Balance Training in Diabetes-Related Peripheral Neuropathy: Focus on Nerves and Muscle Strength.
The literature has yet to answer the question of whether neuropathy symptoms can be reversed and nerve function restored with the stimulation of balance. Therefore, we examined the balance training results on nerve conduction, sensory symptoms, and muscle strength in persons with diabetes-related neuropathy. Patients in the intervention group (n=14) performed exercises using the BBS for 8 weeks. The control group (n=13) was just informed about diabetes self-management. All patients underwent pretest and posttest nerve conduction studies. Sensory examination performed by using 5.07 Semmes–Weinstein monofilaments and 128-Hz tuning fork. Muscle strength obtained with manual dynamometer. As a result balance training program with BBS is effective in increasing muscle strength however, the improvements in light touch and vibration sensation weren’t enough to create a difference between the groups. Training, had no positive effect on nerve conduction parameters.