Standing balance deficits are common after stroke. One way to address these deficits is to provide feedback from a force platform while balance activities are performed.

In this study by researchers at the Ankara Numune Education and Research Hospital in Turkey, combining balance training (using force platform biofeedback) with a conventional rehabilitation program did not provide additional benefits.

First, the details.

  • 41 institutionalized older stroke patients with partial paralysis affecting only one side of the body were randomly assigned to treatment.
  • The control group participated in a conventional stroke inpatient rehabilitation program.
  • The experimental group received 15 sessions of balance training (using force platform biofeedback) in addition to the conventional program.

And, the results.

  • Motor recovery, mobility, and activity level improved significantly in both groups.
  • But there was no difference in improvement between groups.

The bottom line?
By comparison, a Cochrane review concluded, “Force platform feedback (visual or auditory) improved stance symmetry but not sway in standing, clinical balance outcomes or measures of independence.”

6/6/08 22:51 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.