University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Sharon Henry

Sharon M. Henry, P.T., Ph.D., A.T.C.

Professor of Physical Therapy Emerita

Sharon HenryOffice: 305 Rowell
Phone: (802) 656-8146
Email: Sharon.Henry@uvm.edu

Dr. Sharon Henry joined the Department of Physical Therapy in 1986 and received her Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from UVM in 1994. She completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the Neurological Sciences Institute in Portland, OR in Human Posture Control and re-joined the UVM faculty in 1996. She has been a physical therapist for 34 years and taught in the entry-level Doctorate of Physical Therapy program in courses where students learn about the physical therapy management of musculoskeletal dysfunction. She co-directed the Human Motion Laboratory where she conducted her NIH funded research. Her primary research interests were in motor control of human posture and movement, particularly as they related to musculoskeletal impairments and injuries. Dr. Henry was a member of the Graduate College, the UVM Neuroscience Graduate Program, and the Neuroscience, Behavior and Health Transdisciplinary Research Initiative.

Education

NIH Post-doctoral Fellowship, Human Motor Control, Neurological Sciences Institute, Portland, OR, 1994-1996
Ph.D., Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of Vermont, 1994
Certificate in Manual Therapy, Institute of Graduate Health Sciences, 1988
Certificate in Athletic Training, National Athletic Trainers Association, 1983
B.S., Physical Therapy, University of Vermont, 1982

Courses Taught

PT 318 - Movement Science (3 credits)
PT 340 - Patient Management: Foundational Skills (5 credits)
PT 344 - Physical Therapy Evaluation and Management of Musculoskeletal Conditions (8 credits)

Research Interests
  • Use of real-time ultrasound to non-invasively quantify trunk muscle function
  • Neuromotor coordination in people with and without low back pain
  • Cortical contributions to posture control in people with and without low back pain
  • Randomized control trial examining the effects of 2 different physical therapy exercise protocols on impairment, function and participation in people with low back pain
  • Use of on-line journaling to improve exercise adherence post physical therapy discharge
Henry Lab

Dr. Henry has mentored 37 trainees including UVM undergraduates and DPT graduates, and postdoctoral fellows as well as student from other universities, nationally and internationally (where she has (or has had) adjunct appointments. The UVM students were successful in funding their projects garnering over $31,000 in UVM student research awards and they presented their work at scientific national and international conferences consistently. Dr. Henry also worked collaboratively with physical therapists in the community to create a provider-based network for carrying out her clinical trials.

cliniciansPhysical Therapy Clinician Network

Dr. Henry has created a community-based provider network of physical therapists who implement the physical therapy treatment for her NIH-funded randomized clinical trials for low back pain.

The physical therapists are from Dee Physical Therapy, Evolution Physical Therapy and Yoga, Fletcher Allen Health Care and Copley Hospital.

Photo at right, front row left to right: Lucia Ryan, Diane Stevens, Janet Carscadden, Rose Bernier; Back row: Matt Odachowski, Jane Eliason, Traci Glanz, Sharon Henry, Justine Dee, Jeff Albertson, Sonya Worth.

Selected Publications

Bishop JH, Fox JR, Maple R, Loretan C, Badger GJ, Henry SM, Vizzard MA, Langevin H. Ultrasound Evaluation of the Combined Effects of Thoracolumbar Fascia Injury and Movement Restriction in a Porcine Model.  PLOS ONE (accepted Jan 2016).

Boucher JA,  Preuss R, Henry SM, Dumas JP, Larivière C. The effects of an 8-week stabilization exercise program on lumbar movement sense in patients with low back pain and healthy controls. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2016 Jan 14;17(1):23. doi: 10.1186/s12891-016-0875-4.

Mehta R, Cannella M, Henry SM, Smith S, Giszter S, Silfies SP. Trunk postural muscle timing is not compromised in low back pain patients clinically diagnosed with movement coordination impairments. Motor Control. 2015 Dec 1. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:26623551

Solomon AJ, Lomond KV, Jacobs JV, Henry SM. Detection of postural sway abnormalities by wireless inertial sensors in minimally disabled patients with multiple sclerosis: a case-control study. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation. 2015, 12:74 (DOI: 10.1186/x12984-015-0066-9).

