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Peter G Tickle, John R Hutchinson, Jonathan R Codd
Broiler chickens are increasingly at the forefront of global meat production but the consequences of fast growth and selection for an increase in body mass on bird health are an ongoing concern for industry and consumers. To better understand the implications of selection we evaluated energetics and behaviour over the 6-week hatch-to-slaughter developmental period in a commercial broiler. The effect of posture on resting metabolic rate becomes increasingly significant as broilers grow, as standing became more energetically expensive than sitting...
March 14, 2018: Scientific Reports
Laura Alice Santos de Oliveira, Camilla Polonini Martins, Carlos Henrique Ramos Horsczaruk, Débora Cristina Lima da Silva, Luiz Felipe Vasconcellos, Agnaldo José Lopes, Míriam Raquel Meira Mainenti, Erika de Carvalho Rodrigues
Background and Purpose: The motor impairments related to gait and balance have a huge impact on the life of individuals with spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA). Here, the aim was to assess the possibility of retraining gait, improving cardiopulmonary capacity, and challenging balance during gait in SCA using a partial body weight support (BWS) and a treadmill. Also, the effects of this training over functionality and quality of life were investigated. Methods: Eight SCA patients were engaged in the first stage of the study that focused on gait training and cardiovascular conditioning...
2018: Rehabilitation Research and Practice
Jacqueline C Outermans, Ingrid van de Port, Gert Kwakkel, Johanna M Visser-Meily, Harriet Wittink
BACKGROUND: Reports on the association between aerobic capacity and walking capacity in people after stroke show disparate results. AIM: To determine (1) if the predictive validity of peak oxygen uptake (VO2peak) for walking capacity post stroke is different from that of maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) and (2) if postural control, hemiplegic lower extremity muscle strength, age and gender distort the association between aerobic capacity and walking capacity. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Michael A McCaskey, Brigitte Wirth, Corina Schuster-Amft, Eling D de Bruin
Sensorimotor training (SMT) is popularly applied as exercise in rehabilitation settings, particularly for musculoskeletal pain. With insufficient evidence on its effect on pain and function, this exploratory randomised controlled trial investigated the potential effects of SMT in rehabilitation of chronic non-specific low back pain. Two arms received 9x30 minutes physiotherapy with added interventions: The experimental arm received 15 minutes of postural SMT while the comparator arm performed 15 minutes of added sub-effective low-intensity training...
2018: PloS One
Dariusz Czaprowski, Łukasz Stoliński, Marcin Tyrakowski, Mateusz Kozinoga, Tomasz Kotwicki
Background: The physiological sagittal spinal curvature represents a typical feature of good body posture in the sagittal plane. The cervical and the lumbar spine are curved anteriorly (lordosis), while the thoracic segment is curved posteriorly (kyphosis). The pelvis is inclined anteriorly, and the lower limbs' joints remain in a neutral position. However, there are many deviations from the optimal body alignment.The aim of this paper is to present the most common types of non-structural misalignments of the body posture in the sagittal plane...
2018: Scoliosis and Spinal Disorders
P L Bernard, H Blain, G Tallon, G Ninot, A Jaussent, M C Picot, C Belloc, O Coste, J Bousquet, S Ramdani
This study analyzes the evolution in kinematic and non-linear stabilometric parameters in elderly sedentary women selected to participate in a brisk walking program. Ninety-four women were randomly selected for a program of 78 sessions over 6 months, with three sessions of 60 min per week. On the force platform, participants were assessed with both eyes opened as well as eyes closed during a period of 51.2 s and the sampling frequency was 40 Hz. The main dependent kinematic variables were the length, stabilogram surface, and the mean position in anteroposterior as well as medio-lateral directions...
March 5, 2018: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research
Ender Ayvat, Özge Onursal Kılınç, Fatma Ayvat, Gülşah Sütçü, Muhammed Kılınç, Songül Aksoy, Sibel Aksu Yıldırım
The aim of this study was to formulate an exercise program according to GAS, an approach that reflects the patients' point of view and expectations and investigate the effects of this program in ataxia rehabilitation. This study was designed as an assessor-blinded, single-group trial, and 24 patients with cerebellar ataxia were included. Treatment goals, postural control, disease severity, and daily living activities were assessed pre- and post-treatment using the Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS), the Sensory Organization Test (SOT), the International Cooperative Ataxia Rating Scale (ICARS), and the Barthel Index (BI), respectively...
