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Biomechanics and laterality in musculoskeletal medicine: an additional approach? 

Biomechanics and laterality in musculoskeletal medicine: an additional approach?
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Biomechanics and laterality in musculoskeletal medicine: an additional approach?
Author(s):

Sjef Rutte

and Jacob Patijn

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199674107.003.0011
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date: 23 October 2020

Manual/musculoskeletal (M/M) medicine is characterized according to the hypothesis within a particular school and different diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. Each of these approaches emphasizes one or more diagnostic aspects of the locomotor system (muscles, fasciae, trigger points) and therapeutic aspects of such as myofascial release, segmental dysfunctions, and postural disturbances. In few M/M medicine publications is body asymmetry integrated into the diagnostic and therapeutic approach of patients with locomotor system pathology. A relationship can exist between body asymmetry and both mobility and handedness. Biomechanical aspects of body asymmetries can influence preferential motions which, as such, are dependent on cerebral lateralization integrative processes. In abnormal body asymmetries (for instance, scoliosis), preferential motions can become dysfunctional and can even result in pain in one or more areas of the locomotor system. Diagnostic procedures and treatments which focus on the preferential motion dysfunction can be an additional approach in M/M medicine.

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