Effect of PNF Combination Patterns on Muscle Activity of the Lower Extremities and Gait Ability in Stroke Patients

PNF 결합패턴이 뇌졸중 환자의 하지 근 활성도 및 보행능력에 미치는 영향

  • Received : 2011.10.11
  • Accepted : 2011.12.20
  • Published : 2012.01.28


The purpose of present study was to determine effects of a PNF combination pattern training on muscle activity of lower extremities and gait ability in hemiparetic subjects. Twenty chronic stroke patients participated. Participants were randomly divided into either control group and experimental group. Experimental group received PNF combination pattern training, four times per a week for six weeks and control group received general exercise training. For the lower limbs muscle activity, RMS of action potential were analyzed and gait ability tests was conducted with 10MWT, DGI and F8WT. For the significance test of control and experimental group for measuring time by exercise application method, two-way repeated measure ANOVA. As the result, muscle activity of RF(p<.05), VM, TA, LH, LG was significantly increased between measurement period(p<.001), In VM, TA, LH, LG, there were interactions each measurement time and between group. 10MWT, DGI, F8WT in gait ability was significantly improved between measurement periods(p<.001) and In 10MWT, DGI, F8W, there were interaction each measurement time and between group. In conclusion, the PNF combination pattern application will be effective strategy to increasing the muscle activity and improving gait ability in the rehabilitation of stroke patients.


Stroke;PNF;PNF combination pattern;Muscle Activity;Gait


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