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Development of an instrumented couch to measure forces during manual physiotherapy treatment.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11673933     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This paper reports on an instrumented couch developed to measure the forces applied during posteroanterior (PA) mobilization to the lumbar spine. The couch was evaluated for reliability by applying known weights to the empty couch, while accuracy was investigated by applying weights both to the empty couch and to a human subject lying on the couch. The equipment appears highly reliable when measuring forces in three directions (ICC(2,1); 99% CI=0.99-1.00) and also demonstrates acceptable accuracy; a maximum error of less than 2% being obtained when measuring forces applied to human subjects. The results demonstrate a highly linear relationship (r2=0.99) between the force readings and the known weights. In conclusion, the instrumented couch demonstrates suitable accuracy and reliability for measuring the force applied to a subject during the application of PA mobilization to the lumbar spine.
A Chiradejnant; C G Maher; J Latimer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Manual therapy     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1356-689X     ISO Abbreviation:  Man Ther     Publication Date:  2001 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-10-24     Completed Date:  2002-01-17     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9610924     Medline TA:  Man Ther     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  229-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2001 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.
School of Physiotherapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney, NSW, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Beds / standards*
Equipment and Supplies / standards
Low Back Pain / therapy*
Lumbar Vertebrae / physiopathology
Manipulation, Osteopathic / instrumentation*
Pilot Projects
Reproducibility of Results

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