Science – Future of Lithuania / Mokslas – Lietuvos Ateitis, Vol 8, No 6 (2016)

Quantitative Assessment of Dance Therapy Infulence on the Parkinson’s Disease Patients’ Lower Limb Biomechanics

Donatas Lukšys (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania)
Julius Griškevičius (Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, Lithuania)


Parkinson’s disease – progressive neurologic disorder that damages a variety of motor function and reduces the quality of life. Patients with PD are subject to various physical therapy exercises, but recently is applied more often the dance – music therapy. This study aims assessing the therapeutic effect of the modified Lindy Hop dance therapy on lower extremity biomechanics. The experimental study was performed using inertial sensors that registered lower extremity biomechanical parameters during gait. Several spatio-temporal parameters of lower limb were calculated and were found statistically significant between groups, which allows quantifying the influence of dance therapy.

Article in: English

Article published: 2017-01-18

Keyword(s): Parkinson’s disease; gait, dance therapy; inertial senor; the Unified Parkinson’s disease rating scale (UPDRS).

DOI: 10.3846/mla.2016.978

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