International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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ISSN: 2319-7064

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Research Paper | Medicine Science | India | Volume 3 Issue 7, July 2014 | Rating: 6.7 / 10

A Comparative Study on the Effect of Resistance Training and PNF to Improve Balance in Parkinson's Patients ? A Randomized Clinical Trial

Arpita Gholap | Jeba Chitra

Abstract: Introduction: Disorders of posture & gait due to balance impairment are a major source of functional disability in individuals with Parkinsons disease (PD). Fear of fall is commonly seen in them. Regular physical exercise therapy can be beneficial to maintain & improve strength, balance, gait speed and quality of life in them. Objective: To study & compare the effectiveness of Resistance training and Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) technique to improve balance in PD. Methods: 30 participants of 40-70 years age, having Parkinsons disease were recruited in this study. They were allocated into 2 groups and treated with Resistance training and PNF technique along with balance training for specific balance impairments for 16 sessions over a period of 4 weeks. Outcome measures were Timed up and Go test and Berg Balance Scale score which were assessed before and after the intervention session. Results: The results showed improvement in balance for both the groups A and B. But, there was better improvement in balance for berg balance scale (BBS) score and timed up & go (TUG) test in resistance training group than PNF group. Conclusion: Resistance training & PNF technique are effective in improving balance in PD patients; prior is beneficial.

Keywords: Resistance Training, Balance, PNF, Parkinsons disease

Edition: Volume 3 Issue 7, July 2014,

Pages: 1535 - 1539

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