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Transcranial direct current stimulation associated with visual and auditory cueing during gait training: A case study with a Parkinson's Disease patient

Pino, Angie; Barria, Patricio; Baleta, Karim; Aguilar, Rolando; Azorín, José M; Múnera, Marcela; Cifuentes, Carlos A

Authors

Angie Pino

Patricio Barria

Karim Baleta

Rolando Aguilar

José M Azorín

Marcela Múnera

Carlos A Cifuentes



Abstract

Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that leads to motor dysfunctions and restricts walking independence. Approaches such as transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and cueing gait are potential rehabilitation strategies that have proven efficient in improving motor function in individuals with PD in preliminary and separate studies. This case study with a single PD patient explores the feasibility and potential effects of combining anodal tDCS (a-tDCS) with visual and auditory cues during 15 gait training sessions. The patient was assessed before the first intervention and after completing all training weeks regarding kinematic parameters of gait, neuronal activation, muscle strength, and functional skills. Results showed a beneficial impact in significantly increasing the participant's speed, stride length, step length, and muscle strength. Furthermore, the decrease in beta brain activity and increase in the delta were associated with a reduction in the effects of the disease, improved motor performance, and shorter functional task times. This study suggests the a-tDCS strategy with double cueing gait can lead to therapeutic potential in relieving the disease's motor symptoms.

Citation

Pino, A., Barria, P., Baleta, K., Aguilar, R., Azorín, J. M., Múnera, M., & Cifuentes, C. A. (in press). Transcranial direct current stimulation associated with visual and auditory cueing during gait training: A case study with a Parkinson's Disease patient.

Conference Name 2024 10th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference for Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob)
Conference Location Heidelberg, Germany
Start Date Sep 1, 2024
End Date Sep 4, 2024
Acceptance Date Apr 30, 2024
Deposit Date Jul 2, 2024
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/12040478