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Ideokinetic imagery as a postural development technique

, : Ideokinetic imagery as a postural development technique. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport 64(4): 385-392

In two experiments we examined the effectiveness of ideokinetic imagery and flexibility combined with abdominal strength training as methods for improving the spinal angles of lordosis and kyphosis and reducing low back pain. Ideokinetic imagery is a postural development technique that involves using movement images to gain subcortical control over the spinal musculature. Experiment 1 investigated the effectiveness of these treatments for males with a previous history of low back pain. Findings indicated that only ideokinetic imagery had a positive effect on the spinal column and low back pain. Experiment 2 extended these findings by investigating males and females using a noninvasive video analysis technique to record changes in spinal angles. This study further supports the effectiveness of ideokinetic imagery as a postural development technique in males with acute spinal angles. In these subjects spinal angles improved significantly, and the subjects reported complete cessation of low back pain. This research supports the use of ideokinetic imagery as an inexpensive and noninvasive technique to improve poor posture and reduce low back pain.


PMID: 8278664

DOI: 10.1080/02701367.1993.10607591

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