Feldenkrais® and Stroke
Effects of Feldenkrais® Awareness Through Movement on Balance in Adults With Chronic Neurological Deficits Following Stroke: A Preliminary Study
Glenna Batson, PT, MA
Judith E. Deutsch, PhD, PT
The Feldenkrais® Method is a complementary approach to motor learning that purports to induce change in chronic motor behaviors. This preliminary study describes the effects of a Feldenkrais® program on balance and quality of life in individuals with chronic neurological deficits following stroke. Two male (48 and 53 years old) and 2 female participants (61 and 62 years old), 1 to 2.5 years poststroke, participated as a group in a 6-week Feldenkrais® program. Pretest and posttest evaluations of the Berg Balance Scale (BBS),
the Dynamic Gait Index (DGI), and the Stroke Impact Scale (SIS) were administered.
Data were analyzed using aWilcoxon signed-rank test. DGI andBBSscores improved an average of 55.2% (p = .033) and 11% (p = .034), respectively. SIS percentage recovery improved 35%. Findings suggest that gains in functional mobility are possible for individuals with chronic stroke using Feldenkrais® movement therapy in a group setting.
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