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. 2018 Aug;54:140-142.
doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2018.04.077.

A Novel Neuromodulation Technique for the Rehabilitation of Balance and Gait: A Case Study

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A Novel Neuromodulation Technique for the Rehabilitation of Balance and Gait: A Case Study

L Eduardo Cofré Lizama et al. J Clin Neurosci. .

Abstract

Cranial-nerve non-invasive neuromodulation (CN-NINM) through the tongue has been proposed as an adjuvant intervention to improve efficacy of rehabilitation. However, CN-NINM effects have only been explored in multiple sclerosis and stroke populations. In this report we used CN-NINM during a 2-week (2 × 1.5 h sessions daily) physiotherapy program for the rehabilitation of a 57 y/o woman presenting with balance and gait impairments after a surgical resection of a fourth ventricular ependymoma. Clinical and instrumented balance and gait assessments showed improved performance in all tests and without adverse effects This study shows the beneficial effects and feasibility of combined physiotherapy and CN-NINM in this patient.

Keywords: Balance; Cranial-nerve; Gait; Neuromodulation; Neurostimulation.

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