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J Phys Ther Sci. 2014 Feb;26(2):219-21. doi: 10.1589/jpts.26.219. Epub 2014 Feb 28.

The effect of trunk stabilization exercises using a sling on the balance of patients with hemiplegia.

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Department of Physical Therapy, College of Rehabilitation Science, Daegu University, Republic of Korea.

Abstract

[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of trunk stabilization exercise using a saing on the balance ability of patients with hemiplegia. [Subjects] Forty patients with hemiplegia resulting from stroke were divided into a sling exercise group (SEG, n=20) and a mat exercise group (MEG, n=20). [Methods] The SEG conducted the trunk stabilization exercise using a sling, and the MEG performed the trunk stabilization exercise on a mat. [Results] The balance ability of both groups significantly improved. Although there were no significant differences between the groups, the SEG showed a greater reduction in the sway area (SA) and the sway length (SL) of the center of the pressure compared to the MEG. [Conclusion] We recommend trunk stabilization exercise using a sling as a clinical intervention to improve the balance ability of patients with hemiplegia.

KEYWORDS:

Hemiplegia; Sling; Trunk stabilization exercise

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