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Valéria R. Silva ; Joseane Marques ; Leonardo C. Carvalho ; Denise H. Iunes ; Simone Botelho ;Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia 2016, 20 3

Author: Natalia M. Martinho

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Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia ISSN: 1413-3555 rbfisio@ufscar.br Associação Brasileira de Pesquisa e PósGraduação em Fisioterapia Brasil Martinho, Natalia M.; Silva, Valéria R.; Marques, Joseane; Carvalho, Leonardo C.; Iunes, Denise H.; Botelho, Simone The effects of training by virtual reality or gym ball on pelvic floor muscle strength in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia, vol.
20, núm.
3, mayo-junio, 2016, pp.
248-257 Associação Brasileira de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação em Fisioterapia São Carlos, Brasil Available in: http:--www.redalyc.org-articulo.oa?id=235046376008 How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in redalyc.org Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative original article The effects of training by virtual reality or gym ball on pelvic floor muscle strength in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial Natalia M.
Martinho1, Valéria R.
Silva1,2, Joseane Marques1,2, Leonardo C.
Carvalho1, Denise H.
Iunes1, Simone Botelho1,2 ABSTRACT | Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of abdominopelvic training by virtual reality compared to pelvic floor muscle training (PFMT) using a gym ball (a previously tested and efficient protocol) on postmenopausal women’s pelvic floor muscle (PFM) strength.
Method: A randomized controlled trial was conducted with 60 postmenopausal women, randomly allocated into two groups: Abdominopelvic training by virtual reality – APT_VR (n=30) and PFMT using a gym ball – PFMT_GB (n=30).
Both types of training were supervised by the same physical therapist, during 10 sessions each, for 30 minutes.
The participants’ PFM strength was evaluated by digital palpation and vaginal dynamometry, considering three different parameters: maximum strength, average strength an...





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