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Group training and stroke

Yo-Han Uhm, Dae-Jung Yang
[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of computerized postural control training using whole body vibration on lower limb muscle activity and cerebral cortical activation in acute stroke patients. [Subjects and Methods] Thirty stroke patients participated and were divided into groups of 10, a group of the computerized postural control training using whole body vibration (Group I), the computerized postural control training combined with aero step (Group II) and computerized postural control training (Group III)...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Hye Joo Jeon, Byong Yong Hwang
[Purpose] To evaluate the effect of bilateral lower limb strengthening designed to improve balance and walking in stroke patients. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty hemiparetic stroke patients were divided into two groups: a unilateral therapy group (UTG) (n=10) and a bilateral therapy group (BTG) (n=10). The UTG completed strength training only in the paretic lower limb. The BTG completed strength training in the paretic and non-paretic lower limbs. Assessment tools included the functional reach test (FRT), the Berg balance scale (BBS), the timed up and go (TUG) test, and a 10-meter walk test (10MWT)...
February 2018: Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Arshad Nawaz Malik, Imran Amjad
Objective of the study was to determine the effect of circuit gait training versus traditional gait training on mobility performance and quality of life in sub-acute and chronic stroke patients. A randomized control trial was conducted and stroke patients of either gender having 2-4 score on Rankin Modified Scale and able to stand 10 seconds were included in study. A total of 32 individuals were randomly assigned into two groups. They were assigned a 40-50 min/session for 3-4 days/week over length of 06 weeks...
March 2018: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Kirk B Roberson, Melanie Potiaumpai, Kayla Widdowson, Annmarie Jaghab, Sean Chowdhari, Catherine Armitage, Afton D Seeley, Kevin A Jacobs, Joseph F Signorile
The presence of cardiometabolic syndrome (CMS) infers an increased risk for cardiovascular incidence and mortality, and is associated with reduced health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Although the effects of exercise on biomarkers, HRQoL, and future risk have been studied; no study has measured the effects on all three components. The present study compared the effects of steady-state, moderate-intensity treadmill training (TM) and high-velocity circuit resistance training (HVCRT) on biological markers, HRQoL, and overall CVD risk in adults with CMS and CVD risk factors...
March 14, 2018: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
So Young Lee, Eun Young Han, Bo Ryun Kim, Sang Hee Im
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of a motorized aquatic treadmill exercise program improve the isometric strength of the knee muscles, cardiorespiratory fitness, arterial stiffness, motor function, balance, functional outcomes and quality of life in subacute stroke patients. DESIGN: Thirty-two patients were randomly assigned to 4-week training sessions of either aquatic therapy(n=19) or land-based aerobic exercise(n=18). Isometric strength was measured using an isokinetic dynamometer...
March 12, 2018: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Ayhan Aşkın, Emel Atar, Hikmet Koçyiğit, Aliye Tosun
BACKGROUND: Therapeutic benefits of Kinect-based virtual reality (VR) game training in rehabilitation encourage its use to improve motor function. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of Kinect-based VR training on motor recovery of the upper extremity and functional outcomes in patients with chronic stroke. METHODS: In this randomized controlled trial, group A received 20 sessions of physical therapy (PT) + 20 sessions of Kinect-based VR training and group B received only 20 sessions of PT...
March 13, 2018: Somatosensory & Motor Research
Megan Knox, Aimee Stewart, Carol L Richards
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a minimal dose intervention of six 1-hour sessions of task-oriented circuit gait training including a caregiver over a 12-week period to persons post stroke in the South African public health sector. DESIGN: Stratified, single blinded, randomized controlled trial with three intervention groups. PARTICIPANTS: Persons post stroke ( n = 144, mean age 50 years, 72 women), mean 9.5 weeks post stroke. INTERVENTIONS: Task group ( n = 51)-accompanied by a caregiver; task-oriented circuit gait training (to improve strength, balance, and task performance while standing and walking)...
