Authors: Erzsebet-Hajnal Chelaru, Codruța Florina Bulduș, Dan Monea
Physical Education and Sport Faculty, “Babes-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Background. The use of the Global Postural System GPS 600 device to identify postural deficit induced by working posture, combined with a physical therapy program for the spine proved to be beneficial. Based on the data obtained from a complete posturography, customized kinetotherapy and medical recovery programs were developed.
Aims. The aim of this study was to prove the importance and benefits of a physical therapy program for prevention and treatment of the degenerative diseases of the spine. The study focused on adults involved in work activities that required maintaining a sitting position at the office. This study included 13 subjects with the age between 25 to 47 years old; the mean age was 32 years.
Methods. To remedy the musculoskeletal disorders that appear during the work in the office, our research team proposed a unique method of treatment by the technique of alternating support surfaces. The methods used for evaluation were joint and muscle balance as well as the visual analogue scale of pain, and the evaluation data provided by the GPS 600 system.
Results. At the end of the 14 days of treatment and physical therapy program, all subjects had a relief of symptoms and the alignment of the spine was significantly corrected.
Conclusions. The treatment using the Global Postural System GPS 600 combined with physical therapy is important to prevent degenerative diseases of the cervical spine both for the effect on the joints and for the general effect of postural balance.
Key words: physical therapy, work posture, prevention