Comparative Study Using Functional and Stabilometric Evaluation of Balance in Elderly Submitted to Conventional Physiotherapy and Wii-rehabilitation
- *Corresponding Author:
- João Paulo Alves do Couto
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University Camilo Castelo Branco
Parque Tecnologico de Sao Jose dos Campos
Road Doctor Altino Bondesan, 500
Melo Eugenius-São José dos Campos-SP Brazil
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: March 01, 2016; Accepted date: May 04, 2016; Published date: May 10, 2016
Citation: do Couto JPA, do Nascimento ML, Neto OP (2016) Comparative Study Using Functional and Stabilometric Evaluation of Balance in Elderly Submitted to Conventional Physiotherapy and Wii-Rehabilitation. Physiother Rehabil 1:109. doi:10.4172/2573-0312.1000109
Copyright: © 2016 do Couto JPA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Objective: To analyze and compare the benefits and advantages of using the Nintendo® WII console software and conventional physiotherapy for improving the balance in the elderly. Materials and methods: Sixteen elders, divided in 2 groups according to the received treatment (conventional physiotherapy or Wii-based rehabilitation), had their balance evaluated by 4 methods, by using the Berg balance scale, the functional reach, the “time up and go” test, and stabilometry. Results: Berg balance scale scores improved for the Wii-based rehabilitation group. Larger body displacement towards the frontal region was observed in the functional reach test for the participants treated with Wii-based rehabilitation. Decreased time for completing the “time up and go” test was observed for Wii-based rehabilitation. Stabilometric data revealed no significant differences between the two groups or between the different evaluations. Conclusions: We conclude that the Wii-based rehabilitation treatment was more effective in improving balance functional parameters than a more traditional physiotherapy protocol for older adults.