March 1, 2018: Clinical Rehabilitation
Giovanni Morone, Stefano Masiero, Paola Coiro, Domenico De Angelis, Vincenzo Venturiero, Stefano Paolucci, Marco Iosa
BACKGROUND: Robotic walking training improves probability to reach an autonomous walking in non-ambulant patients affected by subacute stroke. However, little information is available regarding the prognostic factors for identifying best responder patients. The purpose of the present study is therefore to investigate the clinical features of patients with subacute stroke that might benefit more from robotic walking therapy. METHODS: One hundred subacute inpatients randomized in robotic or conventional gait training were assessed at baseline and after 4 weeks of training performed 5 times per week...
2018: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Alessandro Picelli, Elena Chemello, Paola Castellazzi, Mirko Filippetti, Annalisa Brugnera, Marialuisa Gandolfi, Andreas Waldner, Leopold Saltuari, Nicola Smania
BACKGROUND: Preliminary evidence showed additional effects of anodal transcranial direct current stimulation over the damaged cerebral hemisphere combined with cathodal transcutaneous spinal direct current stimulation during robot-assisted gait training in chronic stroke patients. This is consistent with the neural organization of locomotion involving cortical and spinal control. The cerebellum is crucial for locomotor control, in particular for avoidance of obstacles, and adaptation to novel conditions during walking...
2018: Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Kerstin Spielmann, W Mieke E van de Sandt-Koenderman, Majanka H Heijenbrok-Kal, Gerard M Ribbers
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The aim of the present study is to investigate the effect of transcranial direct current stimulation on word-finding treatment outcome in subacute poststroke aphasia. METHODS: In this multi-center, double-blind, randomized controlled trial with 6-month follow-up, we included 58 patients with subacute aphasia (<3 months poststroke), who were enrolled in a stroke rehabilitation program. Patients participated in 2 separate intervention weeks...
March 9, 2018: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Nataliya Omelchenko, Karen L Saban, Pamela Andresen, Audrey Klopp, Janice Lau
The purpose of this project was to develop a community-based volunteer group of peer educators to provide stroke education to local residents aimed at increasing stroke awareness and action readiness using the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's "Empowered to Serve" evidence-based curriculum. The "Don't Miss a Stroke" module addresses the recognition of stroke warning signs, actions to take during a stroke, and stroke prevention. A total of 16 volunteers were recruited and subsequently trained...
April 2018: Journal of Neuroscience Nursing: Journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Marzena Barczuk-Falęcka, Łukasz A Małek, Hubert Krysztofiak, Danuta Roik, Michał Brzewski
Physical training is associated with changes in cardiac morphology called the "athlete's heart", which has not been sufficiently studied in children. The aim of the study was to analyze cardiac adaptation to exercise in pre-adolescent soccer players. Thirty-six soccer players (mean age 10.1 ± 1.4 years) and 24 non-athlete male controls (10.4 ± 1.7 years) underwent cardiac magnetic resonance. Measurements of myocardial mass, end-diastolic and end-systolic volume, stroke volume and ejection fraction for left and right ventricle (LV, RV) were performed...
March 8, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Jun-Xiao Pan, Yan-Ping Chen, Na-Na Wei
OBJECTIVE: To observe the therapeutic effect of balance acupuncture combined with motor relearning training for upper limb and hand functions of stroke patients. METHODS: Sixty-two stroke patients were randomly divided into balance acupuncture group ( n =31) and routine acupuncture group ( n =31). For patients of the balance acupuncture group, Piantan, Jiantong and Wantong points on the healthy side were used. When Jiantong point taken, the acupuncture needle was removed after the patient experienced an electric shock-like spreading needling sensation...
February 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Dan Sun, Wei Xu, Na Chen, Shi-Min Li, Tian Fu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the clinical efficacy of intradermal needle-embedding therapy in the treatment of dysphagia in stroke patients. METHODS: A total of 80 stroke patients with dysphagia were randomly divided into treatment group and control group ( n = 40 in each). The control group was treated with conventional medicines, neuromuscular electrical stimulation of the bilateral midlines of the neck and swallowing function training, and the treatment group treated by intradermal needle-embedding at Lianquan (CV 23), Jialianquan-point, Yifeng (TE 17), Ashi-point, etc...
