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Effects of Combined Postural Correction Exercises on Selected Muscle Activity and Stiffness in Children With Cerebral Spastic Diplegia: Case Study

융합적 자세교정치료가 뇌성경직양측마비 아동의 선택된 근육 활성도와 강직도에 미치는 영향: 사례연구

  • Received : 2017.12.13
  • Accepted : 2018.02.20
  • Published : 2018.02.28

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the short-term effects of combined postural correction exercises (CPCE) on muscle stiffness and muscle activity in children with cerebral spastic diplegia(CSD). The subjects were 3 children (2 male and 1 female) with CSD from 4 to 7 years old. The measurement sites were upper trapezius muscle(UT), rectus abdominis muscle(RA), and gluteus maximus muscle(Gmax), muscle stiffness and muscle activity were measured using Myoton and surface EMG, and the symmetry of both sides was also examined. As a result, children with severe compensatory action showed decreased muscle stiffness and muscle activity in UT and RA and increase in Gmax after CPCE intervention. Especially, the left and right symmetry of the muscles was decreased. In this study, despite some limitations, CPCE have shown a positive effect in posture correction of children with CSD.

Keywords

Case study;Cerebral spastic diplegia;Muscle activity;Stiffness;Short-term effect

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Acknowledgement

Supported by : Korea Sanhak Foundation