas por metodologia qualitativa. As falas foram transcritas e categorizadas pela técnica de codificação teórica axial e seletiva, na perspectiva do interacionismo simbólico. Resultados: Identificou-se uma atitude passiva do idoso em relação às alterações posturais. Há uma distorção da imagem corporal por aqueles que apresentam desvio de postura. Participantes que possuíam o alinhamento vertebral adequado mostraram-se mais conscientes sobre seu posicionamento corporal e a importância deste assimilada em fases anteriores à do envelhecimento. Conclusão: a aderência ao autocuidado postural parece ocorrer em fases anteriores à do envelhecimento, devendo ser realizado nestas épocas o trabalho efetivamente preventivo. A despreocupação com a questão postural relaciona-se com a concepção do idoso sobre a noção de envelhecimento que é, em si, o acúmulo de disfunções inevitavelmente simultâneas ou sucessivas.This article lists the differences between self-perception of body posture among the elderly suffering from postural alterations or not, in order to ascertain whether self-evaluation of posture can lead to preventive measures. Eighteen cases from the elderly population participated in the EPIDOSO project at UNIFESP and were subjected to postural evaluation. Postures were photographed and copies given to the participants and their subsequent comments were analyzed by the qualitative method. The narratives were taped and cataloguedusingthe technique of theoretical axial and selective

  3. A importância da avaliação postural no paciente com disfunção da articulação temporomandibular The importance of the postural evaluation in patients with temporomandibular joint dysfunction

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    Daniela Vieira Amantéa

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available O equilíbrio do corpo bem como os movimentos da cabeça são originados pelo posicionamento do crânio sobre a região cervical determinando assim a postura do indivíduo. Estando a articulação temporomandibular (ATM diretamente relacionada com a região cervical e escapular através de um sistema neuromuscular comum, alterações posturais da coluna cervical podem acarretar em distúrbios na ATM e vice-versa. O número crescente de pacientes com disfunção da articulação temporomandibular (DTM que apresentavam alterações posturais levou ao desenvolvimento de estudos que procuram demonstrar suas relações. Este trabalho propôs-se realizar uma revisão de literatura que demonstre a relação entre má postura e DTM. Salienta ainda a necessidade de uma equipe multidisciplinar, formada pelo médico ortopedista, o cirurgião dentista e o fisioterapeuta, para realizarem juntos o diagnóstico e o tratamento de tais alterações.The position of the head over the neck determines the posture of the body and is responsible for the body balance and head movements. The temporomandibular joint (TMA is directly related to the cervical and the scapular region by a common neuromuscular system. Changes in the cervical spine can cause lead to TMA disorders and contra wise. The increasing number of patients with TMA disorders who also had postural disorders led to the development of studies to evaluate their interactions. The present study aimed to review the papers that have shown a relationship between wrong posture and TMA disorders. It emphasizes the importance of a multidisciplinary team formed by an orthopedist, dental surgeon, and physiotherapist in the diagnosis and treatment of TMA disorders and wrong posture.

  4. Models of the vestibular system and postural control

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    Young, L. R.; Weiss, A.

    1974-01-01

    Applications of control theory and systems analysis to the problem of orientation and posture control are discussed, with the possible long range goals of contributing to the development of hardware for rehabilitation of the handicapped.

  5. Transition from Rocking to Crawling: Postural Constraints on Infant Movement.

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    Goldfield, Eugene C.

    1989-01-01

    Investigated postural constraints on movement of 15 6-month-old infants. Results suggested that each of the developing capabilities of orienting, reaching, and kicking assumed a specific function for locomotion at the stage of crawling. (RJC)

  6. Observing working postures in industry: Examples of OWAS application.

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    Karhu, O; Härkönen, R; Sorvali, P; Vepsäläinen, P

    1981-03-01

    A practical method for identifying and evaluating poor working postures, ie the Ovako Working Posture Analysing System (OWAS), was presented in an earlier paper (Karhu et al, 1977). The application of the method is here described by means of two examples. One is a case study undertaken by members of an ergonomics training course, in which a marked improvement in working posture was achieved by OWAS analysis of critical activities. The second illustrates the effect of setting up a multidisciplinary group in order to develop an alternative method for the installation and maintenance of steel mill equipment. In both examples, application of the OWAS method led to improved posture in the situations studied, and to the likelihood of its wider industrial use.

  7. Correcting working postures in industry: A practical method for analysis.

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    Karhu, O; Kansi, P; Kuorinka, I

    1977-12-01

    A practical method for identifying and evaluating poor working postures, ie, the Ovako Working Posture Analysing System (OWAS), is presented. The method consists of two parts. The first is an observational technique for evaluating working postures. It can be used by work-study engineers in their daily routine and it gives reliable results after a short training period. The second part of the method is a set of criteria for the redesign of working methods and places. The criteria are based on evaluations made by experienced workers and ergonomics experts. They take into consideration factors such as health and safety, but the main emphasis is placed on the discomfort caused by the working postures. The method has been extensively used in the steel company which participated in its development. Complete production lines have already been redesigned on the basis of information gathered from OWAS, the result being more comfortable workplaces as well as a positive effect on production quality.

  8. Task, muscle and frequency dependent vestibular control of posture

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    Forbes, P.A.; Siegmund, G.P.; Schouten, A.C.; Blouin, J.S.

    2015-01-01

    The vestibular system is crucial for postural control; however there are considerable differences in the task dependence and frequency response of vestibular reflexes in appendicular and axial muscles. For example, vestibular reflexes are only evoked in appendicular muscles when vestibular

  9. Hand posture recognizer based on separator wavelet networks

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    Bouchrika, Tahani; Jemai, Olfa; Zaied, Mourad; Ben Amar, Chokri

    2015-12-01

    This paper presents a novel hand posture recognizer based on separator wavelet networks (SWNs). Aiming at creating a robust and rapid hand posture recognizer, we have contributed by proposing a new training algorithm for the wavelet network classifier based on fast wavelet transform (FWN). So, the contribution resides in reducing the number of WNs modeling training data. To make that, inspiring from the adaboost feature selection method, we thought to create SWNs (n-1 WNs for n classes) instead of modeling each training sample by its wavelet network (WN). By proposing the new training algorithm, the recognition phase will be positively influenced. It will be more rapid thanks to the reduction of the number of comparisons between test images WNs and training WNs. Comparisons with other works, employing universal hand posture datasets are presented and discussed. Obtained results have shown that the new hand posture recognizer is comparable to previously established ones.

  10. Assessment of striatal & postural deformities in patients with Parkinson's disease

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    Sanjay Pandey

    2016-01-01

    Interpretation & conclusions: Our results showed that striatal and postural deformities were common and present in about half of the patients with PD. These deformities we more common in patients with advanced stage of PD.

  11. Human Energy Expenditure and Postural Coordination on the Mechanical Horse.

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    Baillet, Héloïse; Thouvarecq, Régis; Vérin, Eric; Tourny, Claire; Benguigui, Nicolas; Komar, John; Leroy, David

    2017-01-01

    The authors investigated and compared the energy expenditure and postural coordination of two groups of healthy subjects on a mechanical horse at 4 increasing oscillation frequencies. Energy expenditure was assessed from the oxygen consumption, respiratory quotient, and heart rate values, and postural coordination was characterized by relative phase computations between subjects (elbow, head, trunk) and horse. The results showed that the postural coordination of the riders was better adapted (i.e., maintenance of in-phase and antiphase) than that of the nonriders, but the energy expenditure remains the same. Likewise, we observed an energy system shifting only for nonriders (from aerobic to lactic anaerobic mode). Finally, cross-correlations showed a link between energy expenditure and postural coordination in the riders (i.e., effectiveness).

