EFFECTIVENESS OF PASSIVE STRETCHING AND FUNCTIONAL STRETCHING IN CHILDREN WITH SPASTIC DIPLEGIC CEREBRAL PALSY

Vetrivel Raja, B Santhosh, Renugadevi
2016 Peer Reviewed Journal International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research Review   unpublished
Cerebral palsy describes a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture, causing activity limitations that are attributed tononprogressive disturbances that occurred in the developing fetal or infant brain. Diplegia is the most common form of spastic CP. The objective of this study is to find out the effectiveness of passive stretching and functional stretching in children with spastic diplegia. The study was conducted in Physiotherapy unit, NIEPMD. 20 children who
more » ... 20 children who satisfied with inclusion criteria were selected through stratified convenient sampling. The subjects were randomly divided into 2 groups. Group A received Physiotherapy program with passive stretching exercises. Group B received Physiotherapy program with functional stretching exercises. Each treatment session lasted for 30-45 minutes for 4 days/week for the total duration of 10 weeks. Spasticity was evaluated using modified ashworth scale for both groups before and after the intervention. The result showed that there was significant reduction in spasticity for both groups in favour of Group B. It was concluded that either functional or passive stretching program was useful to reduce spasticity in spastic diplegia. It was found that effect of functional stretching was comparatively more than passive stretching.
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