Effectiveness of Combined Balance and Step Training versus Task-Oriented Exercises with Sensory Input on Balance in Older Adults – A Comparative Study
Keywords:Combined balance and step training, Task-oriented exercises with sensory input, Balance, Older adults.
Aim: To compare the effectiveness of CBST with Task-Oriented Exercise with Sensory Input to improve
balance in older adults.
Objectives: To study the effectiveness of CBST versus Task-Oriented Exercise with Sensory Input following
8 weeks of intervention on Balance in older adults.
Method: Older adults with balance issue (mild-moderate) were taken. All 40 patients were assessed as per
the evaluation format. They were randomly divided into two groups. Group (A) subjects received combined
balance and step training (CBST) for eight weeks and group (B) subjects received task-oriented exercise
with sensory input for eight weeks.
Result: CBST and Task-Oriented Exercise with Sensory Input are equally effective in improving balance.
But, Task-Oriented Exercise with Sensory Input showed higher mean difference 8.3 than CBST 7.05 and
MDC 8.3, which suggest that altering sensory input while balance training proves to be more effective
clinically to improve balance in older adults than challenging the base of support.
Conclusion: CBST (Combined Balance and Stepping Training) and Task-Oriented Exercise with Sensory
Input are equally effective in improving balance.