The Effects of Core Stability on Postural Control, Balance and Upper Motor Function in Patients with Stroke

CORE 안정성 훈련이 뇌졸중 환자의 자세조절, 균형 및 상지기능에 미치는 효과

  • Lee, Byoung-Hee (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Sahm-Yook University) ;
  • Kim, Seong-Yeol (Dept. of Physical Therapy, Sahm-Yook University) ;
  • Lee, Jong-Soo (Dept. of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine, College of Oriental Medicine, Kyung-Hee University)
  • 이병희 (삼육대학교 물리치료학과) ;
  • 김성렬 (삼육대학교 물리치료학과) ;
  • 이종수 (경희대학교 한방재활의학과교실)
  • Received : 2009.06.25
  • Accepted : 2009.07.15
  • Published : 2009.07.31


Objectives : The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of core stability training on postural control and balance of hemiplegia patients who are difficult to control posture due to stroke. Methods : Subjects of the study were consisted of 25 adult hemiplegia patients(experimental 12, control 13) who were receiving rehabilitation therapy in hospital. Its group had a core stability training program by a physical therapists for 40 minutes, five times a week for nine-week period. Measurements of postural assessment scale for stroke(PASS), berg balance scale(BBS) and manual function test(MFT) were evaluated at initial presentation(pretest) and after completion of the each therapy program(posttest). Independent t-test and paired t-test was utilized to detect the mean difference between the groups. Results : Firstly, the result of PASS showed that postural control was significantly increased after the completion of core stability training(p<.01). Secondly, the result of BBS showed that balance control was significantly increased after the completion of core stability training(p<.01) and general physical therapy(p<.01). Lastly, the result of MFT showed that upper extremity's motor function was significantly increased after the completion of core stability training(p<.001). Conclusions : This study showed that core stability training is an effective treatment strategy on postural control, balance and upper extremity's motor function.


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