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Neurofeedback and physical balance in Parkinson's patients

Gait & Posture, 2014 May, Vol.40(1), pp.177-181 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Neurofeedback and physical balance in Parkinson's patients
  • Author: Azarpaikan, A ; Torbati, Ht ; Sohrabi, M
  • Found In: Gait & Posture, 2014 May, Vol.40(1), pp.177-181 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Biofeedback
  • Language: English
  • Description: To access, purchase, authenticate, or subscribe to the full-text of this article, please visit this link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.03.179 Byline: Atefeh Azarpaikan [at.azarpaikan@gmail.com] (*), Hamidreza Taherii Torbati, Mehdi Sohrabi Keywords Parkinson's disease; Neurofeedback; Static balance; Dynamic balance Highlights * Neurofeedback training is effective on the dynamic balance of Parkinson's patients. * Neurofeedback training can modify the static balance of Parkinson's patients. * Effect of neurofeedback on static and dynamic balances was similar. * PD patients could to enhance their beta1 and reduce selectively their theta activity. Abstract The primary goal of the present research is to study the effect of a neurofeedback training (NFT) period on balance problems associated with Parkinson's disease. Sixteen patients were selected through purposive sampling and were randomly divided into experimental and control groups. The research procedure included eight sessions. Prior to and after training, pre-tests and post-tests of static and dynamic balance were administered using "limit of stability" for the Biodex as well as the Berg scale. The results revealed that, after neurofeedback training, a statistically significant improvement in both static and dynamic balance in the experimental group was achieved. The means of the Biodex and Berg scores in the experimental group increased from 18.87 to 42.87 and 17.62 to 46.37, respectively. The means of the Biodex and Berg scores in the control group in the pretest were 18.25 and 17.75 and increased to 20.00 and 20.50, respectively. The results suggest that NFT can improve static and dynamic balance in PD patients. Author Affiliation: Department of Motor Behavior, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, P.O. Box: 9177948979, Mashhad, Iran * Corresponding author. Tel.: +98 5118829580; fax: +98 5118829580. Article History: Received 20 July 2013; Revised 17 March 2014; Accepted 22 March 2014
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0966-6362 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.gaitpost.2014.03.179

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