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Force Closure

An increase in joint stability via compressive forces resulting from muscular contraction and increased tension in fascial structures (1,2).
  • This term is most often used in reference to core intrinsic stabilizers, the thoracolumbar fascia and the sacroiliac joint; however, force closure and form closure have been mentioned in the literature referring to other joints.
  • Related term: Form closure
  1. Andry Vleeming, Vert Mooney, Rob Stoeckart. Movement, Stability & Lumbopelvic Pain: Integration of Research and Therapy. (c) 2007 Elsevier Limited
  2. Vleeming, A., Pool-Goudzwaard, A. L., Stoeckart, R., van Wingerden, J. P., & Snijders, C. J. (1995). The Posterior Layer of the Thoracolumbar Fascia| Its Function in Load Transfer From Spine to Legs. Spine, 20(7), 753-758.