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      The effect of Monkey Chair and Band exercise system on shoulder range of motion and pain in post-stroke patients with hemiplegia


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          [Purpose] A simple rehabilitation device system for strengthening upper limb muscles in hemiplegic patients was developed. This system, which stimulates active exercise while accounting for intensity, time, and frequency, was examined in the present pilot study. [Subjects and Methods] Patients had shoulder pain and limited shoulder movement. Changes in range of motion (ROM) and scores of a visual analog scale (VAS) for pain were evaluated in the experimental and control groups every four weeks for twelve weeks. The modified motor assessment scale (MMAS) was used before and after experiments. [Results] Significant differences between experimental times in ROM for shoulder flexion, abduction, and adduction on the paralyzed side were observed in the experimental group at every time point. Pain VAS scores in the experimental group improved progressively and significantly with time, indicating a consistently increasing effect of exercise. There were significant differences between the MMAS scores before and after completion of the program in the experimental group. [Conclusion] Muscle strengthening is important in hemiplegic patients, and active exercise was more efficient than passive exercise in this regard. Rehabilitation with the Monkey Chair and Band system may represent an efficient and important tool in upper limb training and comprehensive modern rehabilitation therapy.

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              To assess the effects of a community-based exercise program on motor recovery and functional abilities of the paretic upper extremity in persons with chronic stroke. Randomized controlled trial. Rehabilitation research laboratory and a community hall. A sample of 63 people (> or =50y) with chronic deficits resulting from stroke (onset > or =1y). The arm group underwent an exercise program designed to improve upper-extremity function (1h/session, 3 sessions/wk for 19wk). The leg group underwent a lower-extremity exercise program. The Wolf Motor Function Test (WMFT), Fugl-Meyer Assessment (FMA), hand-held dynamometry (grip strength), and the Motor Activity Log. Multivariate analysis showed a significant group by time interaction (Wilks lambda=.726, P=.017), indicating that overall, the arm group had significantly more improvement than the leg group. Post hoc analysis demonstrated that gains in WMFT (functional ability) (P=.001) and FMA (P=.001) scores were significantly higher in the arm group. The amount of improvement was comparable to other novel treatment approaches such as constraint-induced movement therapy or robot-aided exercise training previously reported in chronic stroke. Participants with moderate arm impairment benefited more from the program. The pilot study showed that a community-based exercise program can improve upper-extremity function in persons with chronic stroke. This outcome justifies a larger clinical trial to further assess efficacy and cost effectiveness.

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                J Phys Ther Sci
                J Phys Ther Sci
                Journal of Physical Therapy Science
                The Society of Physical Therapy Science
                31 August 2016
                August 2016
                : 28
                : 8
                : 2232-2237
                [1) ] Department of Dance, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea
                [2) ] Korea Institute of Industrial Technology, Republic of Korea
                [3) ] Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
                [4) ] The Graduate School of Industry, Sejong University, Republic of Korea
                [5) ] Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medical School, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea
                Author notes
                [* ]Corresponding author. Kyu Hoon Lee, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, College of Medical School, Hanyang University: 222-1 Wangsimni-ro, Seongdong-gu, Seoul 04763, Republic of Korea. (E-mail: dumitru1@ 123456hanyang.ac.kr )
                2016©by the Society of Physical Therapy Science. Published by IPEC Inc.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives (by-nc-nd) License.

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                monkey chair and band system,upper extremity,stroke
                monkey chair and band system, upper extremity, stroke


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