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J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2014 Jul;23(6):1269-74. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2013.10.029. Epub 2014 Apr 26.

Influence of posturographic platform biofeedback training on the dynamic balance of adult stroke patients.

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1
Department of Theory of Physical Education and Anthropomotorics, University School of Physical Education in Poznań, Poznań, Poland. Electronic address: jmaciaszek@awf.poznan.pl.
2
Neurological Rehabilitation Unit, Rehabilitation Center of the Hospital in Białogard, Poland.

Abstract

The aim of the experiment was to analyze the influence of posturographic platform biofeedback training on the dynamic balance of patients who experienced ischemic stroke. The study included 21 patients treated at the Rehabilitation Center of the District Hospital in Białogard, in the Ward of Neurological Rehabilitation with the Stroke Division. The age of the patients (11 in the experimental and 10 in the control group) ranged between 55 and 65 years. The level of dynamic balance was determined with Timed Up and Go Test. The experimental group was subjected to the biofeedback training, practicing maintenance of body balance (forced sway training) on posturographic platform for 15 consecutive days. The perception of dynamic balance in the group subjected to biofeedback training improved to a markedly greater extent (P < .05) as compared with conventionally rehabilitated group. Participation in biofeedback training exerted stronger effect on the dynamic balance of patients who experienced the stroke of the left hemisphere with right-sided hemiparesis than in those with right hemisphere stroke and left-sided hemiparesis. The utilization of feedback mechanisms during training on a posturographic platform can be reflected by enhanced stimulation and further improvement of the control of performed motor tasks.

KEYWORDS:

Stroke; adults; biofeedback; body balance; posturography

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