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. 2017 Jan;29(1):168-171.
doi: 10.1589/jpts.29.168. Epub 2017 Jan 30.

Effects of Interactive Metronome Training on Postural Stability and Upper Extremity Function in Parkinson's Disease: A Case Study

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Effects of Interactive Metronome Training on Postural Stability and Upper Extremity Function in Parkinson's Disease: A Case Study

Arim Kim et al. J Phys Ther Sci. .
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Abstract

[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of interactive metronome training on the postural stability and upper extremity function of an individual with Parkinson's disease. [Subject and Methods] The participant of this case study was a 75-year-old female with Parkinson's disease diagnosed 7 years prior. This study was a single-subject research with an A-B-A design. She received IM training during the treatment phase (B phase) for 40 minutes per session. She was assessed pretest and posttest using the Berg balance scale and Wolf motor function test, and at baseline and the treatment phase using the measured box-and-block test and a Tetrax system. [Results] After training, the patient's static and dynamic balance, functional activity, and performance time of the upper extremity improved. Interactive metronome therapy improved the manual dexterity of both hands. Interactive metronome therapy also improved the limit of stability of the Parkinson's disease. [Conclusion] Though a case study, the results of this study suggest that IM therapy is effective at restoring the postural stability and upper extremity function of patients with Parkinson's disease.

Keywords: Parkinson’s disease; Postural stability; Upper extremity.

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