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Iran J War Public Health 2022, 14(1): 19-24 Back to browse issues page
Effect of Six Weeks Virtual Reality-Based Rehabilitation Exercise and Reflexology on Fatigue Rate of Paralyzed Veterans
B. Pourjafari Jorjafaki1, F. Hovanloo *2, F. Mohammadi3
1- Department of Health and Rehabilitation in Sports, Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran
2- Department of Health and Rehabilitation in Sports, Faculty of Sports and Health Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran , f_hovanloo@sbu.ac.ir
3- Department of Sports Injury and Corrective Movements, Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Tehran, Iran
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Aims: One of the consequences of life in today's society is the high prevalence of spinal cord injury, which happens for several reasons. Decreased mobility in these people causes premature fatigue and reduces their quality of life, which leads to diseases. This study aimed to compare the effectiveness of virtual reality-based rehabilitation exercises and reflexology in reducing the fatigue rate of paraplegic veterans.
Instrument & Methods: This quasi-experimental study was carried out on paraplegia veterans in Tehran province in 2020. Forty-five active paraplegia veterans with spinal cord injury and a history of regular exercise of with at least 2 years’ experience of regular participation in sport activities were randomly classified into three groups: virtual reality, reflexology, and control. The Functional Status Scale is a self-administered questionnaire that was used. Exercise programs were performed for three sessions per week for 30 minutes every other day for six weeks. A post-test was performed after the training sessions. Data were analyzed using SPSS 23 software by ANOVA test.
Findings: The mean score of fatigue in the subjects was 45.86±13.57, which was obtained after a pre-test using the fatigue severity scale questionnaire. Findings showed that virtual reality exercises and reflexology had a significant effect on fatigue in paraplegia veterans (p<0.05). A significant difference was observed between both experimental and control groups after the intervention (p<0.05). The reduction of fatigue was also significant in the massage group (p<0.05).
Conclusion: There is a reduction in Fatigue rate in Paralyzed Veterans in both massage and virtual reality groups compared to the control group.
Keywords: Wheelchair [MeSH], Rehabilitation [MeSH], Massage [MeSH], Spinal Cord Injury [MeSH], Fatigue [MeSH],
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Article Type: Descriptive & Survey | Subject: Veterans or Handicapped Health
Received: 2021/12/5 | Accepted: 2022/01/29 | Published: 2022/01/20
* Corresponding Author Address: Shahid Beheshti University, Daneshjoo Street, Tehran, Iran. Postal Code: 1983969411
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Pourjafari Jorjafaki B, Hovanloo F, Mohammadi F. Effect of Six Weeks Virtual Reality-Based Rehabilitation Exercise and Reflexology on Fatigue Rate of Paralyzed Veterans. Iran J War Public Health. 2022; 14 (1) :19-24
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