  12. Upper extremity function: What's posture got to do with it?

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    Harbourne, Regina; Kamm, Kathi

    2015-01-01

    This perspective paper reviews the linkage between developing postural control and upper extremity function. We suggest updated principles for guiding clinical practice, based on current views from motor learning, motor development, and motor control research. Using three clinical examples, we illustrate principles focusing on the use of variability, the importance of errors in learning movement, task specific exploration and practice, and the critical timing necessary to build skill of the upper extremity in a variety of postures. These principles differ from historic approaches in therapeutic exercise, which treated posture as a separate system and a precursor for extremity skill building. We maintain that current movement science supports the tight interaction of posture and upper extremity function through developmental time and in real time, such that one system cannot be considered separate from the other. Specific suggestions for clinical practice flow from the guiding principles outlined in this paper.

  13. Gender and Postural Differences in Cardiovascular Response to ...

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    Cardiovascular (CV) response to isometric exercise among the elderly is still widely ... Their heart rates, as well as systolic and diastolic blood pressures were ... that gender and posture (seated and supine position) do not affect heart rate, ...

  14. Design of strategies to assess lumbar posture during work.

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    Burdorf, A.; Riel, van M.

    1996-01-01

    Quantitative characterization of postural load on the back should describe exposure patterns among workers and factors affecting these exposure patterns. This article presents general guidelines for designing appropriate measurement strategies; how to obtain detailed data with an applicable measurem

  15. Postural control in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review

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    Full Text Available EF Porto,1,2 AAM Castro,1,3 VGS Schmidt,4 HM Rabelo,4 C Kümpel,2 OA Nascimento,5 JR Jardim5 1Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center, Federal University of São Paulo, 2Adventist University, São Paulo, 3Federal University of Pampa, Rio Grande do Sul, 4Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center, Adventist University, 5Respiratory Diseases, Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center, Federal University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil Abstract: Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD fall frequently, although the risk of falls may seem less important than the respiratory consequences of the disease. Nevertheless, falls are associated to increased mortality, decreased independence and physical activity levels, and worsening of quality of life. The aims of this systematic review was to evaluate information in the literature with regard to whether impaired postural control is more prevalent in COPD patients than in healthy age-matched subjects, and to assess the main characteristics these patients present that contribute to impaired postural control.Methods: Five databases were searched with no dates or language limits. The MEDLINE, PubMed, EMBASE, Web of Science, and PEDro databases were searched using “balance”, “postural control”, and “COPD” as keywords. The search strategies were oriented and guided by a health science librarian and were performed on March 27, 2014. The studies included were those that evaluated postural control in COPD patients as their main outcome and scored more than five points on the PEDro scale. Studies supplied by the database search strategy were assessed independently by two blinded researchers.Results: A total of 484 manuscripts were found using the “balance in COPD or postural control in COPD” keywords. Forty-three manuscripts appeared more than once, and 397 did not evaluate postural control in COPD patients as the primary outcome. Thus, only 14 studies had postural control as their primary outcome. Our study

  16. Avaliação postural da coluna lombar, dos membros inferiores, e análise da força reação do solo em adolescentes usuárias de calçados de salto alto

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    Patricia Angelica de Oliveira Pezzan

    2009-01-01

    Durante a infância e a adolescência, ocorrem várias mudanças posturais, em função dos ajustes necessários para a estruturação e definição da postura. A postura sofre mudanças por causa da influência hormonal que ocorre com o início da puberdade e com o crescimento musculoesquelético. Sendo assim, as fases pré puberal e puberal, são cruciais para o desenvolvimento de uma boa postura. Além disso, alterações de sobrecarga durante esta fase, podem interferi no desempenho do aparelho locomotor. De...

  17. Effect of Seated Trunk Posture on Eye Blink Startle and Subjective Experience: Comparing Flexion, Neutral Upright Posture, and Extension of Spine

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    Postures are known to be able to affect emotion and motivation. Much less is known about whether (affective) modulation of eye blink startle occurs following specific postures. The objective of the current study was to explore this. Participants in the present study were requested to assume three different sitting postures: with the spine flexed (slouched), neutral upright, and extended. Each posture was assumed for four minutes, and was followed by the administration of brief self-report que...

  18. Postural control deficits identify lingering post-concussion neurological deficits

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    Thomas A. Buckley; Jessie R. Oldham; Jaclyn B. Caccese

    2016-01-01

    Concussion, or mild traumatic brain injury, incidence rates have reached epidemic levels and impaired postural control is a cardinal symptom. The purpose of this review is to provide an overview of the linear and non-linear assessments of post-concussion postural control. The current acute evaluation for concussion utilizes the subjective balance error scoring system (BESS) to assess postural control. While the sensitivity of the overall test battery is high, the sensitivity of the BESS is unacceptably low and, with repeat administration, is unable to accurately identify recovery. Sophisticated measures of postural control, utilizing traditional linear assessments, have identified impairments in postural control well beyond BESS recovery. Both assessments of quiet stance and gait have identified lingering impairments for at least 1 month post-concussion. Recently, the application of non-linear metrics to concussion recovery have begun to receive limited attention with the most commonly utilized metric being approximate entropy (ApEn). ApEn, most commonly in the medial-lateral plane, has successfully identified impaired postural control in the acute post-concussion timeframe even when linear assessments of instrumented measures are equivalent to healthy pre-injury values;unfortunately these studies have not gone beyond the acute phase of recovery. One study has identified lingering deficits in postural control, utilizing Shannon and Renyi entropy metrics, which persist at least through clinical recovery and return to participation. Finally, limited evidence from two studies suggest that individuals with a previous history of a single concussion, even months or years prior, may display altered ApEn metrics. Overall, non-linear metrics provide a fertile area for future study to further the understanding of postural control impairments acutely post-concussion and address the current challenge of sensitive identification of recovery.

  19. Tratamiento postural y respiración en el linfedema

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    Cebrià Iranzo, M. Àngels

    2010-01-01

    El postural en declive representa el medio más sencillo de reducir la presión venolinfática, favoreciendo así la reabsorción y el trasporte del líquido intersticial. Además, es el postural indicado para la aplicación de otras medidas de tratamiento como las respiraciones o el drenaje linfático manual.

  20. Real-time posture reconstruction for Microsoft Kinect.

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    Shum, Hubert P H; Ho, Edmond S L; Jiang, Yang; Takagi, Shu

    2013-10-01

    The recent advancement of motion recognition using Microsoft Kinect stimulates many new ideas in motion capture and virtual reality applications. Utilizing a pattern recognition algorithm, Kinect can determine the positions of different body parts from the user. However, due to the use of a single-depth camera, recognition accuracy drops significantly when the parts are occluded. This hugely limits the usability of applications that involve interaction with external objects, such as sport training or exercising systems. The problem becomes more critical when Kinect incorrectly perceives body parts. This is because applications have limited information about the recognition correctness, and using those parts to synthesize body postures would result in serious visual artifacts. In this paper, we propose a new method to reconstruct valid movement from incomplete and noisy postures captured by Kinect. We first design a set of measurements that objectively evaluates the degree of reliability on each tracked body part. By incorporating the reliability estimation into a motion database query during run time, we obtain a set of similar postures that are kinematically valid. These postures are used to construct a latent space, which is known as the natural posture space in our system, with local principle component analysis. We finally apply frame-based optimization in the space to synthesize a new posture that closely resembles the true user posture while satisfying kinematic constraints. Experimental results show that our method can significantly improve the quality of the recognized posture under severely occluded environments, such as a person exercising with a basketball or moving in a small room.

