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Vol. 22. Issue 2.
Pages 95-174 (01 March 2018)
Systematic review
Exercise training to reduce sympathetic nerve activity in heart failure patients. A systematic review and meta-analysis
María Javiera Saavedra, Fernando Romero, Jorge Roa, Iván Rodríguez-Núñez
Braz J Phys Ther 2018;22:97-104

  • Heart failure is associated to autonomic dysfunction of cardiovascular system characterized by sympathetic hyperactivity.

  • Exercise intervention promotes mechanisms that restores the autonomic balance.

  • The effects of exercise training on sympathetic nerve activity in heart failure patients have not been summarized.

  • In patients with heart failure, exercise training reduces sympathetic nerve activity compared with non-trained patients.

  • The quality of evidence across the studies was moderate and the heterogeneity across the studies was high.

Do hip muscle weakness and dynamic knee valgus matter for the clinical evaluation and decision-making process in patients with patellofemoral pain?
Nayra Deise dos Anjos Rabelo, Paulo Roberto Garcia Lucareli
Braz J Phys Ther 2018;22:105-9

  • Hip muscle weakness in PFP patients may be consequence and not the cause of pain.

  • Pain and disability may not be associated with kinematics after treatment.

  • Hip muscle weakness may have no causal relationship with dynamic knee valgus.

  • The mechanical factors that may impair the management of PFP are likely to be overestimated.

  • PFP patients should be treated on a biopsychosocial approach.

Original research
Normalization of the trapezius sEMG signal – a reliability study on women with and without neck-shoulder pain
Marina Machado Cid, Leticia Bergamin Januario, Gisele Garcia Zanca, Stela Marcia Mattiello, Ana Beatriz Oliveira
Braz J Phys Ther 2018;22:110-9
Effect of sacroiliac manipulation on postural sway in quiet standing: a randomized controlled trial
Mohammad Reza Farazdaghi, Alireza Motealleh, Forough Abtahi, Andrej Panjan, Nejc Šarabon, Farahnaz Ghaffarinejad
Braz J Phys Ther 2018;22:120-6

  • Postural sway demonstrated no difference between manipulation and sham treatment.

  • Sacroiliac manipulation did not disturb balance as rambling or center of pressure showed no significant change.

  • Sacroiliac manipulation increased trembling frequency and velocity in the manipulation group.

  • Balance changes were shown to be minor with SI manipulation and may be compensated by ankle strategy.

Translation, cross-adaptation and measurement properties of the Brazilian version of the ACL-RSI Scale and ACL-QoL Questionnaire in patients with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction
Laryssa Oliveira Silva, Luana Maria Ramos Mendes, Pedro Olavo de Paula Lima, Gabriel Peixoto Leão Almeida
Braz J Phys Ther 2018;22:127-34

  • The Brazilian versions of ACL-RSI and ACL-QoL were translated and culturally adapted.

  • The Brazilian ACL-RSI and ACL-QoL demonstrated adequate measurement properties.

  • The Brazilian ACL-RSI and ACLQoL are useful outcomes for clinical and research.

Cross-cultural adaptation to Brazilian Portuguese of the Activity Measure for Post-Acute Care (AM-PAC) short forms for outpatients in rehabilitation
Mariana Angélica Peixoto De Souza, Marisa Cotta Mancini, Wendy Jane Coster, Renata Noce Kirkwood, Elyonara Mello De Figueiredo, Rosana Ferreira Sampaio
Braz J Phys Ther 2018;22:135-43

  • AM-PAC evaluate mobility, daily activity and applied cognition, according to ICF.

  • The translation process followed the procedures of specific guidelines.

  • The Brazilian version maintains the original meaning of the AM-PAC items.

  • Short forms of the AM-PAC/Brazil showed satisfactory reliability indices.

Effects of stretching exercise training and ergonomic modifications on musculoskeletal discomforts of office workers: a randomized controlled trial
Ardalan Shariat, Joshua A. Cleland, Mahmoud Danaee, Mehdi Kargarfard, Bahram Sangelaji, Shamsul Bahri Mohd Tamrin
Braz J Phys Ther 2018;22:144-53

  • Ergonomic modification and exercise improve discomfort for office workers.

  • Introduce a package of exercise training that can be used as a treatment for MSDs.

  • Office workers should spend at least 15min each day to do some exercises.

Exercise training improves the IL-10/TNF-α cytokine balance in the gastrocnemius of rats with heart failure
Leonardo Calegari, Ramiro B. Nunes, Bruna B. Mozzaquattro, Douglas D. Rossato, Pedro Dal Lago
Braz J Phys Ther 2018;22:154-60

  • HF increases pro-inflammatory cytokines levels in gastrocnemius.

  • Exercise training reverses the atrophy of gastrocnemius induced by HF.

  • Exercise training increases IL-10 and decreases TNF-α level in gastrocnemius.

Effect of modified bridge exercise on trunk muscle activity in healthy adults: a cross sectional study
Jeong-Oh Yoon, Min-Hyeok Kang, Jun-Seok Kim, Jae-Seop Oh
Braz J Phys Ther 2018;22:161-7

  • Bridge exercise with unstable surface increases trunk muscle activities.

  • Bridge exercise with hip abduction increases trunk muscles activities.

  • Modified bridge exercises are useful for co-activation of trunk muscles.

Effect of the provision of a cane on walking and social participation in individuals with stroke: protocol for a randomized trial
Patrick Roberto Avelino, Lucas R. Nascimento, Kênia K.P. Menezes, Aline A. Scianni, Louise Ada, Luci F. Teixeira-Salmela
Braz J Phys Ther 2018;22:168-73

  • The founds may result in an important advance in neurological rehabilitation.

  • A single-point cane may help improving walking of slow and intermediate walkers after stroke.

  • If walking is enhanced, the benefits may be carried over to participation.

Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy

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