Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Whole Body Rotations in the Pitch and Yaw Planes in Children with Cerebral Palsy and Truncal Hypotonia

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Whole Body Rotations in the Pitch and Yaw Planes in Children with Cerebral Palsy and Truncal Hypotonia

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Vestibular rehabilitation programs may be a beneficial form of therapy for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy (CP), particularly for those with significant truncal hypotonia. Abnormal muscle tone is a common diagnostic feature of cerebral palsy and can include hypotonia or hypertonia. Truncal hypotonia results in disturbances of balance and gait and is associated with a decrease in autonomy of function and an increase in dependency. We desired to stimulate the vestibule- spinal system by stimulating the labyrinthine system in multiple planes of rotation at the same time. Eighteen children with cerebral palsy and truncal hypotonia underwent computer controlled multi-axis chair rotation in combinations of whole body pitch and yaw simultaneously over a 40 second profile at 90 deg/sec. Theses sessions were administered 9 times per day for 5 days. All children had post interventional increases in truncal tonus with increased abilities to coordinate truncal musculature. …

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