  1. Using Posture Estimation to Enhance Personal Inertial Tracking

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    2016-06-01

    for additional posture states. Additional states include sidestepping, jumping, climbing stairs , and separating standing from walking. These...double integration of acceleration data [3]. The benefit to using this approach is that it is self-contained, cost effective, and low weight when compared...body to accomplish the task of posture tracking, which increases the cost and weight of the system. To the extent possible, both cost and weight

  2. Monitoring the prevalence of postural changes in schoolchildren

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    Nichele da Rosa, Bruna; Noll, Matias; Sedrez, Juliana Adami; Furlanetto, Tassia Silveira; Candotti, Claudia Tarrago

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    [Purpose] The aim of this study was to identify whether postural changes are prevalent with advancing age using a photogrammetric method performing one-year follow-up study. [Subjects and Methods] Thirty-eight schoolchildren were evaluated in 2011 and 2012 in this cohort study. The subjects underwent a postural evaluation, which involved palpation of reference anatomic points, placement of reflexive markers over the anatomic points, image acquisition, and point digitalization using the Digita...

  3. Association between temporomandibular disorders and abnormal head postures

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    Evandro Francisco FAULIN

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study examines the possible correlation between the prevalence of temporomandibular disorders (TMD and different head postures in the frontal and sagittal planes using photographs of undergraduate students in the School of Dentistry at the Universidade de Brasília - UnB, Brazil. In this nonrandomized, cross-sectional study, the diagnoses of TMD were made with the Research Diagnostic Criteria (RDC/TMD axis I. The craniovertebral angle was used to evaluate forward head posture in the sagittal plane, and the interpupillary line was used to measure head tilt in the frontal plane. The measurements to evaluate head posture were made using the Software for the Assessment of Posture (SAPO. Students were divided into two study groups, based on the presence or absence of TMD. The study group comprised 46 students and the control group comprised 80 students. Data about head posture and TMD were analyzed with the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences, version 13. Most cases of TMD were classified as degenerative processes (group III, followed by disk displacement (group II and muscle disorders (group I. There was no sex predominance for the type of disorder. No association was found between prevalence rates for head postures in the frontal plane and the occurrence of TMD. The same result was found for the association of TMD diagnosis with craniovertebral angle among men and women, and the group that contained both men and women. Abnormal head postures were common among individuals both with and without TMD. No association was found between head posture evaluated in the frontal and sagittal planes and TMD diagnosis with the use of RDC/TMD.

  4. Tratamiento postural y respiración en el linfedema

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    Cebrià Iranzo, M. Àngels

    2010-01-01

    El postural en declive representa el medio más sencillo de reducir la presión venolinfática, favoreciendo así la reabsorción y el trasporte del líquido intersticial. Además, es el postural indicado para la aplicación de otras medidas de tratamiento como las respiraciones o el drenaje linfático manual.

  5. Objective Markers of Postural Instability in Parkinson’s Disease

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    2005-11-01

    anterior-posterior (AP) and medio -lateral (ML) center-of-pressure (COP) time series from the force platform recordings. Procedure. Within-subjects...posterior (AP) and medio -lateral (ML) COP time series (measures of postural sway variability) and COP path length (a measure of the amount of...dynamics of posture and orientation . In: Newell KM, Corcos D (eds) Variability and motor control. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL, pp 317-357 Riley MA

  6. Spinal curvature and characteristics of postural change in pregnant women.

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    Okanishi, Natsuko; Kito, Nobuhiro; Akiyama, Mitoshi; Yamamoto, Masako

    2012-07-01

    Pregnant women often report complaints due to physiological and postural changes. Postural changes during pregnancy may cause low back pain and pelvic girdle pain. This study aimed to compare the characteristics of postural changes in pregnant compared with non-pregnant women. Prospective case-control study. Pregnancy care center. Fifteen women at 17-34 weeks pregnancy comprised the study group, while 10 non-pregnant female volunteers comprised the control group. Standing posture was evaluated in the sagittal plane with static digital pictures. Two angles were measured by image analysis software: (1) between the trunk and pelvis; and (2) between the trunk and lower extremity. Spinal curvature was measured with Spinal Mouse® to calculate the means of sacral inclination, thoracic and lumbar curvature and inclination. The principal components were calculated until eigenvalues surpassed 1. Three distinct factors with eigenvalues of 1.00-2.49 were identified, consistent with lumbosacral spinal curvature and inclination, thoracic spine curvature, and inclination of the body. These factors accounted for 77.2% of the total variance in posture variables. Eleven pregnant women showed postural characteristics of lumbar kyphosis and sacral posterior inclination. Body inclination showed a variety of patterns compared with those in healthy women. Spinal curvature demonstrated a tendency for lumbar kyphosis in pregnant women. Pregnancy may cause changes in spinal curvature and posture, which may in turn lead to relevant symptoms. Our data provide a basis for investigating the effects of spinal curvature and postural changes on symptoms during pregnancy. © 2012 The Authors Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica© 2012 Nordic Federation of Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

  7. FATIGUE AND FAULTY POSTURE CONNECTION AMONG CHILDREN, DIAGNOSED WITH DYSARTHRIA

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    Purpose : To analyze spastic dysarthria form in children population dependency of fatigue and faulty posture relationship. Methods: Research performed with the permission of the bioethics committee (RE-BK-063). The Dutch Fatigue Scale (DUFS). Posture in standing was assessed by Hoeger and Kendall. Research subjects n=40. n=20 children diagnosed with spastic dysarthria and n=20 of children without dysarthria. Their age was 10±2.1years. Boys were n=20 and girls - n=20.Results were statistically...

  8. The effect of aging on anticipatory postural control

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    Kanekar, Neeta; Aruin, Alexander S.

    2014-01-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate the differences in anticipatory (APAs) postural adjustments between young and older adults and its effect on subsequent control of posture. Ten healthy older adults and thirteen healthy young adults were exposed to predictable external perturbations using the pendulum-impact paradigm. EMG activity of the trunk and leg muscles, the center of pressure (COP), and center of mass (COM) displacements in the anterior-posterior (AP) direction were recorded and ...

  9. Task, muscle and frequency dependent vestibular control of posture

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    Patrick A Forbes; Gunter P Siegmund; Schouten, Alfred C.; Jean-Sébastien eBlouin

    2015-01-01

    The vestibular system is crucial for postural control; however there are considerable differences in the task dependence and frequency response of vestibular reflexes in appendicular and axial muscles. For example, vestibular reflexes are only evoked in appendicular muscles when vestibular information is relevant to postural control, while in neck muscles they are maintained regardless of the requirement to maintain head on trunk balance. Recent investigations have also shown that the bandwid...

  10. Progression of postural changes in Parkinson's disease: quantitative assessment.

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    Khlebtovsky, Alexander; Djaldetti, Ruth; Rodity, Yaniv; Keret, Ofir; Tsvetov, Gloria; Slutzcki-Shraga, Ilana; Benninger, Felix

    2017-02-02

    Previous studies of posture in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients focused on the pathophysiology of severe deformities, using mainly subjective estimations or goniometric measures. The aim of this study was to investigate risk factors associated with flexed posture in PD and their effects on the course of posture variations. One hundred-ninety patients with definite PD were prospectively evaluated for angles of spinal inclination in upright position, extension, and flexion using a mechanical computer-assisted, hand-held device (SpinalMouse). Patients underwent clinical examination, including background data and bone mineral density. Motor function was evaluated with the UPDRS, and back pain with the RMDQ. Physical activity data were collected by self-report. Postural measurements were repeated after 10-17 months. Angle of upright inclination correlated with age (p = 0.0004), older age at disease onset (p = 0.0085), longer disease duration (p = 0.003), higher UPDRS motor and posture score (p = 0.0005 and 0.0001), the presence of back-pain (p = 0.0097), and osteoporosis (p = 0.027). There was no correlation between upright angle of inclination and gender, disease type, or side of disease onset. Re-evaluation of posture in 124 patients at 13.77 ± 4.4 months after the initial evaluation showed significant deterioration in forward bending (p physical activity (p = 0.0327). Older age, disease severity and duration, presence of back-pain and osteoporosis are associated with postural abnormalities in PD. Physical activity might slow the worsening of postural abnormalities in PD.

