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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 14-18

Effect of libra balance board exercises versus pilates on dynamic balance, gait, and quality of life in stroke subjects: A randomized clinical trial


Department of Neuro Physiotherapy, KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Belagavi, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Neeraja Vijay Deshmuk
KAHER Institute of Physiotherapy, Nehrunagar, Belagavi - 590 010, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijptr.ijptr_34_19

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Background and Objectives: Stroke survivors are more prone for sensorimotor impairments such as dynamic balance and gait disabilities resulting in physical disabilities, striking a major socioeconomic burden on the family and society, if the goals of the rehabilitation are inappropriate. The present study aimed to compare the effect of Libra balance board exercises and Pilates exercises on dynamic balance, gait, and quality of life in subacute and chronic stroke patients. Materials and Methods: The present study was a randomized clinical trial that included 34 individuals, 17 in each group with subacute and chronic stroke in the age group of 40–65 years. All the patients having Brunnstrom voluntary control grades 3–5. Intervention included Libra balance board exercises and Pilates exercises for 30 min, five sessions per week over a period of 4 weeks. Patients were assessed at the baseline using Berg Balance Scale, Dynamic Gait Index, Activity-specific Balance Confidence Scale, and Stroke-specific Quality of Life Scale and reassessed after 4 weeks. Results: There was statistical significance in all the outcome measures in both the groups with P < 0.0001. However, Berg balance score showed statistical significance (P ≤ 0.001) in Group A with P < 0.05 when compared between the two groups. Conclusion: The study concluded that both Libra balance board exercises and Pilates exercises were beneficial in the enhancement of dynamic balance, gait, and quality of life in patients with subacute and chronic stroke


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