Horse Riding Simulator Affect the Posture Alignment of Young Adults with Forward Head Posture

  • Hong, Chu-Yi (Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Graduate School, Daegu University) ;
  • Jung, Nam-Jin (Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Graduate School, Daegu University) ;
  • Na, Sang-Su (Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, Graduate School, Daegu University) ;
  • Hwangbo, Gak (Department of Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Daegu University)
  • Received : 2016.09.13
  • Accepted : 2016.10.07
  • Published : 2016.11.30


PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the effect of correction on posture parameters between a horse riding simulator exercise and a conventional exercise occurring in an open linear chain linking the head to the pelvis in the sagittal plane of young adults with a forward head posture. METHODS: In this study, 30 subjects were randomly divided into two groups of 15 subjects each, were assigned to the horse riding simulator exercise or the neck exercise group and they performed exercise 30 minutes per each round two times a week for six weeks. To determine the subjects' forward head posture, the three angles and three distances were measured. RESULTS: The forward head angle and head distance results showed a significant change between pre and post intervention in both group. The horizontal distance between acromion and tragus results showed a significant change between pre and post intervention in neck exercise group (CG), but no significant change in horse riding simulator exercise group (EG). The averages of each measured values of EG and CG before and after were compared, but there are no significant different between groups. CONCLUSION: Although the effects of the horse riding exercise were lower than those elicited by the neck exercise, the results demonstrated that the horse riding simulator exercise improved posture alignment for subjects with forward head posture. Therefore, the horse riding simulator exercise can constitute an appropriate alternative exercise for subjects with forward head posture.


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