Thursday, December 2, 2010

Improving Postural Control in Sitting

Physical Therapy published research that compared two interventions to improve postural control in sitting between two groups of infants with cerebral palsy. Thirty five infants were assigned to either a home program or a perceptual motor intervention. The infants on the home program has a mean age of 15.5 months and were seen 1x/week for 8 weeks. The infants who receiving the perceptual motor program had a mean age of 14.3 months and were seen for 2x/week for 8 weeks. The results indicated that both groups made gains on the Gross Motor Function Measure. With regards to center of pressure measurements in sitting, the infants who received the perceptual motor program had an advantage.

Reference: Regina T. Harbourne, Sandra Willett, Anastasia Kyvelidou, Joan Deffeyes, and Nicholas Stergion A Comparison of Interventions for Children With Cerebral Palsy to Improve Sitting Postural Control: A Clinical Trial
PHYS THER December 2010 90:1881-1898; published ahead of print October 21, 2010, doi:10.2522/ptj.2010132

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