|Ranges of hand movements|
|Erica and her advisor, Dr. Peter Costa|
My intention of the capstone was to better understand the causes and treatments of contractures, and more importantly to spread awareness of them. Contractures are much easier to prevent than to treat, so knowledge and early initiatives may resolve their prevalence. During my time in the nursing home, I witnessed and learned of techniques to counteract contractures. While development of contractures may be predisposed from diseases, the use of effective multimodal preventative treatments may minimize their complications. After reviewing the literature, I now understand movement’s role in the human body and in the prevention of contractures. Movement may take many forms, such as walking, running, dancing, stretching, or sports playing. Adding movement into daily routines will promote both an active body and mind. I often took health and all its benefits for granted, but from this capstone I hope to inspire myself and others to move and learn more about the wonders of the human body.