March 2, 2018: Neurological Sciences
S E R Lim, K Ibrahim, A A Sayer, H C Roberts
BACKGROUND: The assessment of physical activity levels of hospitalised older people requires accurate and reliable measures. Physical activities that older people in hospital commonly engage in include exercises and walking. Measurement of physical activity levels of older inpatients is essential to evaluate the impact of interventions to improve physical activity levels and to determine associations between physical activity in hospital and other health-related outcome measures. OBJECTIVE: To determine which measures are used to measure physical activity of older people in hospital, and to describe their properties and applications...
2018: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
Rogerio P Hirata, Steffan W Christensen, Simone Agger, Mikkel Svindt, Nicklas Røssner, Jesper Abildgaard, Nicolas Vuillerme, Thomas Graven-Nielsen
Objective: To investigate if attention to additional sensory information from the fingertip can improve postural stability during pain, which is known to impair balance. Methods: In 16 healthy volunteers, experimental pain was induced by intramuscular injection of hypertonic saline in the right vastus medialis muscle (isotonic saline used as nonpainful control, intramuscular injection in the same location). Pain intensity was assessed on an 11-point numeric rating scale (NRS; 0 representing "no pain" and 10 "maximum pain")...
February 22, 2018: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
Ying-Yan Sun, Hu-Jun Cui, Jia-Nan Dong, Ping Sun, Qing-Xin Meng
Context • The aim in treating ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is to reduce patients' symptoms, including pain, stiffness, and fatigue; to correct their posture; and to improve their quality of life. Currently, no definitive therapy is available for treating AS. Previous studies have reported positive results regarding the efficacy of exercise. Objective • This study aimed to assess the efficacy of ultrasound, combined with exercise, in patients with AS. Design • The research team designed a randomized, double-blind, 2-arm parallel-group, placebo-controlled trial...
February 24, 2018: Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
Nam G Lee, H You Joshua Sung, Chung H Yi, Hye S Jeon, Bong S Choi, Dong R Lee, Jae M Park, Tae H Lee, In T Ryu, Hyun S Yoon
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effects of conventional core stabilization (CCS) and dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) on anticipatory postural adjustment (APA) time, balance performance, and fear of falls in chronic hemiparetic stroke. DESIGN: Two-group randomized controlled trial with pretest-posttest design SETTING: Hospital's rehabilitation center. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-eight adults with chronic hemiparetic stroke INTERVENTION: Participants were randomly divided into either CCS (n=14) or DNS (n=14) groups...
February 21, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Jonas Schröder, Steven Truijen, Tamaya Van Criekinge, Wim Saeys
Purpose It is hypothesized that peripheral somatosensory stimulation (PSS) can promote postural recovery after stroke by increasing afferent input and postural contribution of the paretic leg. Therefore, this systematic review aims to investigate which PSS approaches are documented and investigated on effectiveness. Methods Five databases (PubMed, Web of Science, PEDro, Cochrane Library Trials, RehabData) have been searched on clinical studies in stroke rehabilitation, investigating PSS, which is defined as a non-motor and focal stimulation to the paretic leg aiming an increase in somatosensory input...
February 23, 2018: Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation
Ali Shahvarpour, Dany Gagnon, Richard Preuss, Sharon M Henry, Christian Larivière
Lumbar stabilization programs reduce pain and disability, but the mechanisms of action underlying this treatment are unknown. Trunk postural control during unstable sitting represents a surrogate measure of motor control mechanisms involved to maintain the dynamic stability of the spine. This exploratory study aimed to determine the reliability of trunk postural control measures over an 8-week interval, their sensitivity to low back pain status and treatment and their relationship with clinical outcomes. Trunk postural control measures were determined in patients with low back pain before and after an 8-week lumbar stabilization exercise program...
