Help back pain biomechanics researchers!  Nine men without back pain are needed urgently to help with this back pain research!

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Despite evidence to the contrary, it is often ‘presumed’ that things like ‘hamstring stiffness’ contribute to low back pain.  Building upon groundbreaking research in biomechanics that has been developed over the past decade, this research is investigating if and how biomechanics are related to low back pain, and if changes in mechanics might be a cause or an effect of that back pain.   The intent is to better understand the biomechanical causes and effects of low back pain so that evidence based approaches to treatment can be further developed.

The research aims to examine those with and without low back pain to see how their movements and muscular activity might be different.  The study will examine the lower limb using a special straight leg raise test with a force measuring device, strength testing, measurements of electrical activity in the muscles and video motion capture gait analysis.  It will all be done on a single visit, at Whitelands College at the University of Roehampton.

I was tested and I found it a very interesting and rewarding experience to contribute so directly to research that will help improve our understanding of back pain – and how to better help those who suffer from it.

Mark Hines, an exercise physiologist and PhD student in biomechanics, is doing some groundbreaking research of interest to all of those who suffer back pain —  as well as all of those therapists who treat back pain in its various forms.

More information is available at Mark Hines’ research page.

If you or anyone you know are interested please contact Mark Hines at the University of Roehampton (Whitelands College) at [email protected]