Reference Values for Human Posture Measurements
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017 11:26 AM

This study looked at reference values for posture using Postural Assessment Software and concluded that they could be a help in clinical practice.

The main objective of this study was to review the literature to identify reference values for angles and distances of body segments related to upright posture in healthy adult women with Postural Assessment Software (PAS/SAPO).

Electronic databases were assessed. Studies that performed postural evaluation in healthy adult women with PAS/SAPO and were published in English, Portuguese and Spanish, between the years 2005 and 2014 were included.

Four studies met the inclusion criteria. Data from the included studies were grouped to establish the statistical descriptors (mean, variance, and standard deviation) of the body angles and distances. A total of 29 variables were assessed (10 in the anterior views, 16 in the lateral right and left views, and 3 in the posterior views), and its respective mean and standard deviation were calculated. Reference values for the anterior and posterior views showed no symmetry between the right and left sides of the body in the frontal plane. There were also small differences in the calculated reference values for the lateral view.

The proposed reference values for quantitative evaluation of the upright posture in healthy adult women estimated in the present study using PAS/SAPO could guide future studies and help clinical practice.