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      Noninvasive radioelectric asymmetric conveyor brain stimulation treatment improves balance in individuals over 65 suffering from neurological diseases: pilot study

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          Abstract

          Purpose

          In the elderly population, problems with walking and balance are very common. These problems seriously affect the quality of life of the elderly. When gait and balance problems are caused by neurological disease, these problems can be more serious and difficult to handle. The aim of this pilot study was to verify the effect of a noninvasive radioelectric conveyor asymmetric brain stimulation protocol, named neuropostural optimization (NPO), to improve balance in neurological elderly.

          Patients and methods

          Twelve patients suffering from various neurological diseases participated in this study. They were assessed with the Romberg test, which was performed on a computerized stabilometric platform before, immediately following, and 72 hours after NPO was used to improve balance.

          Results

          The results showed that a stabilization of balance was recorded in all subjects a few minutes after administration of NPO. This stabilization increased 72 hours after treatment.

          Conclusion

          The results show that NPO could be a valuable therapeutic approach to improve sensory-motor strategies and neurological control of balance in elderly patients suffering from various neurological diseases.

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          Journal
          Ther Clin Risk Manag
          Ther Clin Risk Manag
          Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
          Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
          Dove Medical Press
          1176-6336
          1178-203X
          2012
          2012
          17 February 2012
          : 8
          : 73-78
          Affiliations
          [1 ]Department of Neuro Psycho Physio Pathology, Rinaldi Fontani Institute, Florence, Italy
          [2 ]Department of Information Technology and Statistical Analysis, Rinaldi Fontani Institute, Florence, Italy
          Author notes
          Correspondence: Salvatore Rinaldi, Rinaldi Fontani Institute, Viale Belfiore 43, 50144 Florence, Italy, Tel +39 055 290307, Fax +39 055 290399, Email srinaldi@ 123456irf.it
          Article
          tcrm-8-073
          10.2147/TCRM.S28812
          3284218
          22368448
          © 2012 Fontani et al, publisher and licensee Dove Medical Press Ltd.

          This is an Open Access article which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, provided the original work is properly cited.

          Categories
          Original Research

          Medicine

          instability, romberg test, neuropostural optimization, gait, reac, imbalance

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