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Akbari Kamrani A A, Azadi F, Akbari Kamrani M, Pezhmanfard P, Siyadat S. The Effect of Romberg Exercise on Falling Episodes of Elderlies With History of Past Fallings. Salmand. 2007; 2 (2) :246-251
URL: http://salmandj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-2-en.html

1- PhD Iranian Research Centre on Ageing, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Tehran, Iran.
2- PhD
Abstract:   (7145 Views)

Objectives: To investigate the effect of Romberg exercise on balance improvement in elderly persons, 70 elderly persons with the history of two or more falling during recent 3 months were selected from Kahrizak nursing home in Tehran (38 as cases and 32 as controls).

Methods & Materials : Romberg exercise was done in case group every day (45 minute per day and one time each day) for 3 months. Among all persons, 28 persons in case group and 21 persons in control group were followed for 6 months and incidence and frequency of falling were assessed during this time.

Results: The Incidence of one or more falling in case and control groups was 31.3% and 47.6% in men and 57.9% and 27.3% in women, respectively. We found no significant relation between gender and the incidence of falling (P=0.460). Also, no significant relation was found between age and incidence (P=0.554) and frequency of falling (P=0.144) in elderly persons.

Conclusion: Although the effect of Romberg exercise on improvement of balance disturbance and falling was not demonstrated, it needs additional studies with larger sample size and longer follow-up.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: General
Received: 2007/03/01 | Accepted: 2007/05/01 | Published: 2007/07/01

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