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Journal of Craniomandibular Function

Editor in Chief: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang B. Freesmeyer, Berlin

Official publication of the International Society of Computerized Dentistry

ISSN 1868-4149


Summer 2011
Volume 3 , Issue 2

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Integrated approach to posture: case study

Giovanni Chetta,Melchiorre Crescente

Pages: 131 - 140

The results obtained by an integrated approach to a case presenting a complex and disabling postural problem shows the importance of teamwork within posturology. A correct understanding of human biomechanics sees the body behaving as a vortex on a transverse plane and, at the feet, a frontal plane. This interconnected tensegrity structure has allowed humans, the only bipedal mammal, to move most effectively within the gravitational field. As the ultimate cybernetic system, humans need to sense at every moment the surrounding environment. Because of the substantial environmental changes imposed by modern society, ergonomics become an integral and crucial part of a program of postural re-education. Since plantar and dental occlusal supports seem to be critical for posture, using ergonomic devices such as splints and insoles, in synergistic combination with techniques acting on the myofascial system (bodywork, gymnastics), may lead to important results. These results can be detectable and quantifiable as in the present case study.

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