  11. Postural status of preschool children in Novi Sad

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A survey was conducted in Novi Sad in the preschool institutions of 'Radosno detinjstvo' on a sample of 423 preschool children of both sexes, ages 6 and 7. The subject of this paper are postural disorders on the spinal column in the sagittal and frontal planes, as well as foot deformities. The aim of the research is to determine the frequency of disorder of postural status of the spine (kyphosis, lordosis and scoliosis and deviation from the normal status of the foot, and the analysis of the differences between boys and girls. Assessment of the postural status of the feet was performed by means of using the Pedikom computer system for digital computerised pedography. Assessment of spine postural status was done by means of SpineScan portable device. Data were analysed according to the frequency for the assessment of spinal status, the status of the foot, all according gender. Significance of the gender-conditioned differences was determined by the Chi-square test. The results indicate that in the examined population, the most common posture is lordotic bad posture, 41.31% with male examinees and 36.66% with female examinees. A statistically significant difference in relation to sexual dimorphism was found for the parameter of scoliotic bad posture (Sig. = 0.008. In terms of deviation from the normal status of the feet, in the examined population, pronating foot level I accounts for 43.23%, pronating foot level II accounts for 16.66% and high-arched foot accounts for 10.16%. Quantitative results indicate the need for corrective gymnastic to correct but also prevent postural deformities by introducing of the same as an everyday directed activity of preschool population.

  12. Otolith and Vertical Canal Contributions to Dynamic Postural Control

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    Black, F. Owen

    1999-01-01

    The objective of this project is to determine: 1) how do normal subjects adjust postural movements in response to changing or altered otolith input, for example, due to aging? and 2) how do patients adapt postural control after altered unilateral or bilateral vestibular sensory inputs such as ablative inner ear surgery or ototoxicity, respectively? The following hypotheses are under investigation: 1) selective alteration of otolith input or abnormalities of otolith receptor function will result in distinctive spatial, frequency, and temporal patterns of head movements and body postural sway dynamics. 2) subjects with reduced, altered, or absent vertical semicircular canal receptor sensitivity but normal otolith receptor function or vice versa, should show predictable alterations of body and head movement strategies essential for the control of postural sway and movement. The effect of altered postural movement control upon compensation and/or adaptation will be determined. These experiments provide data for the development of computational models of postural control in normals, vestibular deficient subjects and normal humans exposed to unusual force environments, including orbital space flight.

  13. Postural reactions to neck vibration in Parkinson's disease.

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    Valkovic, Peter; Krafczyk, Siegbert; Saling, Marian; Benetin, Ján; Bötzel, Kai

    2006-01-01

    To test the hypothesis that reduced reactions to proprioceptive input signals contribute to postural instability in Parkinson's disease (PD), pulses of mechanical vibration were applied to the neck muscles of PD patients and healthy controls. This stimulus elicits postural reactions in standing subjects. Participating were 13 moderately affected PD patients, 13 severely affected PD patients, and 13 age-matched healthy subjects. Patients were tested on and off medication. Three-second-long pulses of vibration were regularly (10 times) applied to the posterior neck muscles while subjects kept their eyes open or closed. Postural responses to the stimuli were measured by static posturography. No intergroup difference in the pattern and latencies of responses was found. However, the amplitudes of the postural reactions (shift of center of foot pressure) were significantly larger in advanced PD patients; those of moderately affected PD patients did not differ from those of control subjects. Moreover, the size of postural responses in both latter groups decreased across the trial contrary to that of advanced PD patients. Comparison of the measures during on and off testing revealed no significant differences. These results indicate that neither afferent proprioceptive deficits nor central integrative functions but rather scaling and habituation of erroneous proprioceptive information are disturbed in the postural control of advanced PD. Nondopaminergic structures seem to be responsible for this impairment.

  14. Postural control in nurses with and without low back pain.

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    Ratzon, Navah Z; Froom, Paul

    2006-01-01

    Low back pain (LBP) is common in nurses, but it is unclear if the pain is associated with measurements of postural control. Objective measurements of function might be useful in the evaluation of patients with LBP in order to evaluate and predict disability, and in the study of the pathophysiology of chronic LBP. In a cross-sectional study, we measured the number of postural adjustments, and degree of posterior-lateral sway in 81 nurses, using a computerized postural sway four-platter measurement system. There were 41 (56.6%) nurses who complained of LBP at the time of testing, and another 12 (14.8%) with a past history of LBP. Nurses with LBP consistently used more postural adjustments to keep their balance (ppain. LBP was not significantly associated with the degree of lateral sway. Nurses either with present or a past history of LBP use an increased number of postural adjustments to maintain balance. Studies are warranted to determine if postural testing can predict the development of LBP or aid in determining appropriate preventive measures.

  15. Acute changes in postural control after soccer heading.

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    Haran, F J; Tierney, R; Wright, W G; Keshner, E; Silter, M

    2013-04-01

    This study intended to determine if an acute bout of soccer heading alters postural control and pronounced self-reported symptoms of cerebral concussion. Collegiate soccer players were randomly assigned to one of 2 groups. Each participant completed a baseline postural control assessment prior to heading. Participants either simulated (control group; CG) or performed (experimental group; EG) 10 headers at 11.2 m/s in 10 min. The postural assessment was repeated post heading at hrs 1, 24, and 48. The postural control parameter assessed was the root mean square (RMS) of the center of mass (COM). COM RMS were calculated for the anterior-posterior (AP) and medial-lateral (ML) time series. Compared to the CG, for the AP and ML time series COM RMS values were significantly higher in the EG at hr 24 (p heading results in quantifiable alterations in postural control that are detectable 24 h post heading and dissipate within an additional 24 h. The significant findings may be due to the dynamic postural control assessment that incorporated robust discordant environmental conditions. © Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York.

  16. The relationship of postural body stability and severity of malocclusion

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    Prasanna Arumugam

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    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the relationship between postural body stability (static and dynamic and malocclusions of varying severity and to find whether different skeletal patterns showed variation in postural body stability. Materials and Methods: Seventy-five subjects were divided into three groups based on case complexity using ABO discrepancy index. Group A consisted of 25 subjects restricted to Class I skeletal base and an ABO score ≤10; Group B consisted of 25 subjects with either Class II or III skeletal base and an ABO score of 11-25; Group C consisted of 25 subjects with either Class II or III skeletal base and an ABO score >25. Postural body stability in both static and dynamic equilibrium was recorded using a computerized dynamic posturography. The average values were obtained for the scores obtained in each group and the data obtained wes subjected to statistical analysis using one-way analysis of variance and post hoc Tukey′s test. A P ≤ 0.05 was considered significant. Results: In both static and dynamic conditions, postural body stability was inversely proportional to the severity of malocclusion. The assessment of the overall body score showed that subjects in Group A and Group B had acceptable postural stability and only subjects with Group C showed statistically significant lack of postural stability. Conclusions: Our study showed that patients with malocclusion showed decreased stability and increased sway with increasing severity of malocclusion.

