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J Phys Ther Sci. 2015 Apr;27(4):1125-7. doi: 10.1589/jpts.27.1125. Epub 2015 Apr 30.

The effects of horse-riding simulator exercise and Kendall exercise on the forward head posture.

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1
Department of Hippotheray Welfare, Sungduk College, Republic of Korea.
2
Department of Physical Therapy, Uiduk University, Republic of Korea.
3
Departmetn of Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Science, Daegu University, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

[Purpose] The aim of this study was to examine the effects of horse-riding simulator exercise and Kendall exercise on forward head posture. [Subjects and Methods] Thirty elderly college students with a forward head posture were randomly divided into two groups for 15 persons each, a horse-riding simulator group and Kendall exercise group, and performed exercise for eight weeks. [Results] The horse-riding simulator group and Kendall exercise group showed significant differences after the intervention in New York state posture rating, craniovertebral angle, and cranial rotation angle. The horse-riding simulator group showed a significantly smaller value than the Kendall exercise group for New York state posture rating evaluation after the intervention. [Conclusion] The results of this study indicate that horse-riding simulator exercise is more effective on forward head posture than Kendall exercise. Therefore, horse-riding simulator exercise can be used as a new simple treatment method for the ever-growing forward head posture.

KEYWORDS:

Horse-riding simulator; Neck pain; Posture

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