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Effects of Balance Training Using a Virtual Reality Program in Hemiplegic Patients

Authors
 Jung-Ah Kwon  ;  Yoon-Kyum Shin  ;  Deok-Ju Kim  ;  Sung-Rae Cho 
Citation
 INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, Vol.19(5) : 2805, 2022-02 
Journal Title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH
ISSN
 1661-7827 
Issue Date
2022-02
MeSH
Activities of Daily Living ; Exercise Therapy / methods ; Hemiplegia ; Humans ; Postural Balance ; Quality of Life ; Video Games* ; Virtual Reality*
Keywords
Wii Fit balance training ; balance confidence ; health-related quality of life ; hemiplegic patients
Abstract
Therapeutic goals for hemiplegic patients with neurological impairments are mainly focused on improving their independent lives. Based on the previously reported effectiveness of Wii Fit balance training, this study investigated the most influential outcomes after long-term intensive training (including balance and functional factors) on quality of life in hemiplegic patients. The intervention group (n = 21) received Nintendo Wii Fit balance training under supervision, and control group (n = 20) received conventional balance training by an occupational therapist. Two groups were matched based on age and onset duration. Both groups received a total of 15 treatments for 30 min per session, twice a week for 8 weeks. There were significant improvements not only in balance confidence and activities of daily living, but also in body composition, such as fat proportion and metabolic rate, in the intervention group compared to the control group (p < 0.05). In particular, balance confidence significantly affected EuroQoL Visual Analogue Scale according to stepwise multiple regression analyses in this study. These results demonstrated that Wii Fit balance training using virtual reality improved the quality of life of hemiplegic patients while overcoming the asymmetrical weight distribution of the affected side via the self-modulating biofeedback exercises.
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DOI
10.3390/ijerph19052805
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine (재활의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Shin, Yoonkyeom(신윤겸)
Cho, Sung-Rae(조성래) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1429-2684
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/188348
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