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The Relationship between Posture and Curvature of the Cervical Spine

September 7, 2013

The Relationship between Posture and Curvature of the Cervical Spine
ABSTRACT
Objective: To study the relationship between posture and curvature of the cervical spine in healthy subjects.
Subjects: The study was composed of 54 healthy students (25 men and 29 women) aged 20-31 yr with a mean
age of 24.7 yr.
Methods: Lateral radiographs were taken of the head and cervical spine of the subjects while standing in a
neutral position. Cervical spine posture was quantified by the angle of a reference line, composed of reference
points of the upper six cervical vertebrae, with the horizontal axis. The curvature of the cervical spine was
classified visually as lordotic, straight or reversed.
Results: A relationship was found between posture and curvature of the cervical spine (p = .006); a more
forward posture of the cervical spine was related to a partly reversed curvature; and a more upright posture was
related to a 1ordotic curvature. Moreover, men more often exhibited a straight curvature, and women more
often exhibited a partly reversed curvature.
Conclusion: The curvature of the cervical spine is related to the subject’s posture and gender. (J Manipulative
Physiol Ther 1998; 21:388-91).
Key Indexing Terms: Cervical Spine; Gender; Posture

Visscher CM, de Boer W, Naeije M. The relationship between posture and curvature of the cervical spine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 1998 Jul-Aug;21(6):388-91. PubMed PMID: WOS:000075676000002.


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