OF HUMAN MOVEMENT LAB
ABOUT THE LAB
Research in the Neuromechanics of Human Movement Lab (NoHM Lab) investigates the control of movement in the trunk and pelvis by utilizing both biomechanics and neuroimaging techniques.
We study characteristics of movement in the trunk and activation of the trunk muscles during motor tasks ranging from walking to elite athletic skills. We use biomechanical research tools such as three-dimensional motion capture and electromyography. We also investigate the structure and function of the brain through neuroimaging techniques such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
We combine biomechanics and neuroimaging tests to help deepen our understanding of how changes in the
control of trunk movement contribute to clinical problems like persistent back pain.
Dr. JO ARMOUR SMITH, PT, PhD
Head Researcher: Dr. Jo Armour Smith
Jo Armour Smith conducted her doctoral research at the University of Southern California, in the Division of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy.
Currently working as a professor at Chapman University's department of physical therapy, her research focuses primarily on young adults with back pain through the lens of biomechanics and neuroscience.
Do you have Back Pain?
Have you had back pain? We are looking for volunteers to participate in a research study investigating trunk motion and brain activity before and after fatigue and how this may contribute to low back pain. To find out how to participate, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (714) 744-7924.