Analysis of trunk muscles activity during horseback riding machine exercise in children with spastic cerebral palsy

Medicine (Baltimore). 2022 Dec 30;101(52):e31915. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000031915.

ABSTRACT

Appropriate trunk muscle activity is needed to perform functional activities in cerebral palsy, this study analyzed the activity of trunk muscles during horseback riding machine exercise in children with spastic cerebral palsy. 10 children with spastic cerebral palsy were participated, the activity of the trunk muscles, including both sides of the rectus abdominis, external oblique, latissimus dorsi, and erector spinae in sitting posture and during horseback riding machine exercise were evaluated using a surface electromyography. The activity of bilateral rectus abdominis, external oblique, latissimus dorsi, and erector spinae increased during horseback riding machine exercise than quiet sitting posture. Moreover, there were significant differences in activities of the trunk muscles between the sitting posture and horseback riding machine exercise, with the exception of the left external oblique and the left latissimus dorsi. Horseback riding machine exercise provides more opportunities to use the trunk muscles for children with spastic cerebral palsy than general sitting posture. In future, it will be of use to investigate the effect of horseback riding machine exercise in patients with cerebral palsy.

PMID:36595990 | DOI:10.1097/MD.0000000000031915

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