  17. The relationship between the stomatognathic system and body posture

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    Antonino Cuccia

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, many researchers have investigated the various factors that can influence body posture: mood states, anxiety, head and neck positions, oral functions (respiration, swallowing, oculomotor and visual systems, and the inner ear. Recent studies indicate a role for trigeminal afferents on body posture, but this has not yet been demonstrated conclusively. The present study aims to review the papers that have shown a relationship between the stomatognathic system and body posture. These studies suggest that tension in the stomatognathic system can contribute to impaired neural control of posture. Numerous anatomical connections between the stomatognathic system's proprioceptive inputs and nervous structures are implicated in posture (cerebellum, vestibular and oculomotor nuclei, superior colliculus. If the proprioceptive information of the stomatognathic system is inaccurate, then head control and body position may be affected. In addition, the present review discusses the role the myofascial system plays in posture. If confirmed by further research, these considerations can improve our understanding and treatment of muscular-skeletal disorders that are associated with temporomandibular joint disorders, occlusal changes, and tooth loss.

  18. Postural changes in dental hygienists. Four-year longitudinal study.

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    Barry, R M; Woodall, W R; Mahan, J M

    1992-01-01

    Numerous surveys identify the occurrence of musculoskeletal complaints as a concern in dentistry. However, no longitudinal data exist to indicate whether postural changes occur as a result of practicing dental hygiene. The purpose of this preliminary, four-year longitudinal study was to investigate whether any postural changes developed during the hygienists' clinical education and/or during subsequent dental hygiene practice after one and/or two years. It was anticipated that the awkward positions and intense physical demands placed on hygienists might initiate musculoskeletal problems, but that no postural changes would occur over this short period of time. Nine of 10 dental hygienists in the graduating class of 1987 were surveyed for existing musculoskeletal complaints, and the subjects were photographed for a measurement of postural change. Responses from participants indicated an increase in musculoskeletal-related complaints in each of the six areas investigated. The photographic findings indicated that one of the nine hygienists showed an increase in forward head posture, a postural change.

  19. Posture and low back pain during pregnancy - 3D study.

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    Glinkowski, Wojciech M; Tomasik, Paweł; Walesiak, Katarzyna; Głuszak, Michał; Krawczak, Karolina; Michoński, Jakub; Czyżewska, Anna; Żukowska, Agnieszka; Sitnik, Robert; Wielgoś, Mirosław

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    Back pain is a common complaint of pregnant women. The posture, curvatures of the spine and the center of gravity changes are considered as the mechanisms leading to pain. The study aimed to assess spinal curvatures and static postural characteristics with three-dimensional surface topography and search for relationships with the occurrence of back pain complaints among pregnant women. The study was conducted from December 2012 to February 2014. Patients referred from University Clinic of Gynecology and Obstetrics were examined outpatient at the Posture Study Unit of Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology. Sixty-five women at 4-39 weeks of pregnancy were assessed and surveyed with Oswestry Disability Index; posture was evaluated using surface topography. The study confirmed that difficulties in sitting and standing are significant in the third trimester of the pregnancy. The overall tendency for significant lumbar curvature changes in pregnant women was not confirmed. Major changes in sagittal trunk inclination in relation to the plumb line were not observed in the study group. The issue regarding how the pregnancy causes changes in spinal curvature and posture remains open for further studies. Presented method of 3D surface topography can reveal postural changes, but that requires several exams of each subject and strict follow-up of the series of cases.

  20. The relationship between the stomatognathic system and body posture.

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    Cuccia, Antonino; Caradonna, Carola

    2009-01-01

    In recent years, many researchers have investigated the various factors that can influence body posture: mood states, anxiety, head and neck positions, oral functions (respiration, swallowing), oculomotor and visual systems, and the inner ear. Recent studies indicate a role for trigeminal afferents on body posture, but this has not yet been demonstrated conclusively. The present study aims to review the papers that have shown a relationship between the stomatognathic system and body posture. These studies suggest that tension in the stomatognathic system can contribute to impaired neural control of posture. Numerous anatomical connections between the stomatognathic system's proprioceptive inputs and nervous structures are implicated in posture (cerebellum, vestibular and oculomotor nuclei, superior colliculus). If the proprioceptive information of the stomatognathic system is inaccurate, then head control and body position may be affected. In addition, the present review discusses the role the myofascial system plays in posture. If confirmed by further research, these considerations can improve our understanding and treatment of muscular-skeletal disorders that are associated with temporomandibular joint disorders, occlusal changes, and tooth loss.

  1. "Postural first" principle when balance is challenged in elderly people.

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    Lion, Alexis; Spada, Rosario S; Bosser, Gilles; Gauchard, Gérome C; Anello, Guido; Bosco, Paolo; Calabrese, Santa; Iero, Antonella; Stella, Giuseppe; Elia, Maurizio; Perrin, Philippe P

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    Human cognitive processing limits can lead to difficulties in performing two tasks simultaneously. This study aimed to evaluate the effect of cognitive load on both simple and complex postural tasks. Postural control was evaluated in 128 noninstitutionalized elderly people (mean age = 73.6 ± 5.6 years) using a force platform on a firm support in control condition (CC) and mental counting condition (MCC) with eyes open (EO) and eyes closed (EC). Then, the same tests were performed on a foam support. Sway path traveled and area covered by the center of foot pressure were recorded, low values indicating efficient balance. On firm support, sway path was higher in MCC than in CC both in EO and EC conditions (p balance control in a simple postural task (i.e. on firm support), which is highlighted by an increase of energetic expenditure (i.e. increase of the sway path covered) to balance. Awareness may not be increased and the attentional demand may be shared between balance and mental task. Conversely, cognitive load does not perturb the realization of a new complex postural task. This result showed that postural control is prioritized ("postural first" principle) when seriously challenged.

  2. Relationship between static foot posture and foot mobility

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    McPoil Thomas G

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background It is not uncommon for a person's foot posture and/or mobility to be assessed during a clinical examination. The exact relationship, however, between static posture and mobility is not known. Objective The purpose of this study was to determine the degree of association between static foot posture and mobility. Method The static foot posture and foot mobility of 203 healthy individuals was assessed and then analyzed to determine if low arched or "pronated" feet are more mobile than high arched or "supinated" feet. Results The study demonstrated that those individuals with a lower standing dorsal arch height and/or a wider standing midfoot width had greater mobility in their foot. In addition, those individuals with higher Foot Posture Index (FPI values demonstrated greater mobility and those with lower FPI values demonstrated less mobility. Finally, the amount of foot mobility that an individual has can be predicted reasonably well using either a 3 or 4 variable linear regression model. Conclusions Because of the relationship between static foot posture and mobility, it is recommended that both be assessed as part of a comprehensive evaluation of a individual with foot problems.

  3. "Stand up straight": notes toward a history of posture.

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    Gilman, Sander L

    2014-03-01

    The essay presents a set of interlinked claims about posture in modern culture. Over the past two centuries it has come to define a wide range of assumptions in the West from what makes human beings human (from Lamarck to Darwin and beyond) to the efficacy of the body in warfare (from Dutch drill manuals in the 17th century to German military medical studies of soldiers in the 19th century). Dance and sport both are forms of posture training in terms of their own claims. Posture separates 'primitive' from 'advanced' peoples and the 'ill' from the 'healthy.' Indeed an entire medical sub-specialty developed in which gymnastics defined and recuperated the body. But all of these claims were also part of a Western attempt to use posture (and the means of altering it) as the litmus test for the healthy modern body of the perfect citizen. Focusing on the centrality of posture in two oddly linked moments of modern thought--modern Zionist thought and Nationalism in early 20th century China--in terms of bodily reform, we show how "posture" brings all of the earlier debates together to reform the body.