February 9, 2018: Gait & Posture
Simo Ihalainen, Marko S Laaksonen, Sami Kuitunen, Antti Leppävuori, Jussi Mikkola, Stefan Josef Lindinger, Vesa Linnamo
The aim of this study was to identify performance determining factors in biathlon standing shooting in rest and after intense exercise. Eight Finnish national and nine junior team biathletes participated in the study. Participants fired 40 resting shots (REST) and 2*5 competition simulation shots (LOAD) after 5 min of roller skiing at 95% of peak heart rate. Hit percentage, aiming point trajectory and postural balance were measured from each shot. Cleanness of triggering (ATV, movement of the aiming point 0-0...
February 15, 2018: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
José M Martín, Catalina Torres, Pilar Cordero, Sara Sánchez, Liria Terradez, Dolores Ramón
Bascule syndrome is a recently described benign vasomotor dermatosis characterized by Bier anemic spots, cyanosis, and urticaria-like eruption. We report a case of a 13-year-old girl with cutaneous lesions consistent with Bascule syndrome who had had three exercise-related syncopal episodes. It would be recommended to exclude orthostatic intolerance or postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome when evaluating patients with Bascule syndrome.
February 13, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
Munlika Sremakaew, Gwendolen Jull, Julia Treleaven, Marco Barbero, Deborah Falla, Sureeporn Uthaikhup
BACKGROUND: Impaired cervical joint position sense and balance are associated with neck pain. Specific therapeutic exercise and manual therapy are effective for improving neck pain and functional ability but their effects on joint position sense and balance impairments remain uncertain. Changes in the joint position sense and balance may need to be addressed specifically. The primary objective is to investigate the most effective interventions to improve impaired cervical joint position sense and balance in individuals with neck pain...
February 13, 2018: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
Heather Freeman, Nadezhda Vladagina, Elika Razmjou, Christiane Brems
Background: Popular media typically portray yoga as an exercise or posture practice despite the reality that yoga comprised eight practices (called limbs) including ethical behavior, conscious lifestyle choices, postures, breathing, introspection, concentration, meditation, and wholeness. Aim: This study assessed the comprehensiveness of yoga practice as represented in articles in the popular yoga magazine, Yoga Journal . It explored the degree to which articles referenced each of the eight limbs of yoga and other contents (e...
September 2017: International Journal of Yoga
Serene S Paul, Leland E Dibble, Daniel S Peterson
BACKGROUND: Falls are a significant burden for people with Parkinson's disease (PD), however, individuals across the spectrum of disease severity respond differently to fall prevention interventions. Despite the multifactorial causes of falls in people with PD, recent work has provided insight into interventions that hold promise for fall prevention. Further, studies have begun to identify patient characteristics that may predict responsiveness to such interventions. RESEARCH QUESTION: We discuss (i) the postural motor learning abilities of people with mild versus severe PD that could affect their ability to benefit from fall prevention interventions, (ii) how people with different severity of PD respond to such interventions, and (iii) the practical considerations of providing effective fall prevention interventions for people with PD across the spectrum of disease severity...
January 31, 2018: Gait & Posture
Massimiliano Pau, Bruno Leban, Giuseppina Pilloni, Micaela Porta, Fabio Cubeddu, Claudio Secci, Veronica Piras, Marco Monticone
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to assess the influence of trunk rotation (TR) on postural sway and spatial-temporal parameters of gait in children and early adolescents screened at school for the presence of scoliosis. METHODS: Two hundred and fifty-five individuals aged 9-14 (141 boys, 114 girls) underwent trunk rotation (TR) assessment by means of angle of trunk rotation (ATR) measurements performed with Bunnell's scoliometer. Participants with ATR ≥ 5° formed the TR group whose data were compared with those of a control group (CON) composed of individuals with ATR < 5° matched for age and anthropometric features...
January 31, 2018: Gait & Posture
Joseph W Betz, Paul A Oakley, Deed E Harrison
[Purpose] To present the clinically significant improvement of straight back syndrome (SBS) in a patient with spinal pain and exertional dyspnea. [Subject and Methods] A 19 year old presented with excessive thoracic hypokyphosis and other postural deviations. A multimodal CBP® mirror image® protocol of corrective exercises, traction procedures and spine/posture adjusting were given over an initial 12-week course of intensive treatment followed by a 2.75 year follow-up with minimal supportive treatment...
January 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
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