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The Balance Concept on Unilateral Vestibular Hypofunction Patients Changes the Balance and Quality of Life

Silvia Maria Sobral Oliveira, Allan Mateus da Silva Lima, Carolina Veiga Pereira, Emily Macedo Mainardi, Gabrielle Woan Hua Seifert Wu, Isis Pinheiro Damasceno, Luciane Lobato Sobral Santos, Rodrigo Santiago Barbosa Rocha, Maryana Therumy Kabuki and Larissa Salgado de Oliveira Rocha

Objective: To evaluate the Balance Concept influence upon balance and quality of life of unilateral vestibular hypofunction (UVH) patients and their self-perception.

Method: 6 patients were selected, both sexes and mean ages 55,33 ± 20,66, and the mean time of UVH basis diagnosis of 4,33 ± 3,32 years, were submitted to exercises based on Balance Concept three times a week, during 12 sessions and assessed by the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Dizzines Handicap Inventory questionnaire and Berg Balance Scale. Shapiro Wilk test and T test sample data (p<0,05) were used.

Results: It was observed on Berg Balance Scale significant increase by comparing pre-treatment over post-treatment (p=0,0059), likewise on Dizzines Handicap Inventory scale, which was significant if comparing pre-treatment and post-treatment rates (p=<0.0001), in the same way, it was reported by the patients, an improvement after the proposed protocol.

Conclusion: The used protocol based on the Balance Concept in this study helped the reduction of dizziness and balance improvement on unilateral vestibular hypo function patients, reflecting directly on their daily activities.