Jacobs JV, Lomond KV, Hitt JR, DeSarno MJ, Bunn JY, Henry SM. Effects of low back pain and of Stabilization or Movement-System-Impairment treatments on induced postural responses: A planned secondary analysis of a randomized, controlled trial. Manual Therapy (accepted 8/29/2015). [Epub: DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.math.2015.08.006]

Johnson, KC, DeSarno MJ, Ashikaga TA, Henry SM. Ultrasound and clinical measures for lymphedema. Lymphat Res Biol (accepted 8/18/2015).

Lomond, KV, Jacobs, JV, Hitt JR, DeSarno MJ, Bunn JY, Henry SM. Effects of low back pain and of Stabilization or Movement-System-Impairment treatments on voluntary postural adjustments: randomized, controlled trial. Spine J. 2014 Oct 29. [Epub ahead of print] pii: S1529-9430(14)01613-1. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.10.020. PMID: 25452017)

Johnson, KC, Kennedy AG, Henry SM. Clinical Measurements of Lymphedema: A Review. Lymphat Res Biol. 2014 Oct 15. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25317946

Lomond KV, Henry SM, Hitt JR, DeSarno MJ, Bunn JY. Altered postural responses persist following physical therapy of general versus specific trunk exercises in people with low back pain. Manual Therapy 19 (2014), pp. 425-432 (DOI information: 10.1016/j.math.2014.04.007)

Henry SM, Dillen LV, Ouellette-Morton RH, Hitt JR, Lomond KV, DeSarno MJ, Bunn JY. Outcomes are not different for patient-matched vs. non-matched treatment in subjects with chronic, recurrent low back pain: a randomized clinical trial. Spine J. 2014 Mar 21. pii: S1529-9430(14)00298-8. doi: 10.1016/j.spinee.2014.03.024. [Epub ahead of print]

Lomond KV, Henry SM, Jacobs JV, Hitt JR, Horak FB, Cohen RG, Schwartz D, Dumas JA, Naylor MR, Watts R, DeSarno ML. Protocol to assess the neurophysiology associated with multi-segmental movement coordination. Physiological Measurement 2013 34(10) doi:10.1088/0967-3334/34/10/N97

Lomond KV, Henry SM, Jacobs JV, Hitt JR, Horak FB, Cohen RG, Schwartz D, Dumas JA, Naylor MR, Watts R, DeSarno ML. Protocol to assess the neurophysiology associated with multi-segmental movement coordination. Physiological Measurement (accepted September 2013).

Larivière C, Gagnon D, De Oliveira E, Henry SM, Mecheri, H., Dumas J-P. Ultrasound Measures of the Lumbar Multifidus: Effect of Task and Transducer Position on Reliability. PM R. 2013 Mar 15. doi:pii: S1934-1482(13)00119-6. 10.1016/j.pmrj.2013.03.010. [Epub ahead of print]PMID:23507347

Henry SM, Van Dillen LR, Tromley AL, Dee JM, Bunn JY. Reliability of novice raters in using the movement system impairment approach to classify people with low back pain, Manual Therapy 2013;18(1): 35-40.

Zielinski KA, Henry SM, Ouellette-Morton RH, DeSarno  MJ. Activation of lumbar multifidus muscle predicts patients with low back pain who improve with trunk stabilization exercises. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Dec 7.PMID:23228626

Larivière C, Gagnon D, De Oliveira E, Henry SM, Mecheri, H., Dumas J-P. (2013) Reliability of ultrasound measures of the transversus abdominis: effect of task and transducer position. PM R. 2013;5(2):104-13..PMID: 2331303

Jones SL, Henry SM, Raasch CC, Hitt JR. Individuals with chronic low back pain in an active episode demonstrate temporal but not spatial altered torque responses and directionally-specific enhanced muscle activity following unexpected balance perturbations. Experimental Brain Research. 2012: 221 (4); 413-426. (DOI: 10.1007/s00221-012-3183-8)

Henry SM, Fritz JM, Trombley AL, Bunn JY. Reliability of the Treatment Based Classification System for Subgrouping People with Low Back Pain. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.2012;42(9):797-805. (Abstract)

Jacobs JV, Yaguchi C, Kaida C, Irei M, Naka M, Henry SM, Fujiwara K. Effects of experimentally induced low back pain on the sit-to-stand movement and electroencephalographic contingent negative variation. Exp Brain Res. 2011 Sep 28. (Abstract)

Jones SL, Henry SM, Raasch CC, Hitt JR, Bunn JY. Individuals with non-specific low back pain use a stiffening strategy to maintain upright posture. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2012 Feb;22(1):13-20. Epub 2011 Nov 18. (Abstract)