  4. FATIGUE AND FAULTY POSTURE CONNECTION AMONG CHILDREN, DIAGNOSED WITH DYSARTHRIA

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    Andrejeva Julija

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    Full Text Available Purpose : To analyze spastic dysarthria form in children population dependency of fatigue and faulty posture relationship. Methods: Research performed with the permission of the bioethics committee (RE-BK-063. The Dutch Fatigue Scale (DUFS. Posture in standing was assessed by Hoeger and Kendall. Research subjects n=40. n=20 children diagnosed with spastic dysarthria and n=20 of children without dysarthria. Their age was 10±2.1years. Boys were n=20 and girls - n=20.Results were statistically significant at p<0.05. Microsoft Office 2013, Excel package were used to count a research results. Results: For children with dysarthria fatigue level is more significant that for children without dysarthria; results were statistically significant, p<0.05. Posture disorder for children with dysarthria was statistically significant higher than among children without dysarthria, p<0.05. Conclusions: For children with dysarthria fatigue level is higher than for healthy children, thus for the girls fatigue level is higher than for the boys. Spastic form dysarthria has an impact to a child posture, by creating a direct dependency between posture deformation and skeletal muscle system disease, which decreases muscle power and increasing fatigue for a child. To correct faulty posture thus to decrease fatigue the tight collaboration needed between rehabilitation team members.

  5. Pharmacokinetics of pyridostigmine in a child with postural tachycardia syndrome.

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    Filler, Guido; Gow, Robert M; Nadarajah, Renisha; Jacob, Pierre; Johnson, Gillian; Zhang, Yan-Ling; Christians, Uwe

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    Pyridostigmine has been proposed for the treatment of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome in adults at a dose of 60 mg twice daily, but no dosing recommendation exists for children. With the approval of our local ethics board, we tested the pharmacokinetics of pyridostigmine in 6 children with myasthenia and a pediatric index patient with severe postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome whose condition failed all conventional therapy and who had developed significant postural hypertension. Pyridostigmine was quantified by using a validated, semiautomated, and specific high-performance liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry assay in combination with online column-switching extraction and turbo electrospray ionization. The patient with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome showed a dose-dependent favorable response to oral pyridostigmine. Pharmacokinetic evaluation revealed a short half-life of 2.29 hours, similar to the 2.0 +/- 0.63 hours in the patients with myasthenia. The patient with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome has subsequently been treated at a dose of 45 mg in the morning, 30 mg at lunchtime, and 15 mg at bedtime; after 9 months, there has been persistent positive effect and without additional blood pressure medication. No major adverse effects occurred. Pyridostigmine has been a safe and effective treatment modality for this child with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome. The short half-life suggests that dosing 3 times per day is preferable.

  6. Postural control in strabismic children: importance of proprioceptive information

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    Cynthia eLIONS

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveTo examine the effect of proprioceptive information during postural control in strabismic children.MethodsPostural stability was recorded with a platform (Techno Concept® in twelve strabismic children aged from 4.9 to 10 years and data were compared to that of twelve control age-matched children. Two postural positions were performed: Romberg and Tandem. Two postural conditions: without and with foam pad. We analyzed the surface area, the length, the mean speed of the center of pressure (CoP and the effect of proprioceptive information. ResultsStrabismic children are more instable than control age-matched children. The surface, the length and the mean speed of CoP are significantly higher in strabismic children than in control age-matched children. Both groups are more instable in Tandem position than in Romberg position. Finally, strabismic children use more proprioceptive information than control age-matched children. ConclusionFor both Romberg and Tandem position, strabismic children are more instable than control age-matched children. Strabismic children use proprioceptive information more than control age-matched children to control their posture.SignificanceProprioceptive inputs are important for control posture particularly for strabismic population.

  7. Subjective visual vertical and postural capability in children born prematurely.

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    Maria Pia Bucci

    Full Text Available We compared postural stability and subjective visual vertical performance in a group of very preterm-born children aged 3-4 years and in a group of age-matched full-term children.A platform (from TechnoConcept was used to measure postural control in children. Perception of subjective visual vertical was also recorded with posture while the child had to adjust the vertical in the dark or with visual perturbation. Two other conditions (control conditions were also recorded while the child was on the platform: for a fixation of the vertical bar, and in eyes closed condition.Postural performance was poor in preterm-born children compared to that of age-matched full-term children: the surface area, the length in medio-lateral direction and the mean speed of the center of pressure (CoP were significantly larger in the preterm-born children group (p < 0.04, p < 0.01, and p < 0.04, respectively. Dual task in both groups of children significantly affected postural control. The subjective visual vertical (SVV values were more variable and less precise in preterm-born children.We suggest that poor postural control as well as perception of verticality observed in preterm-born children could be due to immaturity of the cortical processes involved in the motor control and in the treatment of perception and orientation of verticality.

  8. The effect of aging on anticipatory postural control.

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    Kanekar, Neeta; Aruin, Alexander S

    2014-04-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate the differences in anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs) between young and older adults and its effect on subsequent control of posture. Ten healthy older adults and thirteen healthy young adults were exposed to predictable external perturbations using the pendulum impact paradigm. Electromyographic activity of the trunk and leg muscles, the center of pressure (COP), and center of mass (COM) displacements in the anterior-posterior direction were recorded and analyzed during the anticipatory and compensatory postural adjustments (CPAs) phases of postural control. The effect of aging was seen as delayed anticipatory muscle activity and larger compensatory muscle responses in older adults as compared to young adults. Moreover, in spite of such larger reactive responses, older adults were still more unstable, exhibiting larger COP and COM peak displacements after the perturbation than young adults when exposed to similar postural disturbances. Nonetheless, while APAs are impaired in older adults, the ability to recruit muscles anticipatorily is largely preserved; however, due to their smaller magnitudes and delayed onsets, it is likely that their effectiveness in reducing the magnitude of CPAs is smaller. The outcome of the study lends support toward investigating the ways of improving anticipatory postural control in people with balance impairments due to aging or neurological disorders.

  9. Effects of Levodopa on Postural Strategies in Parkinson's disease.

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    Baston, Chiara; Mancini, Martina; Rocchi, Laura; Horak, Fay

    2016-05-01

    Altered postural control and balance are major disabling issues of Parkinson's disease (PD). Static and dynamic posturography have provided insight into PD's postural deficits; however, little is known about impairments in postural coordination. We hypothesized that subjects with PD would show more ankle strategy during quiet stance than healthy control subjects, who would include some hip strategy, and this stiffer postural strategy would increase with disease progression. We quantified postural strategy and sway dispersion with inertial sensors (one placed on the shank and one on the posterior trunk at L5 level) while subjects were standing still with their eyes open. A total of 70 subjects with PD, including a mild group (H&Y≤2, N=33) and a more severe group (H&Y≥3, N=37), were assessed while OFF and while ON levodopa medication. We also included a healthy control group (N=21). Results showed an overall preference of ankle strategy in all groups while maintaining balance. Postural strategy was significantly lower ON compared to OFF medication (indicating more hip strategy), but no effect of disease stage was found. Instead, sway dispersion was significantly larger in ON compared to OFF medication, and significantly larger in the more severe PD group compared to the mild. In addition, increased hip strategy during stance was associated with poorer self-perception of balance.

