Eurythmy therapy in the aftercare of pediatric posterior fossa tumour survivors--a pilot study

Complement Ther Med. 2013 Apr;21 Suppl 1:S3-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2012.02.007. Epub 2012 Mar 23.


Background: Pediatric posterior fossa brain tumour survivors are burdened with extensive neurologic, emotional, behavioral and mental impairments. Even long-term common remediation therapies such as conventional physical therapy and occupational therapy do not warrant full recovery. Innovative complementary therapy strategies offer a new option that needs evaluation. EYT is a movement therapy that belongs to the field of mind-body therapies (MBTs). This holistic approach aims to promote self-regulation and self-healing powers e.g. in cancer patients. This pilot study is a first attempt to assess the feasibility, treatment adherence and impact of eurythmy therapy (EYT) in pediatric neurooncology.

Methods: Seven posterior fossa tumour survivors who each participated in 25 EYT interventions over 6 months were followed for an additional 6 months. The outcome parameters cognitive functioning, neuromotor functioning and visuomotor integration were assessed at baseline as well as six and 12 months afterwards.

Results: We found good adherence and improvements in cognitive and neuromotor functioning in all children and better visuomotor integration in 5/7 children after 6 months. After 12 months, neuromotor functioning and visuomotor integration diminished again to some extent.

Conclusion: EYT in pediatric cerebellar tumour survivors is feasible and patients may profit from this new approach.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Aftercare
  • Cerebellar Neoplasms / complications
  • Cerebellar Neoplasms / therapy
  • Child
  • Cognition
  • Cognition Disorders / etiology
  • Cognition Disorders / therapy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Infratentorial Neoplasms / complications
  • Infratentorial Neoplasms / psychology
  • Infratentorial Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Male
  • Mind-Body Therapies*
  • Movement*
  • Nervous System Diseases / etiology
  • Nervous System Diseases / therapy*
  • Patient Compliance
  • Pediatrics
  • Survivors*
  • Treatment Outcome