How does Resistance training help Cerebral Palsy
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. CP is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.
New research suggests that cerebral palsy symptoms may be alleviated by improved muscle strength through resistance training.
The study was designed to analyse how resistance training affects the functioning, activity levels, and participation in children and teenagers diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Of the cerebral palsy patients studied:
- Participants ranged in age from 3 to 22 years old
- The participants were spastic cerebral palsy patients
- 873 patients were studied with 452 patients undergoing resistance training
The results of the study showed substantial improvements in the muscle strength, walking speed, posture, balance, and gross motor function of the resistance training group. The study also showed resistance training was much more effective when compared to other physical therapy techniques.
The purpose of resistance training is to increase the body’s endurance and promote mind-muscle connection. Resistance training helps with the neuromuscular pathway as it requires the mind to send a signal to the muscle to perform a particular exercise and reduces the risk of secondary complications such as muscle contractures. Balance, flexibility, muscle strength, and posture are also improved by resistance training for cerebral palsy patients and has also been linked to improved walking abilities and increased activity levels. For cerebral palsy patients who have trouble moving freely and completing daily tasks, this can be especially beneficial.
It is very important to note that resistance training in cerebral palsy patients should be tailored to each individual to avoid any other complications.