  10. Time changes with the embodiment of another's body posture.

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    Francisco C Nather

    Full Text Available The aim of the present study was to investigate whether the perception of presentation durations of pictures of different body postures was distorted as function of the embodied movement that originally produced these postures. Participants were presented with two pictures, one with a low-arousal body posture judged to require no movement and the other with a high-arousal body posture judged to require considerable movement. In a temporal bisection task with two ranges of standard durations (0.4/1.6 s and 2/8 s, the participants had to judge whether the presentation duration of each of the pictures was more similar to the short or to the long standard duration. The results showed that the duration was judged longer for the posture requiring more movement than for the posture requiring less movement. However the magnitude of this overestimation was relatively greater for the range of short durations than for that of longer durations. Further analyses suggest that this lengthening effect was mediated by an arousal effect of limited duration on the speed of the internal clock system.

  11. Lumbar posture and muscular activity while sitting during office work.

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    Mörl, Falk; Bradl, Ingo

    2013-04-01

    Field study, cross-sectional study to measure the posture and sEMG of the lumbar spine during office work for a better understanding of the lumbar spine within such conditions. There is high incidence of low back pain in office workers. Currently there is little information about lumbar posture and the activity of lumbar muscles during extended office work. Thirteen volunteers were examined for around 2h of their normal office work. Typical tasks were documented and synchronised to a portable long term measuring device for sEMG and posture examination. The correlation of lumbar spine posture and sEMG was tested statistically. The majority of time spent in office work was sedentary (82%). Only 5% of the measured time was undertaken in erect body position (standing or walking). The sEMG of the lumbar muscles under investigation was task dependent. A strong relation to lumbar spine posture was found within each task. The more the lumbar spine was flexed, the less there was activation of lumbar muscles (P postures. Because of very low activation of lumbar muscles while sitting, the load is transmitted by passive structures like ligaments and intervertebral discs. Due to the viscoelasticity of passive structures and low activation of lumbar muscles, the lumbar spine may incline into de-conditioning. This may be a reason for low back pain. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. A New Standing Posture Detector to Enable People with Multiple Disabilities to Control Environmental Stimulation by Changing Their Standing Posture through a Commercial Wii Balance Board

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    Shih, Ching-Hsiang; Shih, Ching-Tien; Chiang, Ming-Shan

    2010-01-01

    This study assessed whether two persons with multiple disabilities would be able to control environmental stimulation using body swing (changing standing posture) and a Wii Balance Board with a newly developed standing posture detection program (i.e. a new software program turns a Wii Balance Board into a precise standing posture detector). The…

  13. Postural Stability of Patients with Schizophrenia during Challenging Sensory Conditions: Implication of Sensory Integration for Postural Control.

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    Teng, Ya-Ling; Chen, Chiung-Ling; Lou, Shu-Zon; Wang, Wei-Tsan; Wu, Jui-Yen; Ma, Hui-Ing; Chen, Vincent Chin-Hung

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    Postural dysfunctions are prevalent in patients with schizophrenia and affect their daily life and ability to work. In addition, sensory functions and sensory integration that are crucial for postural control are also compromised. This study intended to examine how patients with schizophrenia coordinate multiple sensory systems to maintain postural stability in dynamic sensory conditions. Twenty-nine patients with schizophrenia and 32 control subjects were recruited. Postural stability of the participants was examined in six sensory conditions of different level of congruency of multiple sensory information, which was based on combinations of correct, removed, or conflicting sensory inputs from visual, somatosensory, and vestibular systems. The excursion of the center of pressure was measured by posturography. Equilibrium scores were derived to indicate the range of anterior-posterior (AP) postural sway, and sensory ratios were calculated to explore ability to use sensory information to maintain balance. The overall AP postural sway was significantly larger for patients with schizophrenia compared to the controls [patients (69.62±8.99); controls (76.53±7.47); t1,59 = -3.28, ppostural sway was significantly larger for patients compared to the controls in conditions containing unreliable somatosensory information either with visual deprivation or with conflicting visual information. Sensory ratios were not significantly different between groups, although small and non-significant difference in inefficiency to utilize vestibular information was also noted. No significant correlations were found between postural stability and clinical characteristics. To sum up, patients with schizophrenia showed increased postural sway and a higher rate of falls during challenging sensory conditions, which was independent of clinical characteristics. Patients further demonstrated similar pattern and level of utilizing sensory information to maintain balance compared to the controls.

  14. Effects of disease severity and medication state on postural control asymmetry during challenging postural tasks in individuals with Parkinson's disease.

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    Barbieri, Fabio A; Polastri, Paula F; Baptista, André M; Lirani-Silva, Ellen; Simieli, Lucas; Orcioli-Silva, Diego; Beretta, Victor S; Gobbi, Lilian T B

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    The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of disease severity and medication state on postural control asymmetry during challenging tasks in individuals with Parkinson's disease (PD). Nineteen people with PD and 11 neurologically healthy individuals performed three standing task conditions: bipedal standing, tandem and unipedal adapted standing; the individuals with PD performed the tasks in ON and OFF medication state. The participants with PD were distributed into 2 groups according to disease severity: unilateral group (n=8) and bilateral group (n=11). The two PD groups performed the evaluations both under and without the medication. Two force plates were used to analyze the posture. The symmetric index was calculated for various of center of pressure. ANOVA one-way (groups) and two-way (PD groups×medication), with repeated measures for medication, were calculated. For main effects of group, the bilateral group was more asymmetric than CG. For main effects of medication, only unipedal adapted standing presented effects of PD medication. There was PD groups×medication interaction. Under the effects of medication, the unilateral group presented lower asymmetry of RMS in anterior-posterior direction and area than the bilateral group in unipedal adapted standing. In addition, the unilateral group presented lower asymmetry of mean velocity, RMS in anterior-posterior direction and area in unipedal standing and area in tandem adapted standing after a medication dose. Postural control asymmetry during challenging postural tasks was dependent on disease severity and medication state in people with PD. The bilateral group presented higher postural control asymmetry than the control and unilateral groups in challenging postural tasks. Finally, the medication dose was able to reduce postural control asymmetry in the unilateral group during challenging postural tasks.

  15. Two aspects of feedforward postural control: anticipatory postural adjustments and anticipatory synergy adjustments.

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    Klous, Miriam; Mikulic, Pavle; Latash, Mark L

    2011-05-01

    We used the framework of the uncontrolled manifold hypothesis to explore the relations between anticipatory synergy adjustments (ASAs) and anticipatory postural adjustments (APAs) during feedforward control of vertical posture. ASAs represent a drop in the index of a multimuscle-mode synergy stabilizing the coordinate of the center of pressure in preparation to an action. ASAs reflect early changes of an index of covariation among variables reflecting muscle activation, whereas APAs reflect early changes in muscle activation levels averaged across trials. The assumed purpose of ASAs is to modify stability of performance variables, whereas the purpose of APAs is to change magnitudes of those variables. We hypothesized that ASAs would be seen before APAs and that this finding would be consistent with regard to the muscle-mode composition defined on the basis of different tasks and phases of action. Subjects performed a voluntary body sway task and a quick, bilateral shoulder flexion task under self-paced and reaction time conditions. Surface muscle activity of 12 leg and trunk muscles was analyzed to identify sets of 4 muscle modes for each task and for different phases within the shoulder flexion task. Variance components in the muscle-mode space and indexes of multimuscle-mode synergy stabilizing shift of the center of pressure were computed. ASAs were seen ∼ 100-150 ms prior to the task initiation, before APAs. The results were consistent with respect to different sets of muscle modes defined over the two tasks and different shoulder flexion phases. We conclude that the preparation for a self-triggered postural perturbation is associated with two types of anticipatory adjustments, ASAs and APAs. They reflect different feedforward processes within the hypothetical hierarchical control scheme, resulting in changes in patterns of covariation of elemental variables and in their patterns averaged across trials, respectively. The results show that synergies quantified

  16. A comparison of three observational techniques for assessing postural loads in industry.

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    Kee, Dohyung; Karwowski, Waldemar

    2007-01-01

    This study aims to compare 3 observational techniques for assessing postural load, namely, OWAS, RULA, and REBA. The comparison was based on the evaluation results generated by the classification techniques using 301 working postures. All postures were sampled from the iron and steel, electronics, automotive, and chemical industries, and a general hospital. While only about 21% of the 301 postures were classified at the action category/level 3 or 4 by both OWAS and REBA, about 56% of the postures were classified into action level 3 or 4 by RULA. The inter-method reliability for postural load category between OWAS and RULA was just 29.2%, and the reliability between RULA and REBA was 48.2%. These results showed that compared to RULA, OWAS, and REBA generally underestimated postural loads for the analyzed postures, irrespective of industry, work type, and whether or not the body postures were in a balanced state.