February 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Michael D Ellis, Carolina Carmona, Justin Drogos, Julius P A Dewald
Background: Progressive abduction loading therapy has emerged as a promising exercise therapy in stroke rehabilitation to systematically target the loss of independent joint control (flexion synergy) in individuals with chronic moderate/severe upper-extremity impairment. Preclinical investigations have identified abduction loading during reaching exercise as a key therapeutic factor to improve reaching function. An augmentative approach may be to additionally target weakness by incorporating resistance training to increase constitutive joint torques of reaching with the goal of improving reaching function by "overpowering" flexion synergy...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
Tai-Wa Liu, Gabriel Y F Ng, Shamay S M Ng
BACKGROUND: The consequences of falls are devastating for patients with stroke. Balance problems and fear of falling are two major challenges, and recent systematic reviews have revealed that habitual physical exercise training alone cannot reduce the occurrence of falls in stroke survivors. However, recent trials with community-dwelling healthy older adults yielded the promising result that interventions with a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) component can simultaneously promote balance and reduce the fear of falling...
March 7, 2018: Trials
Stephanie Hyeyoung Lee, Ji-Yeong Lee, Mi-Young Kim, Yu-Jin Jeon, Suyoung Kim, Joon-Ho Shin
OBJECTIVE: To compare virtual reality (VR) combined with functional electrical stimulation (FES) to cyclic FES for improving upper extremity function and health-related quality of life in patients with a chronic stroke. DESIGN: A pilot, randomized, single blinded, controlled trial. SETTING: Stroke rehabilitation inpatient unit PARTICIPANTS: Forty-eight participants with a hemiplegia secondary to a unilateral stroke for >3 months, with a hemiplegic wrist extensor Medical Research Council (MRC) scale score of 1-3...
March 2, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Tamaya Van Criekinge, Steven Truijen, Chelsea Verbruggen, Lotte Van de Venis, Wim Saeys
OBJECTIVE: A systematic review to examine the effect of static or dynamic trunk training compared to standard care or control therapy on muscle activity and muscle thickness of the trunk and lower limb muscles in stroke survivors. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This review was registered on PROSPERO (no: CRD42017063771) and was written according to the PRISMA guidelines. The search strategy included studies from the first indexed article until September 2017 and was performed in the electronical databases PubMed, Web of Science, Cochrane Library, Ovid Medline and PEDro...
March 5, 2018: Disability and Rehabilitation
Nam G Lee, H You Joshua Sung, Chung H Yi, Hye S Jeon, Bong S Choi, Dong R Lee, Jae M Park, Tae H Lee, In T Ryu, Hyun S Yoon
OBJECTIVES: To compare the effects of conventional core stabilization (CCS) and dynamic neuromuscular stabilization (DNS) on anticipatory postural adjustment (APA) time, balance performance, and fear of falls in chronic hemiparetic stroke. DESIGN: Two-group randomized controlled trial with pretest-posttest design SETTING: Hospital's rehabilitation center. PARTICIPANTS: Twenty-eight adults with chronic hemiparetic stroke INTERVENTION: Participants were randomly divided into either CCS (n=14) or DNS (n=14) groups...
February 21, 2018: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Zhiqiang Huang, Ning Zhao, Zhaoyuan Su, Jiafu Su, Qiang Wu
OBJECTIVE: Based on rehabilitation training, to observe the clinical effect difference between pricking combined with cupping and western medication for elbow flexion spasticity of upper limb of stroke patients. METHODS: Sixty patients were randomly assigned by SPSS software random number generator into a comprehension group and a western medication group, 30 cases in each one. Rehabilitation was used in the two groups. Pricking and cupping were applied at the affected abdominal center of biceps brachii muscle on Tuesday and Friday continuously for 4 weeks in the comprehensive group...
February 12, 2018: Zhongguo Zhen Jiu, Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion
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