Sharon M. Henry, P.T., Ph.D., ATC

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
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
Grants and Scholarship Activities
Grants Awarded to Students & Trainees
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