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The Effect of Head and Neck Stabilization Exercises on Dynamic Balance in the Elderly With Forward Head Posture

Abstract

Introduction: This study aimed to investigate the effect of head and neck stabilization exercises on improving balance in older adults with forward head posture.
Materials and Methods: Thirty elderly participants with forward head posture and Mean±SD age of 65.7±5.2 years were examined. The forward head posture was measured by plumb line and craniovertebral angle. Elderly balance was evaluated before and after 8 weeks of head and neck stabilization exercises with Timed Up and Go (TUG) and Functional Reach (FR) tests. The paired t-test was used to examine the changes that occurred after the intervention.
Results: The results showed that head and neck stabilization exercises in the elderly significantly changed TUG test (8.3 s before the intervention, 7.8 s after the intervention; P=0.03) and FR test (23.4 cm before the intervention, 24.7 cm after the intervention; P=0.01) omitted. No significant statistical changes were observed in the amount of the craniovertebral angle after the intervention.
Conclusion: Based on the study results, performing the head and neck stabilization exercises did not cause significant changes in the craniovertebral angle but improved the dynamic balance of the elderly.

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DOI https://doi.org/10.18502/jmr.v16i1.417
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Elderly Forward head posture Balance Craniovertebral angle Stabilization exercises

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Irani S, Abbaszadeh-Amirdehi M, Hosseini SR, Sum S, Matlabi H, Mirasi S. The Effect of Head and Neck Stabilization Exercises on Dynamic Balance in the Elderly With Forward Head Posture. jmr. 2021;16(1):9-16.