Jacobs JV, Henry SM, Jones SL, Hitt JR, Bunn JY. A history of low back pain associates with altered electromyographic activation patterns in response to perturbations of standing balance. J Neurophysiol. 2011 Jul 27. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 21795622] (Abstract)

Stokes IAF, Gardner-Morse M, Henry SM. Abdominal muscle activation increases lumbar spinal stability: analysis of contributions of different muscle groups. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 26 (2011) 797-803 (October). (Abstract)

Jacobs JV, Yaguchi C, Kaida C, Irei M, Naka M, Henry SM, Fujiwara K. Effects of experimentally induced low back pain on the sit-to-stand movement and electroencephalographic contingent negative variation. Exp Brain Res. 2011 Sep 28. (Abstract)

Langevin HM, Fox JR, Koptiuch C, Badger GJ, Greenan-Naumann A, Bouffard NA, Konofagou EE, Wei-Ning L, Triano JJ, Henry SM. Reduced thoracolumbar fascia shear strain in human chronic low back pain. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2011 Sep 19;12:203. (Abstract)

Stokes IAF, Gardner-Morse M, Henry SM. Intra-abdominal pressure and abdominal wall muscular function: Spinal unloading mechanism. Clinical Biomechanics, 2010 Jul 22. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 20655636; NIHMS225315. PMCID: PMC2949466

Jacobs JV, Henry SM, Nagle KJ. Low back pain associates with altered activity of the cerebral cortex prior to arm movements that require postural adjustment. Clinical Neurophysiology. 2010 Mar;121(3):431-40. Epub 2010 Jan 11. PMID: 20071225 (Abstract)

Langevin HM, Stevens-Tuttle D, Fox JR, Badger GJ, Bouffard NA, Krag MH, Wu J, Henry SM. Ultrasound evidence of altered lumbar connective tissue structure in human subjects with chronic low back pain. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 3;10(1):151, Dec 2009. PMID: 19958536. (Abstract, Full Text)

Jacobs JV, Henry SM, Nagle KJ. People with chronic low back pain exhibit decreased variability in the timing of their anticipatory postural adjustments. Behav Neurosci. 123(2):455-8, April 2009. (Abstract, Full Text)

Jones SL, Henry SM, Raasch CC, Hitt JR, Bunn JY. Responses to multi-directional surface translations involve redistribution of proximal vs. distal strategies to maintain upright posture. Exp Brain Res. 187(3):407-17, 2008 (May). (Abstract)

Henry SM, Teyhen DS. Ultrasound imaging as a feedback tool in the rehabilitation of trunk muscle dysfunction. JOSPT 37(10):627-634, 2007 (October) (Abstract)

Gill NR, Whittaker J, Henry SM, Julie Hides J, Hodges PW. Rehabilitative ultrasound imaging of the abdominal muscles. JOSPT 37(8):450-466, 2007 (August). (Abstract)

Worth SA, Henry SM, Bunn JY. Use of real time ultrasound feedback enhances learning the abdominal hollowing exercise in patients with low back pain. New Zealand . 35(1):4-11, 2007 (March) (Abstract)

Henry SM, Hitt JR, Jones SL, Bunn JY. Decreased limits of stability in persons with recurrent low back pain. Clinical Biomechanics 21(9):881-92, 2006 (November) (Abstract)

Stokes, IAF, Fox James, Henry SM, Single RM. Trunk muscular activation patterns and responses to transient force perturbations in persons with self-reported low back pain. Eur J Spine. 15(5): 658-67, 2006 (May). (Abstract)

Henry SM, Westervelt KC. The use of real time ultrasound feedback in teaching abdominal hollowing exercises to healthy subjects. JOSPT 35(6):338-345, 2005 (June).

