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Stroke is a complex pathology with many clinical presentations with unique impairments and activity limitations. Physiotherapy has a massive impact on quality of life of a stroke survivor. Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) is a rehabilitation technique used to stimulate the neuromuscular system in an effort to excite proprioceptors (sensory organs in muscles, tendons, bones, and joints) in order to produce a desired movement. It has a greater impact on trunk control. The aim of the study is to evaluate the effect of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation of trunk in improving balance of trunk in stroke patients. Twenty stroke patients within the age between 60 to 70 years, were recruited for study. All patients were assigned proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation of trunk for 4 weeks. Pre and post test scores were analysed. Inclusion criteria are patients with 60-70 years of age of both the genders with stroke duration of at least 6 months. Exclusion criteria  are recurrent stroke with severe spasticity, perceptual disorders and uncorrected vision problems, any symptomatic cardiac failure, patients with other neurological disorders or musculoskeletal problems, impaired cognitive function. Both pre-test and post-test measures were analysed statistically using the data analysis computed with SPSS. The outcome measures used is TIS. Statistical analysis showed significant improvement in trunk balance after the treatment of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation of trunk for 4 weeks in stroke patients. Result showed significant improvement in the PNF treatment in trunk balance after the treatment of proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation of trunk. The study concluded that the trunk balance can be improved in stroke patients after performing the proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation of trunk for 4 weeks.

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Stroke proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) trunk balance trunk impairment scale (TIS)

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Manjula S. (2020). A Study to Assess the Effects of Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation of Trunk In Improving Trunk Balance of Patients with Stroke. International Journal of Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences, 11(4), 6735-6738. https://doi.org/10.26452/ijrps.v11i4.3609