Detecting and Preventing Forward Head Posture with Wireless Inertial Body Sensor Networks

TitleDetecting and Preventing Forward Head Posture with Wireless Inertial Body Sensor Networks
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsKim T, Chen S, Lach J
Conference NameBody Sensor Networks (BSN), 2011 International Conference on
Date Published05/2011
Keywordsbiomedical communication, biomedical equipment, body sensor networks, forward head posture, head posture detection, medical computing, medical disorders, musculoskeletal disorder, neck pain, posture auto-correction, video-based validation, wireless inertial body sensor networks
Abstract

Forward Head Posture (FHP) is a common musculoskeletal disorder correlated with neck pain that affects a large percentage of the population. Research has shown that providing feedback for posture auto-correction can help combat FHP and reduce the associated neck pain. However, existing methods for head posture detection are immobile, invasive, and/or inaccurate. This paper presents the use and video-based validation of wireless inertial body sensors for FHP detection. In addition, the effectiveness of bio-feedback is evaluated.

DOI10.1109/BSN.2011.41