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The Trunk

  • Susan S. Adler
  • Dominiek Beckers
  • Math Buck
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Abstract

A strong trunk is essential for good function. The trunk is the base that supports extremity motions. For example, supporting trunk muscles contract synergistically with arm motions (Angel and Eppler 1967). This is often clear in patients with neurologic problems. When the trunk is unstable, normal movement in the extremities is impossible. With the trunk able to move and stabilize effectively, patients gain improved control of their arms and legs.

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References

  1. Angel RW, Eppler WG Jr (1967) Synergy of contralateral muscles in normal subjects and patients with neurologic disease. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 48:233–239PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. Kendall FP, McCreary EK (1983) Muscles, testing and function. Williams and Wilkins, BaltimoreGoogle Scholar

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan S. Adler
    • 1
  • Dominiek Beckers
    • 2
  • Math Buck
    • 2
  1. 1.ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Rehabilitation Centre HoensbroekHoensbroekNetherlands

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