Index to Chiropractic Literature
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ID 2975
  Title Chiropractic biophysics technique: A linear algebra approach to posture in chiropractic
Journal J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 1996 Oct;19(8):525-535
Peer Review Yes
Publication Type Article

OBJECTIVE: This paper discusses linear algebra as applied to human posture in chiropractic, specifically chiropractic biophysics technique (CBP).

MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS: Rotations, reflections and translations are geometric functions studied in vector spaces in linear algebra. These mathematical functions are termed rigid body transformations and are applied to segmental spinal movement in the literature. Review of the literature indicates that these linear algebra concepts have been used to describe vertebral motion. However, these rigid body movers are presented here as applying to the global postural movements of the head, thoracic cage and pelvis.

CONCLUSION: The unique inverse functions of rotations, reflections and translations provide a theoretical basis for making postural corrections in neutral static resting posture. Chiropractic biophysics technique (CBP) uses these concepts in examination procedures, manual spinal manipulation, instrument assisted spinal manipulation, postural exercises, extension traction and clinical outcome measures.

This abstract is reproduced with the permission of the publisher. Article only available in print.

Author affiliation: University of Alabama in Huntsville, USA


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