《Chinese Journal of Rehabilitation Theory and Practice》 ›› 2022, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (11): 1349-1354.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1006-9771.2022.11.015

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Effects of horse-riding simulator exercise on post-stroke ataxia

CHI Qianqian1,2,ZHANG Yue1,2,ZHANG Xiaonian1,2()   

  1. 1. Capital Medical University School of Rehabilitation Medicine, Beijing 100068, China
    2. Beijing Bo'ai Hospital, China Rehabilitation Research Center, Beijing 100068, China
  • Received:2021-10-12 Revised:2022-07-25 Published:2022-11-25 Online:2022-12-20
  • Contact: ZHANG Xiaonian E-mail:youthzxn@163.com
  • Supported by:
    Capital Clinical Application Special Project(Z181100001718170)


Objective To explore the effects of horse-riding simulator exercise on posture control, balance, walking and activities of daily living (ADL) in patients with ataxia after posterior circulation stroke.

Methods From September, 2018 to August, 2021, 49 stroke inpatients in Beijing Bo'ai Hospital were randomly divided into control group (n = 27) and exercise group (n = 22). Both groups accepted routine medicine and rehabilitation, while the exercise group accepted horse-riding exercise in addition, for four weeks. They were assessed with International Cooperative Ataxia Rating Scale (ICARS), Fugl-Meyer Assessment-Balance (FMA-B), Berg Balance Scale (BBS), Postural Assessment Scale for Stroke Patients (PASS), Timed 'Up and Go' Test (TUGT) and modified Barthel Index (MBI) before and after treatment.

Results All the indexes improved after treatment in both groups (|t| > 6.019, P < 0.001), while the scores of BBS and PASS, and timed of TUGT were better in the exercise group than in the control group (|t| > 2.212, P < 0.05).

Conclusion Horse-riding simulator exercise can further improve the postural control, balance and walking abilities for patients with ataxia after stroke.

Key words: stroke, ataxia, horse-riding exercise

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