Science Journal of Medicine and Clinical Trials

December 2013,Volume 2013, ISSN: 2276-7487

Author(s) 2013. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research Article


Visualized Self-exercise Therapy for Musculoskeletal Pain Alleviation

Munehiro Mike Kayo and Yoshiaki Ohkami*

Address: Graduate School of System Design and Management, Keio University 4-1-1 Hiyoshi, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 223-8526 Japan

Accepted 20 November, 2013; Available Online 18 December,2013

doi: 10.7237/sjmct/102


Background: Chronic pain and general physical discomfort can be attributed to disorders or malfunctions within the human musculoskeletal system. To help alleviate these symptoms, Asian countries such as Japan and China have developed various traditional-arts-based exercise therapies over many years. Recently, these developments have been complemented by scientific research of the musculoskeletal system, undertaken by biomedical and mechanical engineers. The objective of this paper is to enable practitioners to understand and visualize the essential elements of a clinical technique known as the Somatic Balance Restoration Therapy (SBRT). The SBRT is a therapist-guided self-exercise technique where the patients perform a series of motions in a completely non-invasive manner.
Methods: By applying a systems and mechanical engineering approach to the SBRT, a computerized visualization of the SBRT clinical technique was produced. This process was then evaluated by applying matrix algebra and correlation coefficient analysis.
Results: The results were applied to actual therapy records provided by a practitioner and then compared with an experienced therapist’s assessment of the patients’ musculoskeletal disorders. Some of our selected self-exercise motions for remedying the disorder matched those selected by the therapist. From these results, the approach developed herein was verified for a limited number of samples considered in this report.
Discussion: We have shown that traditional therapeutic techniques can be visualized in some cases, but the approach must be verified by increasing the sample size of the records. Selecting the most appropriate actions for the identified malfunctioning body parts is arbitrary to some extent. In future developments, this approach will be extended to the muscular and nervous systems.

Keyword: Musculoskeletal disorder, Exercise therapy, non-invasive treatment, Visualization of traditional therapy, system engineering approach, Somatic Balance Restoration Therapy (SBRT)