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Cerebral palsy (CP) is the most common childhood motor disability. Weakness, spasticity, and loss of dexterity are the major problems in patients with CP. A novel virtual-reality cycling training (VCT) program was to enhance promising muscle strength and motor function through promoting the participant compliance and motivation. Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS), such as repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and transcranial electric stimulation (TES) has potential to augment the training effects in motor neurorehabilitation via the modulation on neuroplasticity. Therefore, this study propose a novel intervention protocol to induce superior benefits on upper extremity (UE) motor function in patients with CP.
This study aims to investigate the augmented effects of VCT on neuromotor control and UE motor function by NIBS in patients with CP. We hypothesize that NIBS can augment the VCT effects on neuromotor control and UE motor function in patients with CP because combined therapy integrated peripheral modification techniques (VCT) and central modulation (NIBS). These effects may further enhance the activity of daily living (ADL), participation, and health related quality of life (HRQOL). This project is executed in the following two phases: to investigate the augmented effects of VCT on neuromotor control and UE motor function in patients with CP by rTMS in phase 1 (0-1.5 years) and tCS in phase 2 (1.5-3 years).
Virtual cycling training, Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, Transcranial electric stimulation
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-09-30T07:07:13-0400
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