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Effects of mental practice on balance in elderly women.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  4034667     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This experimental field study examined the potential usefulness of mental practice for improving physical performance in health care. Ideokinetic facilitation, which involves the use of idealized visual and kinesthetic mental images, was used as mental practice. Thirty-six women over the age of 70 were assigned to one of three intervention groups: Group A, nonsense; Group B, relaxation; or Group C, ideokinetic facilitation. Baseline and final measures of one-legged balance time were compared after a three-day intervention period. Results showed significant improvement between baseline and final measures within Group C only (t = 2.64, p less than or equal to .05). The improvement in Group C, however, was not significantly more than the improvement in Groups A and B. This study suggests that mental practice of a physical task can improve performance and may be of use to the physical therapy clinician.
C L Fansler; C L Poff; K F Shepard
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical therapy     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0031-9023     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Ther     Publication Date:  1985 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-10-15     Completed Date:  1985-10-15     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0022623     Medline TA:  Phys Ther     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1332-8     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Muscles / physiology
Physical Therapy Modalities*
Postural Balance*
Practice (Psychology)*

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