Journal of Physical Therapy Science
Online ISSN : 2187-5626
Print ISSN : 0915-5287
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Effects of kinetic chain exercise using EMG-biofeedback on balance and lower extremity muscle activation in stroke patients
Yong Keun ParkJe Ho Kim
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Volume 29 (2017) Issue 8 Pages 1390-1393

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[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of kinetic chain exercise using EMG-biofeedback on balance and lower extremity muscle activation. [Subjects and Methods] For this study, 30 stroke patients participated in this study and they were divided into closed kinetic chain exercise using EMG-biofeedback group (CKCE+EB) and open kinetic chain exercise using EMG-biofeedback group (OKCE+EB), each group consisting of 15 patients. The kinetic chain exercise using EMG-biofeedback was performed by the patients for 20 minutes once a day, 5 days a week, for 6 weeks using an Myo-Ex. BioRescue was used to measure balance ability, while surface EMG was used to measure the lower extremity muscle activation. [Results] According to the results of the comparison within the groups, after the intervention, both groups showed significant increases in the balance ability and lower extremity muscle activation. In the comparisons between the groups, after the intervention, balance ability and lower extremity muscle activation were significantly higher in the CKCE+BE than in the OKCE+EB. [Conclusion] This study showed that closed kinetic chain exercise using EMG-biofeedback is effective for improving balance ability and lower extremity muscle activation in stroke patients.

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