EZect of aquatic therapy on balance and gait in stroke survivors: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Nayak, Pradeepa and Mahmood, Amreen and Natarajan, Manikandan and Solomona, John M (2020) EZect of aquatic therapy on balance and gait in stroke survivors: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, 39. pp. 1-11. ISSN 1744-3881

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Abstract

Background: and purpose: The evidence on aquatic therapy (AT) for improving balance and gait deXcits post-stroke is unclear. Therefore, this study aimed to determine the effect of AT on balance and gait in stroke survivors.Methods: We searched CINAHL, PubMed, Web of Science, Aqua4balance, Ewac, Cochrane, and EMBASE databases from inception to 1st November 2019.Results: Eleven studies with 455 participants were included for the review. Meta-analysis showed that AT was effective for improving balance (MD 3.23, 95% CI 1.06, 5.39; p = 0.004; I2 = 61%) and gait speed (MD 0.77,95% CI 0.25, 1.29; p = 0.004; I2 = 0%) when delivered alone. AT was effective in improving cadence (MD 4.41,95% CI 0.82, 8.00; p = 0.02; I2 = 68%) when delivered as an adjunct to land-based therapy.Conclusion: AT may be used to improve balance and gait after stroke; however, the evidence to support its use is still low

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aquatic therapy; Gait; Mobility; Postural balance; Stroke; Water exercises
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Physiotherapy
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2020 04:17
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2020 04:17
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/155419

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