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The Effect of the Forward Head Posture on Postural Balance in Long Time Computer Based Worker

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The Effect of the Forward Head Posture on Postural Balance in Long Time Computer Based Worker

Jung-Ho Kang et al. Ann Rehabil Med.

Abstract

Objective: To estimate the effects of a relatively protruded head and neck posture on postural balance, in computer based worker.

Method: Thirty participants, who work with computers for over 6 hrs per day (Group I), and thirty participants, who rarely work with computers (Group II), were enrolled. The head and neck posture was measured by estimating angles A and B. A being the angle between the tragus of the ear, the lateral canthus of the eye, and horizontal line and B the angle between the C7 spinous process, the tragus of the ear, and the horizontal line. The severity of head protrusion with neck extension was assessed by the subtraction of angle A from angle B. We also measured the center of gravity (COG) and postural balance by using computerized dynamic posturography to determine the effect of computer-based work on postural balance.

Results: Results indicated that group I had a relatively more protruded head with extensive neck posture (angle B-A of group I and group II, 28.2±8.3, 32.9±6.0; p<.05). The COG of group I tended more toward the anterior than that of group II. Postural imbalance and impaired ability to regulate movement in forward and backward direction were also found.

Conclusion: The results of this study suggest that forward head postures during computer-based work may contribute to some disturbance in the balance of healthy adults. These results could be applied to education programs regarding correct postures when working at a computer for extended periods of time.

Keywords: Center of gravity; Postural balance; Turtle neck.

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A is the angle between the tragus of the ear, the lateral canthus of the eye, and the horizontal line of the tragus. B is the angle between C7, the tragus of the ear, and the horizontal line of the C7 spinous process. The severity of the turtle neck posture was assessed by substraction of the angle A and from the angle B.
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Six conditions of sensory organization test (SOT)

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