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[Is the implementation of Vojta therapy associated with faster gross motor development in children with cerebral palsy? ]

SANZ-MENGIBAR Jose Manuel 1,2, MENENDEZ-PARDIÑAS Monica 3,4, SANTONJA-MEDINA Fernando 2,5

SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

Clinical Neuroscience - 2021;74(09-10)

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18071/isz.74.0329

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[Vojta therapy has been reported as clinically beneficial for strength, movement and gross motor activities in individual cases and is being included within the second of three levels of evidence in interventions for cerebral palsy. The goal of this study is to understand the effect of Vojta therapy on the gross motor function. Our clinical trial followed a one group, pre-post design to quantify rates of changes in GMFM-88 after a two-months period undergoing Vojta therapy. A total of 16 patients were recruited. Post-intervention acceleration rates of GMFM-88-items acquisition (0.005; p<0.001) and Locomotor Stages (1.063; p<0.0001) increased significatively following Vojta the­rapy intervention. In this study, Vojta therapy has shown to accelerate the acquisition of GMFM-88-items and Loco­motor Stages in children with cerebral palsy younger than 18 months. Because functional training was not utilised, and other non-Vojta therapy intervention did not influence the outcome, Vojta therapy seems to activate the postural control required to achieve uncompleted GMFM-88-items. ]

AFFILIATIONS

  1. Balancephysio, London, United Kingdom
  2. Faculty of Medicine, University of Murcia, Spain
  3. acultad de Fisioterapia de la Universidad de A Coruña, Spain
  4. Complejo Hospitalario Universitario, A Coruña, Spain
  5. V. de la Arrixaca University Hospital, Department of Traumatology, Murcia, Spain

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