The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

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

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Task-oriented biofeedback improves gait in stroke patients

    Researchers from the Don Gnocchi Foundation I.R.C.C.S., in Milan, Italy tell us electromyographic biofeedback (EMG-BFB) shows equivocal benefits on gait retraining after stroke.

    In this study they evaluated EMG-BFB applied in a task-oriented approach to increase peak ankle power of the affected leg and gait velocity in patients with hemiparesis.

    First, the details.

    • 20 patients with chronic mild-to-moderate partial paralysis affecting only one side of the body were randomly assigned to EMG-BFB or a control group that received conventional therapy.
    • EMG-BFB involved the triceps surae during functional gait activities.
    • Treatment was administered with a fading frequency of BFB application and an increasing variability in gait activities.
    • Both groups had 20 treatments of 45 minutes each, including at least 15 minutes of walking-related therapy for the control group.
    • Follow-up gait analysis was obtained 6 weeks after training.

    And, the results.

    • BFB treatment led to significant increases in peak ankle power at push-off with significant increases in velocity and stride length.
    • The increases remained significant at 6 weeks.
    • The control group showed no improvement.

    The bottom line?

    The authors concluded, “A task-oriented BFB treatment was effective.”

    They would like to see studies in more severely impaired patients.

    1/8/10 22:00 JR

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