Benefits of a repetitive facilitative exercise program for the upper paretic extremity after subacute stroke: A randomized controlled trial

Megumi Shimodozono, Tomokazu Noma, Yoshiko Nomoto, Noriaki Hisamatsu, Katsuya Kamada, Ryuji Miyata, Shuji Matsumoto, Atsuko Ogata, Seiji Etoh, Jeffrey R. Basford, Kazumi Kawahira

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Background. Repetitive facilitative exercise (RFE), a combination of high repetition rate and neurofacilitation, is a recently developed approach to the rehabilitation of stroke-related limb impairment. Preliminary investigations have been encouraging, but a randomized controlled evaluation has yet to be performed. Objectives. To compare the efficacy of RFE with that of conventional rehabilitation in adults with subacute stroke. Methods. A total of 52 adults with stroke-related upper-limb impairment (Brunnstrom stage ≥III) of 3 to 13 weeks' duration participated in this randomized, controlled, observer-blinded trial. Participants were randomized into 2 groups and received treatment on a 4-week, 40 min/d, 5 d/wk schedule. Those assigned to RFE received 100 standardized movements of at least 5 joints of their affected upper extremity, whereas those in the control group participated in a conventional upper-extremity rehabilitation program. Primary and secondary outcomes (improvement in group Action Research Arm Test [ARAT] and Fugl-Meyer Arm [FMA] scores, respectively) were assessed at the end of training. Results. In all, 49 participants (26 receiving RFE) completed the trial. ARAT and FMA scores at baseline were 19 ± 21 and 39 ± 21 (mean ± standard deviation). Evaluation at the trial's completion revealed significantly larger improvements in the RFE group than in the control group in both ARAT (F = 7.52; P =.009) and FMA (F = 5.98; P =.019) scores. Conclusions. These findings suggest that RFE may be more effective than conventional rehabilitation in lessening impairment and improving upper-limb motor function during the subacute phase of stroke.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-305
Number of pages10
JournalNeurorehabilitation and Neural Repair
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

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Upper Extremity
Health Services Research
Randomized Controlled Trials
Stroke
Arm
Rehabilitation
Control Groups
Appointments and Schedules
Extremities
Joints
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Action Research Arm Test
  • exercise
  • Fugl-Meyer Arm
  • rehabilitation
  • stroke
  • upper extremity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Rehabilitation
  • Neurology

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Benefits of a repetitive facilitative exercise program for the upper paretic extremity after subacute stroke : A randomized controlled trial. / Shimodozono, Megumi; Noma, Tomokazu; Nomoto, Yoshiko; Hisamatsu, Noriaki; Kamada, Katsuya; Miyata, Ryuji; Matsumoto, Shuji; Ogata, Atsuko; Etoh, Seiji; Basford, Jeffrey R.; Kawahira, Kazumi.

In: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, Vol. 27, No. 4, 05.2013, p. 296-305.

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Shimodozono, M, Noma, T, Nomoto, Y, Hisamatsu, N, Kamada, K, Miyata, R, Matsumoto, S, Ogata, A, Etoh, S, Basford, JR & Kawahira, K 2013, 'Benefits of a repetitive facilitative exercise program for the upper paretic extremity after subacute stroke: A randomized controlled trial', Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 296-305. https://doi.org/10.1177/1545968312465896
Shimodozono, Megumi ; Noma, Tomokazu ; Nomoto, Yoshiko ; Hisamatsu, Noriaki ; Kamada, Katsuya ; Miyata, Ryuji ; Matsumoto, Shuji ; Ogata, Atsuko ; Etoh, Seiji ; Basford, Jeffrey R. ; Kawahira, Kazumi. / Benefits of a repetitive facilitative exercise program for the upper paretic extremity after subacute stroke : A randomized controlled trial. In: Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair. 2013 ; Vol. 27, No. 4. pp. 296-305.
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