Posture: Types, Exercises and Health Effects


Sarah A. Curran, PhD (Editor)
Wales Centre for Podiatric Studies, Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff, UK

Series: Muscular System – Anatomy, Functions and Injuries
BISAC: SCI056000

This book presents an overview of human posture and focuses on how it can be influenced by a number of sporting and physical activities as well as biomechanical, physiological and psycho-sociological factors. It presents a range of chapters that discuss various assessment protocols to posture and details how certain approaches such as yoga, postural chain theory, and pilates can be integrated into various management programs.

It brings together invited contributions from around the world and from authors who are experts in their specific field. This book is intended for those who have an interest in posture and how it influences function, pathology and treatment. It will appeal to students and clinicians of physical therapy, orthopedics, rehabilitation, osteopathy, podiatry and others involved in the study and management of posture. (Imprint: Nova Biomedical )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Old Problems and New Perspectives for Postural Analysis (pp. 1-14)
José Luís Pimentel do Rosário, PT, PhD (Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 2 – The Clinical Usefulness of Head Posture Assessment for Patients with Neck Pain (pp. 15-42)
Anabela G. Silva, PhD, MSc, BSc, David Punt, PhD and Mark I. Johnson, PhD, BSc, PGCertHE (School of Health Sciences, University of Aveiro, Agras do Castro, Campus Universitário de Santiago, Aveiro, Portugal and others)

Chapter 3 – Head and Neck Posture and Upper Spine Morphology in Relation to the Craniofacial Profile and Orofacial Function (pp. 43-54)
Liselotte Sonnesen, DDS, PhD (Section for Oral Surgery, Orthodontics and Oral Radiology, Department of Odontology, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark)

Chapter 4 – Emotion: The Missing Link in Posture (pp. 55-70)
José Luís Pimentel do Rosário, PT, PhD (Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 5 – The Influence of Fear, Happiness and Concern on Posture (pp. 71-80)
José Luís Pimentel do Rosário, PT, PhD (Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 6 – Influence of Hamstring Extensibility on Spinal and Pelvic Postures in Highly Trained Athletes (pp. 81-94)
Pedro A. López-Miñarro, PhD, José M. Muyor, PhD, MSc, Fernando Alacid, PhD, MSc and Raquel Vaquero, MSc (Department of Physical Education, University of Murcia, Spain and others)

Chapter 7 – Spinal Posture in Cycling (pp. 95-104)
José M. Muyor, PhD, Pedro A. López-Miñarro, PhD, Fernando Alacid, PhD, MSc and Raquel Vaquero-Cristóbal, MSc (Faculty of Education Sciences, Nursing and Physiotherapy, Laboratory of Kinesiology, Biomechanics and Ergonomics (KIBIOMER Lab), University of Almería, Almería, Spain and others)

Chapter 8 – Effects of Physical and Sporting Activities on Postural Stability in Children (pp. 105-124)
Sonia Sahli, PhD, Rym Baccouch, MSc and Haithem Rebai, PhD (Research Unit Neurophysiology of Vigilance, Attention and Performance, Functional Explorations of the Nervous System Department University Hospital Center Sahloul, Sousse University, Tunisia and others)

Chapter 9 – The Role of Unstable Shoe Constructions for the Improvement of Postural Control (pp. 125-136)
Andreia S. P. Sousa, PhD, and João Manuel R. S. Tavares, PhD (Escola Superior da Tecnologia de Saúde do Porto, Área Científica de Fisioterapia, Centro de Estudos de Movimento e Actividade Humana, Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal and others)

Chapter 10 – Efficacy of Modified Yoga Positions and Postural Chains Therapy for Spinal Pain Treatment (pp. 137-158)
José Luís Pimentel do Rosário, PT, PhD (Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil)

Chapter 11 – Yoga Postures and Colon Cleanse (pp. 159-170)
Vijaypal Arya, MD (Cornell University, New York, NY, US and others)

Chapter 12 – The Behavior Characteristics and Postural Angles in Teenagers Who Wear High-Heeled Shoes and How Pilates Can Be Used for Postural Control (pp. 171-192)
Patricia Angélica de Oliveira Pezzan, MSc and Daniel Marcondes de Freitas Lopes, PT (Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, PUC-MG, Brazil and others)



“This is an evidence based book on the biomechanics, function, and rehabilitation in posture. This includes descriptions of pathologies and rehabilitation in sports medicine, with clinical examples in rowing, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, dance, cycling, and therapeutic yoga. The PURPOSE of this text was to present a collection of work on the various aspects of posture including its evolutionary trend of knowledge, and its rehabilitation.” READ MORE…F. Buck Willis, PhD, FACSM (Galveston Clinical Research Foundation)

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