Body Awareness Therapy for People With Stroke

Completed

Phase N/A Results

Trial Description

Affected balance capacity is common after a stroke due to paresis and sensory disturbances. The affected balance capacity may cause walking disturbances, falls and decreased mobility. Balance may be improved by physical therapy. A possible method for balance training is body awareness therapy, that was introduced in Sweden by Jacques Dropsy and Gertrud Roxendal. Earlier body awareness therapy was mostly used in psychiatric care but in the recent years the method has been used for people with long-tern pain, amputations and multiple sclerosis. Body awareness therapy includes exercises in lying, sitting and standing. Focus of the exercises are awareness of one´s movement behaviour, breathing patterns, resources and limitations. Postural control is an essential part in the exercises. Body awareness therapy could be used for people with stroke as a way to improve postural control. The aim of this study is to investigate if balance training using body awareness therapy can improve balance and walking in people after stroke. The interventions consists of body awareness therapy once a week for 8 weeks.

Conditions

Interventions

  • Body awareness therapy Procedure
    Intervention Desc: Once a week, 1 hour for 8 weeks.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Body awareness therapy
  • Balance training using Body awareness therapy Other
    Intervention Desc: Once a week, 1 hour for 8 weeks.Body awareness training may be performed by physiotherapist. Exercises are performed in standing, sitting and lying. Exemple of exercies are weight-balancing in standing and relaxation exercises.
    ARM 1: Kind: Experimental
    Label: Body awareness therapy

Trial Design

  • Allocation: Randomized
  • Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
  • Purpose: Treatment
  • Endpoint: Efficacy Study
  • Intervention: Parallel Assignment

Outcomes

Type Measure Time Frame Safety Issue
Primary Timed Up and Go test Change from baseline in Timed Up and Go test at 8 weeks No
Secondary Timed Chair stands Change from baseline in Timed Chair stands at 8 weeks No
Secondary Bergs balance scale Change from baseline in Bergs balance scale at 8 weeks No
Secondary 6 minute walking test Change from baseline in 6 minute walking test at 8 weeks No
Secondary Activities-specific Balance Confidence scale Change from baseline in Activities-specific Balance confidence scale at 8 weeks No
Secondary SF-36 Change from baseline in SF-36 at 8 weeks No
Secondary Activities-specific balance scale Change from baseline in Activities-specific balance scale at 14 weeks No

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