Authors : Rahul shaik, Sameeha Shabnam
Background and Purpose: The early stroke rehabilitation literature raised concerns that resistance training might adversely affect movement performance by increasing spasticity. But no empirical evidence supports these claims. Moreover, there is mounting evidence that progressive resistance strength training is effective in improving muscle strength following stroke. The purpose of the present study was
to examine the effectiveness of task-oriented progressive resistance strength training on lower extremity strength and functional performance
in chronic stroke subjects.
Methodology: Total of 30 patients was divided in to two groups and one group is given strength training and another is given task oriented
strength training. The improvement in step length, staid length, cadence and lower limb muscle strengths were compared between both groups.
Results: The results of this study have revealed that there is no significant change noticed in both the groups with regards to parameters
such as quadriceps (p=0.0657), dorsiflexors strength (p=0.0657), step length (p=0.2413), stride length (p=0.6798), and cadence (p=0.1403).The results indicated no significant difference in gait parameters between groups and the strength improvement is more in
task oriented strength training group.
Conclusion: Both strength training and task oriented strength training are similar in getting effects in functional recovery and strength
gain. This means strength training also as effective as task oriented strength training if the technique of application and specific set of
exercises are not incorporated in task oriented strength training protocols.
Keywords: Stroke Rehabilitation, Task Oriented Strength Training, Strength Training, Lower Limb Recovery