  17. Teores de cálcio em dietas para codornas japonesas no terço final de postura (45 a 57 semanas de idade Levels of calcium in diets for Japanese quails in the third end of posture (45 - 57 weeks of age

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    Full Text Available Verificou-se o efeito dos teores de cálcio (Ca na dieta sobre o desempenho e a qualidade dos ovos de codornas japonesas durante o terço final do ciclo de produção. Foram utilizadas 350 codornas, com 313 dias de idade, distribuídas em 35 unidades experimentais de 10 aves. O delineamento foi inteiramente ao acaso, composto de cinco níveis de Ca - 2,2; 2,6; 3,0; 3,4; 3,8% -, com sete repetições. O aumento do Ca na dieta melhorou linearmente a conversão por massa e por dúzia de ovos, melhorou a espessura de casca e influenciou o peso da gema e da casca dos ovos, além da porcentagem da casca. Observou-se redução nos teores de P, Ca e Mg na casca com o aumento dos níveis de Ca da dieta. Para os demais parâmetros, não houve efeito do teor de Ca da dieta. Considerando-se a importância da conversão alimentar, em termos econômicos e de desempenho, o teor de 3,8% de Ca na dieta mostrou-se satisfatório em atender às demais variáveis relacionadas com a qualidade dos ovos. Dieta que contenha 3,8% de Ca, correspondendo ao consumo diário de 982mg por ave, melhora a conversão alimentar e a qualidade da casca dos ovos de codornas japonesas no terço final do ciclo de produção (45 a 57 semanas de idade.The effect of calcium (Ca levels in the diet on performance and egg quality of Japanese quail during the final third of the production cycle was evaluated. A total of 350 313-day-old quails was used. They were distributed in 35 experimental units of 10 birds. The design was completely randomized, composed of five levels of Ca (2.2, 2.6, 3.0, 3.4 and 3.8%, with seven replications. The increase of Ca in the diet linearly improved the feed conversion per dozen eggs, improved the shell thickness, and influenced the weight of yolk and egg shell as well the percentage of shell. There was reduction in levels of P, Ca, and Mg in the shell with increasing levels of Ca in the diet. For other parameters, no effect of calcium levels in the diet was

  18. Real-Time Hand Posture Recognition Using a Range Camera

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    Lahamy, Herve

    The basic goal of human computer interaction is to improve the interaction between users and computers by making computers more usable and receptive to the user's needs. Within this context, the use of hand postures in replacement of traditional devices such as keyboards, mice and joysticks is being explored by many researchers. The goal is to interpret human postures via mathematical algorithms. Hand posture recognition has gained popularity in recent years, and could become the future tool for humans to interact with computers or virtual environments. An exhaustive description of the frequently used methods available in literature for hand posture recognition is provided. It focuses on the different types of sensors and data used, the segmentation and tracking methods, the features used to represent the hand postures as well as the classifiers considered in the recognition process. Those methods are usually presented as highly robust with a recognition rate close to 100%. However, a couple of critical points necessary for a successful real-time hand posture recognition system require major improvement. Those points include the features used to represent the hand segment, the number of postures simultaneously recognizable, the invariance of the features with respect to rotation, translation and scale and also the behavior of the classifiers against non-perfect hand segments for example segments including part of the arm or missing part of the palm. A 3D time-of-flight camera named SR4000 has been chosen to develop a new methodology because of its capability to provide in real-time and at high frame rate 3D information on the scene imaged. This sensor has been described and evaluated for its capability for capturing in real-time a moving hand. A new recognition method that uses the 3D information provided by the range camera to recognize hand postures has been proposed. The different steps of this methodology including the segmentation, the tracking, the hand

  19. An investigation of cervical spinal posture in cervicogenic headache.

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    Farmer, Peter K; Snodgrass, Suzanne J; Buxton, Anthony J; Rivett, Darren A

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    Cervicogenic headache (CGH) is defined as headache symptoms originating from the cervical spine. Cervical dysfunction from abnormal posture has been proposed to aggravate or cause CGH, but there are conflicting reports as to whether there is an association between posture and CGH. The purpose of this study was to evaluate differences in cervical spinal posture, measured on radiographs, between patients with probable CGH and asymptomatic control participants. A single-blinded comparative measurement design was used. Differences in postural variables from radiographs between participants with CGH (n=30) and age- and sex-matched asymptomatic control participants (n=30) were determined using paired t tests or the nonparametric equivalent. Postural variables were general cervical lordosis (GCL, Cobb angle C2-C7), upper cervical lordosis (UCL, sagittal alignment C2 compared with C3-C4), and C2 spinous process horizontal deviation. Logistic regression determined postural variables, increasing the likelihood of CGH. There were no significant differences in posture between the CGH and control groups. The mean GCL was 10.97 degrees (SD=7.50) for the CGH group and 7.17 degrees (SD=5.69) for the control group. The mean UCL was 11.86 degrees (SD=6.46) for the CGH group and 9.44 degrees (SD=4.28) for the control group. The mean C2 spinous process horizontal deviation was 3.00 mm (SD=1.66) for the CGH group and 2.86 mm (SD=2.04) for the control group. However, there was a significant association between greater GCL and an increased likelihood of having CGH (odds ratio=1.08; 95% confidence interval=1.001, 1.191). The findings are limited to an association between GCL and posture, as cause and effect cannot be determined. The association between greater GCL and increased likelihood of having CGH suggests that GCL might be considered in the treatment of patients with CGH. However, as the data do not support posture as a cause of CGH, it is unknown whether addressing posture would

  20. Influence of Sensory Dependence on Postural Control

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    Santana, Patricia A.; Mulavara, Ajitkumar P.; Fiedler, Matthew J.

    2011-01-01

    The current project is part of an NSBRI funded project, "Development of Countermeasures to Aid Functional Egress from the Crew Exploration Vehicle Following Long-Duration Spaceflight." The development of this countermeasure is based on the use of imperceptible levels of electrical stimulation to the balance organs of the inner ear to assist and enhance the response of a person s sensorimotor function. These countermeasures could be used to increase an astronaut s re-adaptation rate to Earth s gravity following long-duration space flight. The focus of my project is to evaluate and examine the correlation of sensory preferences for vision and vestibular systems. Disruption of the sensorimotor functions following space flight affects posture, locomotion and spatial orientation tasks in astronauts. The Group Embedded Figures Test (GEFT), the Rod and Frame Test (RFT) and the Computerized Dynamic Posturography Test (CDP) are measurements used to examine subjects visual and vestibular sensory preferences. The analysis of data from these tasks will assist in relating the visual dependence measures recognized in the GEFT and RFT with vestibular dependence measures recognized in the stability measures obtained during CDP. Studying the impact of sensory dependence on the performance in varied tasks will help in the development of targeted countermeasures to help astronauts readapt to gravitational changes after long duration space flight.