Identification of trunk postural control mechanisms
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Identification of trunk postural control mechanisms

Trunk postural control is considered to play an important role in relation to low back pain and poor control has been interpreted as a cause of onset and recurrence of LBP. Moreover, impaired trunk control limits performance of daily tasks in patients with movement disorders. In this project, we have developed methods to identify trunk muscle control based on mechanical perturbations of the trunk and measurements of resulting kinematics and muscle activity and a neurophysiological model of trunk control to support interpretation of our findings. We aim to obtain a better understanding of how trunk posture is maintained in healthy subjects and how this control is impaired in patient groups. This project contributes to development of diagnostic tools and of interventions to improve trunk control.

Project Parameters

Launch Date: 2011
Funding: STW

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