Transcranial stimulation combined with upper limb functional training in children with spastic, hemiparetic cerebral palsy: a study protocol
Cerebral palsy is a term used for motor development disorders stemming from a primary brain lesion that are permanent and mutable, causing secondary musculoskeletal problems and limitations regarding activities of daily living.
Motor impairment is the main manifestation of cerebral palsy, leading to abnormal body biomechanics.
This study was designed to perform a comparative analysis of functional training effects for the paretic upper limb with and without transcranial direct current stimulation over the primary motor cortex in children with spastic hemiparetic cerebral palsy.
This evaluation protocol involved three-dimensional movement analysis and electromyography using the SMART-D 140® system and the FREEEMG® system, to assess functional mobility and to measure movement resistance and spasticity, together with the level of performance.
Evidence of this study may contribute to the use of transcranial stimulation for this population underlining the effectiveness of this treatment combination.