Author

Yuichi Sasaki

Date of Graduation

Spring 2014

Degree

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Department

Kinesiology

Committee Chair

Tona Hetzler

Keywords

lower back pain, range of motion, spine, tensegrity, goniometry

Subject Categories

Sports Sciences

Abstract

As more knowledge is gained about how the human body moves and functions, traditional approaches to treatment and rehabilitation need to be examined. The theory of tensegrity emphasizes the oneness of the human body. This study examined the possible functional relationship between the sacroiliac joint and the occipito-atlanto-axial joint complex. The experimental design is a pilot study of test-retest with four special tests for sacroiliac joint dysfunction and a universal goniometry measurement of cervical range of motion. This study was conducted at a state university. Fifty six participants volunteered, and twenty seven completed the first measurement and seventeen completed the second measurement. SPSS 20 was employed to run Independent t-tests for the statistical significance and Cohen's d for the effect size. Some of the results show statistical significance (p< 0.05) and large effect sizes. (d> 0.8), supporting a functional relationship between the sacroiliac joint and the occipito-atlanto-axial joint. These findings provide health care providers with potentially a new way to assess and treat patients.

Copyright

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