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Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Currently Enrolling Studies

Posture Exercise Intervention Study

 
Don’t stand as straight and tall as you used to?

Take steps to improve your posture!

Researchers at UC San Francisco (UCSF) are offering two research studies that investigate the effects of exercise on stooped posture, known as hyperkyphosis. Studies are open to both men and women and meet to exercise in a small group led by a physical therapist.
You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Are 60 years or older
  • Have noticed you don’t stand as straight and tall as you used to
  • Can walk at least a ¼ block without using a cane or walker
  • Do not have any chronic medical condition that may prevent you from participating in an exercise program
     

There is no cost to participate. Transportation and parking vouchers for visits are available.

SHEAF Study
The purpose of this study is to learn about the effects of specific spinal muscle strengthening exercises as compared to usual care on hyperkyphosis, physical function, muscle strength and quality of life. Eligible participants will be randomly assigned to the strengthening group or the usual care control group.

  • Exercise groups will meet for one hour, 3 days a week, for 6 months.
  • Groups will meet at the UCSF Osher Center.
  • Participants who complete the SHEAF study will receive a $100 gift card.
     

To find out if you are eligible for this study, click HERE or call (415) 514-6776. 

 

SCOR Kyphosis Project
The purpose of this study is to learn about the effects of specific spinal muscle strengthening exercises on kyphosis. We will also investigate the differences in the effects of exercise between men and women.

  • Exercise groups meet for one hour, twice a week, for 3 months.
  • Groups will meet at the UCSF Osher Center.
  • Participants who complete the SCOR study will receive a $50 gift card.

 

To find out if you are eligible for this study, click HERE or call (415) 514-6776.