Point-of-care-testing of standing posture with Wii balance board and Microsoft Kinect during transcranial direct current stimulation: a feasibility study.

  • Dutta A
  • Chugh S
  • Banerjee A
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BACKGROUND: Non-invasive brain stimulation (NIBS) is a promising tool for facilitating motor function. NIBS therapy in conjunction with training using postural feedback may facilitate physical rehabilitation following posture disorders (e.g., Pusher Syndrome).

OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this study were, 1) to develop a low-cost point-of-care-testing (POCT) system for standing posture, 2) to investigate the effects of anodal tDCS on functional reach tasks using the POCT system.

METHODS: Ten community-dwelling elderly (age >50 years) subjects evaluated the POCT system for standing posture during functional reach tasks where their balance score on Berg Balance Scale was compared with that from Center-of-Mass (CoM) - Center-of-Pressure (CoP) posturography. Then, in a single-blind, sham-controlled study, five healthy right-leg dominant subjects (age: 26.4 ± 5.3 yrs) were evaluated using the POCT system under two conditions - with anodal tDCS of primary motor representations of right tibialis anterior muscle and with sham tDCS.

RESULTS: The maximum CoP-CoM lean-angle was found to be well correlated with the BBS score in the elderly subjects The anodal tDCS strongly (p = 0.0000) affected the maximum CoP excursions but not the return reaction time in healthy.

CONCLUSION: It was concluded that the CoM-CoP lean-line could be used for posture feedback and monitoring during tDCS therapy in conjunction with balance training exercises.

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  • Adult
  • Adulto
  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Computer-Assisted
  • Electric Stimulation
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy
  • Electric Stimulation Therapy: methods
  • Electric Stimulation: methods
  • Equilíbrio Postural
  • Estimulação Elétrica
  • Estudos de Viabilidade
  • Fatores Etários
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Female
  • Feminino
  • Humanos
  • Humans
  • Idoso
  • Male
  • Masculino
  • Meia-Idade
  • Middle Aged
  • Método Simples-Cego
  • Point-of-Care Systems
  • Point-of-Care Systems: economics
  • Postura
  • Postural Balance
  • Postural Balance: physiology
  • Posture
  • Posture: physiology
  • Processamento de Sinais Assistido por Computador
  • Signal Processing
  • Single-Blind Method
  • Sistemas Automatizados de Assistência Junto ao Lei
  • Software
  • Terapia por Estimulação Elétrica

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  • Anirban Arindam Dutta

  • Sanjay Chugh

  • Alakananda Banerjee

  • Anirban Arindam Dutta

  • Dutta A

  • Chugh S

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