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Balance Training with Electromyogram-Triggered Functional Electrical Stimulation in the Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients

Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health Science, Kyungdong University, Gangwon-do 24764, Korea
Brain Sci. 2020, 10(2), 80; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci10020080
Received: 17 January 2020 / Revised: 28 January 2020 / Accepted: 31 January 2020 / Published: 2 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Collection Collection on Clinical Neuroscience)
This study was conducted to investigate the effects of balance training with electromyogram-triggered functional electrical stimulation (EMG-triggered FES) to improve static balance, dynamic balance, and ankle muscle activation in stroke patients. Forty-nine participants (>6 months after stroke) were randomly assigned to the experimental group (n = 25) and the control group (n = 24). The experimental group underwent balance training with EMG-triggered FES for 40 min a day, 5 days a week, for a 6-week period in addition to general rehabilitation. The control group underwent balance training without EMG-triggered FES along with conventional therapy. Outcome measures included static balance ability, dynamic balance ability, and leg muscle activation. The static and dynamic balance abilities were significantly improved after intervention in both groups (p < 0.05), although the experimental group showed considerably greater improvement than the control group (p < 0.05). Leg muscle activation on the affected side resulted in significant improvements in the experimental group (p < 0.05) when compared with baseline but not in the control group. Balance training with EMG-triggered FES is an acceptable and effective intervention to improve the static balance, dynamic balance, and ankle muscle activation in stroke patients. View Full-Text
Keywords: stroke; electric stimulation therapy; postural balance; rehabilitation stroke; electric stimulation therapy; postural balance; rehabilitation
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Lee, K. Balance Training with Electromyogram-Triggered Functional Electrical Stimulation in the Rehabilitation of Stroke Patients. Brain Sci. 2020, 10, 80.

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