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Postural Disorders and Musculoskeletal Dysfunction

Diagnosis, Prevention and Treatment

This title is an evidence based book that connects the theoretical and practical aspects of human movement and posture and provides basic information for therapists working with people with postural disorders. Practical material is approached area by area so that therapists can easily access the information they require. The anatomy and kinesiology of the locomotor/musculoskeletal system is covered and common pathologies and postural disorders reviewed.


Published: October 2007

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-10382-7


  • "Dr Solberg has managed to produce an easy to use, comprehensive guide to posture in this book. He has taken each area of the body and shown how it is affected by postural changes, described them in easy to understand terms and given a great range of exercises to help with them. The exercises and poses are both clear and self explanatory with good use of photos… The step by step approach in the book reflects the process needed to deal with any musculoskeletal problem and I highly recommend it."
    'Health Matters', Swindon 105.5, 2009


  • Forewords




    Part 1 - Theoretical Background

    Chapter 1. The integrative approach to posture

    Kinesiological and other factors affecting human posture

    Main aspects of normal posture

    Chapter 2. Anatomical and kinesiological basis of posture

    Basic movement terms

    Movement planes in the human body

    The muscular system: anatomical and kinesiological aspects of maintaining posture

    The foot

    The ankle joint

    The knee joint

    The hip joint

    The pelvis

    The spinal column

    The rib cage

    The shoulder girdle

    The nervous system in posture

    The effect of kinesthetic ability on movement and postural patterns


    Chapter 3. Postural disorders of the spine: sagittal plane



    Flat back

    Injuries to the intervertebral disc

    Relaxed posture

    Chapter 4. Postural disorders of the spine: coronal/frontal plane

    Parameters used in determining scoliosis

    Diagnosing scoliosis

    Therapeutic exercise for scoliosis

    Chapter 5. Postural disorders in the lower extremities and the identification of gait disorders

    Disorders in the lower extremities

    Identification of functional gait disorders

    Chapter 6. Postural disorders and musculoskeletal dysfunction in the upper extremities

    Stabilizing elements of the shoulder girdle

    Survey of common disorders of the shoulder girdle

    Adapted physical activity for functional disorders of the shoulder joint and shoulder girdle


    Chapter 7. Principles for a comprehensive diagnosis of postural disorders

    Questionnaire for parents

    Diagnosing posture

    Psychomotor diagnosis

    Summerizing psychomotor diagnosis data

    Chapter 8. Therapeutic exercise-specific areas of practice

    Excersises to lengthen the hamstring muscles

    Exercises to lenghten lower back muscles

    Spine lengthening exercises (traction)

    Exercises to lenghten chest muscles

    Exercises to strenghten back muscles

    Exercises to strenghten abdominal pain

    Exercises to improve foot functioning

    Exercises to improve balance

    Breating exercises

    Chapter 9. Special treatment techniques for improving posture and body awareness

    "The link system"

    Using a skip rope to learn and practice pelvic mobility

    Using a wall to align posture

    Exercise to improve body alignment:standing without a wall

    Resistance exercises: training to improve body rooting and posture muscle functioning

    Other techniques for improving posture and body awarness

    Flexibility techniques for improving ranges of motion in treating postural disorders

    Chapter 10. Hydrotherapy in the treatment of postural disorders

    Adapted water activity for postural disorders

    Principles for planning a hydrotherapy program for children with postural disorders


    Chapter 11. Auxiliary equipment for adapted physical activity

    Creative use of equipment in treatment

    The underlying abilities model

    The working on the whole model

    Chapter 12. Movement and postural development in early childhood: principles and applications

    Common developmental characteristics of early childhood

    Orthopedic aspects and common postural disorders in early childhood: diagnosis, prevention, and treatment


    Chapter 13. Orthopedic support braces for treating children with postural disorders

    Orthopedic support braces in therapy

    The importance of combining brace support treatment with adapted physical activity


    Chapter 14. Methodological aspects in the treatment of children with postural disorders

    Aims of treatment in postural disorders

    Selecting the treatment design

    Stages if individual treatment for children with postural disorders




    Appendices 1-7



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