NDT-Bobath method in post-stroke rehabilitation in adults aged 42–55 years – Preliminary findings
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Rehabilitation Clinic, The 10th Military Clinical Hospital with Polyclinic, Bydgoszcz, Poland
Disorders of Consciousness Research and Neurorehabilitation Unit, Neurocognitive Laboratory, Centre for Modern Interdisciplinary Technologies, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland
Submission date: 2014-07-20
Acceptance date: 2015-03-05
Online publication date: 2015-04-19
Publication date: 2020-03-26
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Emilia Mikołajewska   

Powstańców Warszawy 5, 85-681 Bydgoszcz, Poland. Tel.: +48 725 889 909.
Pol. Ann. Med. 2015;22(2):98-104
Stroke is among the leading causes of death in both developed and developing countries. Although stroke is perceived predominantly as a disease of middle aged and older people, its occurrence in younger people is not rare, influencing all aspects of young people's lives, including the ability to work.

Pilot study – a single group before-and-after preliminary study to investigate the feasibility of conducting a larger randomized controlled trial investigation of the efficacy of the NDT-Bobath method with the younger adult stroke survivor population.

Material and methods:
Patients were admitted to the neurological rehabilitation unit after ischemic stroke. Ten sessions of the NDT-Bobath therapy were provided within 2 weeks, constituting 10 days of the therapy. The therapy was performed every day for 5 days a week. Measurements of the Ashworth Scale, the Bobath Scale, the Barthel Index, gait velocity, cadence and stride length were conducted twice: on admission, and after the last session of the rehabilitation.

Results and discussion:
Statistically significant and favorable changes in the muscle tone, hand functions, selected activities of daily living, gait velocity, cadence and stride length have been observed.

Findings confirm that the NDT-Bobath method for adults may be perceived as a promising form of post-stroke rehabilitation in young adults.

None declared.
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