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Dana L. Hirsch D.c.
10-19-1995, 02:56 PM
CALL FOR HELP


>Our research group is developing protocols to determine the effects
>of a MOVEMENT RETRAINING TECHNIQUE for injured computer
>operators, and we need some information.
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>The technique is adapted from an approach developed 40 years ago
>to rehabilitate injured pianists. It has successfully returned over 70%
of
>trainees to the piano pain-free and with no recurrence of injury. They also
>report a higher level of proficiency after the training.
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>We have been retraining computer operators with repetitive strain
>injury/cumulative trauma disorder for the last two years and have seen
>similar rates of success.
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>Presently, we are considering surface electromyelogram (sEMG) as the primary

>assessment modality to measure changes in muscle activity in the
>trained vs the untrained state. This modality has already given us a clear
>indication that we are on the right track, but...
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>We would appreciate any research leads or information regarding :
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>1- Types of sEMG equipment to consider. Anything we should stay away from?
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>2- Any similar research going on regarding retraining of the typing
technique to
>prevent or rehab Repetitive Strain Injuries at the computer. We are already
familiar
>with Dr. Emile Pascarelli at the Miller Institute. Is there anyone else?
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>3- Other assessment modalities that might reveal something of interest. We
>are also exploring diagnostic ultrasound (DUS). If anyone has any
experience
>with DUS, we want to know about it.
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>4- Other factors that could be measured.
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>5- Placement of electrodes; forearm, levator scapula, etc. We have been
told
>that Basmajian is the protocol of choice. Any feelings about that?
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>6- Software that might help us collect and analyze data.
>
>If the reponses are interesting, we will post a summary of responses to the
>list.
>
>Thanks.
>
>Greg Dempster 76521.2365@compuserve.com
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>Dana Hirsch DC DLHIRSCHDC@aol.com
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