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Medicina dello Sport 2013 December;66(4):485-95

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language: English, Italian

Preliminary assessment of a corrective exoskeleton for the human body

Mantini S., Ciccarelli A., Ripani M.

Department of Health and Human Motor Sciences, Foro Italico University, Rome, Italy


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Aim: Postural disease are caused by specific pathologies that regard the locomotor apparatus but can be also associated to habits acquired during the normal day-to-day activity. Furthermore the changing of the structural organization of the anatomical parts associated to the development processes influences the postural dynamics. Actually active therapy, as postural gymnastic, and passive therapy as braces are the principal method to intervene on the postural diseases. In the present study has been evaluated the efficiency of a new modular brace named human body posturizer (HBP). This system is composed by five elements that intervene on the anatomical districts involved in postural processes.
Methods: The analysis has been executed evaluating both the portability and the morphological changes associated to the treatment trough HBP. A SF-36 test has been used to describe the compatibility of the HBP with the normal movements. A geometric morphometrics approach has been used to quantify the morphological variation of the back after the HBP treatment.
Results: Results show that the HBP is highly compatible with the most of the normal movements of the body. At the same time the morphological analysis shows that the principal variations have been observed in the superior portion of the backs, involving principally the shoulders and the scapular regions.
Conclusion: Although the results of this analysis have to be considered preliminary, they suggest that the HBP could be an usefull system in the prevention and therapeutic rehabilitation of the postural diseases.

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