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Title: A comparison of the head and cervical posture between the self-balanced position and the Frankfurt method
Authors: Armijo-Olivo, S.
Jara, X.
Castillo, N.
Alfonso, L.
Schilling, A.
Valenzuela, E.
Frugone, R.
Magee, D.
Keywords: head posture; teleradiographs; cephalostat; craniocervical variables; cervical lordosis
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Citation: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation 33 (3): 194 - 201
Abstract: Head and cervical posture evaluation has been a concern for many years, not only because of the purported relationship that exists between head and cervical posture in the presence of temporomandibular disorders, neck pain and headache, but also because of the biomechanical relationship between the head and cervical spine and dentofacial structures. Many methods have been suggested in an attempt to establish the best way to evaluate the position of the head using teleradiographs and cephalometric analysis. However, there is still no agreement as to which procedure is the best. The objective of this study was to evaluate the differences that exist between craniocervical measurements in lateral teleradiographs when comparing the position of the head in the self-balanced position to the position of the head using the Frankfurt method (Frankfurt plane parallel to the floor). Sixty-eight subjects who sought dental treatment in community health centres in Talca, Chile participated in this study. Rocabado analysis was used to measure the craniocervical variables. The Cobb analysis was used to measure cervical lordosis. A paired student t-test was used to evaluate the differences between both procedures, using an α of 0·05 and a power of 0·90. The use of the cephalostat changed only the craniocervical angle (P < 0·001). However, this change was minimal. No changes related to gender and age were found. More studies are needed to determine the variation between different procedures and to define a good procedure for evaluating head posture.
Description: Schilling, A. Health Faculty, Dentistry School, University of Talca, Chile.
URI: http://dspace.utalca.cl/handle/1950/4196
ISSN: 0305-182X
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