- 関西理学療法 (ISSN:13469606)
- vol.4, pp.87-96, 2004 (Released:2005-03-11)
We encountered 5 patients with cerebrovascular disease, who demonstrated shortening of the trunk muscle. We thought that the shortening was caused by primary low muscle tone. We investigated whether there was an effect on sitting and walking postures by stretching the shortening muscles. So we stretched these muscles at first. But we could not obtain good effect on either static sitting or walking postures. Then we selected one patient, and tried using weight shifting during sitting with sufficient muscle contraction. As a result, we could acquire improvement in both sitting and walking postures. From the above investigation, it was suggested that both stretching the shortened muscles and performing physical therapy based on normal movements were important therapeutic exercise for patients with cerebrovascular disease.