Effects of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement on Balance in Adults With Chronic Neurological Deficits Following Stroke: A Preliminary Study

Glenna Batson, Judith Deutsch

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

15 Scopus citations

Abstract

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 and BBS scores 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-210
Number of pages8
JournalComplementary Health Practice Review
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Complementary and alternative medicine

Keywords

  • Feldenkrais
  • balance
  • complementary medicine
  • stroke

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Effects of Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement on Balance in Adults With Chronic Neurological Deficits Following Stroke: A Preliminary Study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this