has been shown to lead to higher improvement in balance function compared to conventional training (CT) in stroke patients,[7-11] some authors have suggested that BWSTT
is not superior to C T.[4,12,13] Of note, in these studies, the frequency of BWSTT
and CT were not similar.
Currently, there are several forms of BWSTT
systems differentiated by the attachment of the lifting force to the body.
Patients were randomized into no BWS (Control) group (n=25) and BWSTT
(Experimental) Group (n=25) using coin toss method of randomization for initial patient followed by Systemic random assignment technique.
Reported a Cochrane systematic review of three types of task-oriented training including CIMT, BWSTT
and repetitive or circuit training.
However, the scientific evidence so far suggests that BWSTT
is not better than overground gait training in people with SCI .
Caption: Figure 3: Areas activated by active dorsiflexion: post- versus pre-VR + BWSTT
. The lesioned side is on the left of the image.
Tools such as FES and BWSTT
were utilized to enhance faster speed practice.
and interventions addressing pain and fear may have facilitated an earlier recovery of mobility.
Use of BWSTT
allows individuals to achieve optimal body and joint positioning so they can potentially run safely without injury.
Dr Leigh Hale, School of Physiotherapy, University of Otago, Po Box 56, Dunedin Table of Abbreviations: ATM Acute Transverse Myelitis TMCWG Transverse Myelitis Consortium Working Party MRI Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRC Medical Research Council FIM Functional Independence Measure BBS Berg Balance Scale DGI Dynamic Gait Index CMBS Community Balance and Mobility Scale BWSTT
Bodyweight-supported Treadmill Training Table 1.
Body-weight-supported treadmill training (BWSTT
) enables individuals to walk on a treadmill while a portion of their body weight is supported by a parachute-style harness linked to an overhead pulley system.
Body weight supported treadmill training (BWSTT
) is an intervention based on a neurophysiological rationale of a spinal central pattern generator for locomotion.