Evaluation Of A Treatment With Suspension Therapy Post Treatment

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The statistical data was treated to show the mean and the standard deviation (SD). Student t-test was then applied to examine the significance of the treatment of each group. No significance was observed when comparing the pretreatment mean values of the two groups showing high values in the stability indices and indicating all participants had balance problems. When comparing the mean and the SD each group pre and post treatment, both groups showed improvement (reduction in values) and statistically significance in all stability indices: O SI 1.122 ± 0.153 pre, 0.718 ± 0.089 post, AP SI 0.899± 0.258 pre and 0.427 ± 0.057 post and ML SI 1.043± 0.110 pre and 0.711 ± 0.103 for group # 1 WBV; the group # 2 suspension was at followed: O SI…show more content…
Strengths of this trial included the randomization of participants into equal groups, use of parametric tests, use of non- investigator testers, use of the Biodex Stability System identified as an effective assessment to stimulate the use of dynamic conditions and detect the presence of balance disorders (Revel, Mingret, & Ergory, 1994), assent from children participants along with consent from parents, and the use of a test session to limit participants’ apprehension toward the vibration and the suspension treatment. Trial limitations were small sample size, use of convenience sample; participants coming from the same source, lack of definition of “frequent falling” and the use in the inclusion criteria of a balance test geared mostly to the elderly.
Although both groups improved postural stability, balance, and coordination of the body, based on the results, suspension therapy also appears to facilitate vestibular responses by stimulating the otolith organs positively affecting the vestibule - ocular and vestibule - spinal reflexes acting on the head and extremities to maintain posture (Rine, 2007), showing WBV to be less effective in children with hemiparetic CP when comparing it with suspension therapy.
Ruck, J., Chabot, G., & Rauch, F. (2010) executed a six month randomized controlled study comparing children receiving school physical therapy (PT) services and children getting the same program plus whole body vibration (WBV).
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