Honors and Awards
  • Eugene Michels New Investigator Award. Awarded by the APTA in recognition of my independent research and contributions to the field, 2000
  • UVM International Educational Grant for 'Lumbar Stabilization Symposium' in collaboration with University of Queensland, Dept. of Physiotherapy ($1,211), 1998
  • National Institute of Aging Individual National Service Award ($28,600), 1996 - 1997
  • North American Spine Society Research Traveling Fellowship ($9,400), 1996
  • American Physical Therapy Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Award ($40,000), 1995 - 1996
  • Doctoral Research Award, Foundation for Physical Therapy ($12,000), 1992 - 1994
Grants and Scholarship Activities
  • Larivére, C., Coutu, M.-F., Gagnon, D , Henry S.M., Preuss, R., Sullivan M.J.L., Dumas J.-P. Canadian Occupational Health and Safety Research Institute Robert-Sauvé (IRSST: #2010-0022) "Développement préliminaire d'une règle de prédiction clinique pour dépister les patients ayant une lombalgie non-aigue répondant favorablement è un programme d'exercices de stabilisation lombaire" (In English : Preliminary development of a clinical prediction rule for identifying patients with non-acute low back pain who respond best to a lumbar stabilization exercise program) (Dr. Henry's Role: Investigator; $487, 579 Canadian; July 2012 - June 2015).

  • National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NIH/NCCAM) (RO1) "Connective tissue and nervous system mechanisms of CAM therapies for low back pain" (PI: Helene Langevin; Dr. Henry's role is investigator at 5%FTE); Feb. 1, 2011 - Dec. 31, 2015. $1,888,300 - directs/indirects.

  • "Mechanisms of Specific Trunk Exercises in Low Back Pain" (2R01 HD040909-06A2 funded by the NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development/NCMRR) focuses on two schemas to classify patients who have low back pain with the goal of better matching the patient to the appropriate treatment. In addition to comparing patient outcomes from pre- to post-treatment, we are also examining changes in trunk muscle control from pre- to post-treatment to help us better understand the mechanisms by which treatments may be helpful in reducing pain and increasing function. September 2009 - March 2012. $1,484,709 - directs/indirects.

  • "Effects and Mechanisms of Specific Exercises on Low Back Pain" (5 RO1 HD 040909 funded by NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development/NCMRR) had 3 major aims: 1) to examine the effects of specific trunk exercises compared to more general strengthening and endurance exercises on low back pain and function; 2) to characterize motor control impairments in LBP patients compared to healthy control subjects and to investigate if specific deep trunk muscle exercises and/or a general exercise protocol change these impairments; 3) to quantify the hypothesized mechanistic reasons why training of deep local trunk muscles might be beneficial for reducing LBP. March 2003 - June 2008. $1,874,438 - directs/indirects.

  • "Low Back Pain: A Motor Control Impairment?" (KO1 HD 01134 funded by NIH/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development/NCMRR) characterized trunk muscle recruitment patterns in healthy subjects and in subjects with low back pain classified according to physical tests and measures. Systematic perturbations of the support surface were imposed while subjects were standing and muscle, kinematic, and force responses were recorded in order to gain a better understanding of how posture and trunk orientation was maintained. June 1998 - May 2003. $433,334 - directs/indirects.
Grants Awarded to Students & Trainees
  • URECA/Faculty Mentoring grant ($3000) Jennifer Chenette, SM Henry. “Lumbo-pelvic control in subjects without low back pain” (September 2013 – May 2014).
  • Undergraduate Research Awards: Summer Internship 2012 ($5,000) Jennifer Chenette, SM Henry. "Movement System Impairment of Subjects with Low Back Pain." (May - Aug. 2012).
  • URECA/Faculty Mentoring grant ($2,880) Claire Freson, SM Henry. "Online journaling for adherence to a home exercise program following physical therapy for patients with chronic low back pain" (May 2011 - April 2012).
  • URECA/Faculty Mentoring grant ($1,570) Matthew Cole, SM Henry. "Postural control during a sit-to-stand task in people with and without low back pain." (Nov. 2007 - May 2008).
  • URECA/Faculty Mentoring grant ($3,000). A. Chagnon, SM Henry. "Texture analysis of post breast cancer ultrasound images." (Dec. 2005 - Oct. 2006).
  • URECA/Faculty Mentoring grant ($3,500). K. McCarthy, SM Henry. "Use of real-time ultrasound to quantify multifidus and transversus abdominus muscles in subjects with and without low back pain." (Nov. 2004 - Oct. 2005)
  • Stimulation of Undergraduate Research/Faculty Mentoring grant ($3,000). E. Loskutoff, SM Henry. "Postural responses in diagonal versus natural stance." (Jan. 2001)
Professional Affiliations

American Physical Therapy Association, Sections of Research, Orthopedics and Neurology,
Oregon and Vermont Chapter, American Physical Therapy Association
International Society for Posture and Gait Research, Treasurer and Board Member
National Athletic Trainers Association, 1983 - 1996
Society for Neuroscience



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