Rehabilitation of stroke patients using traditional Thai massage, herbal treatments and physical therapies

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Journal of Chinese Integrative Medicine, 2012, 10 (7), pp. 743 - 750
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OBJECTIVE: To determine quantitatively if a unique rehabilitation program using traditional Thai massage, herbal treatments and physical therapies could improve activities of daily living, mood and sleep patterns, and pain intensity of stroke patients over time. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study, conducted over a three-month period. Patients were recruited from a 42-bed rehabilitation centre in Northern Thailand, which admits mainly stroke, head injury and spinal patients for rehabilitation. RESULTS: There were 62 patients enrolled in the study, with 55% being male. The average age of patients was 59 years and 63% were married. The average time since the initial stroke was 15 months. At baseline, the average Barthel lndex score was 50. 7, and the average emotion, pain and sleep scores were 2.6, 3. 1, and 3.2, respectively. After adjusting for age, gender and time since initial stroke in the longitudinal model, the Barthel lndex significantly improved by 6.1 points after one month (P
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