Friday, 7 October 2016
We congratulate Lynne, Merdith and Daniel from our Centre for Health, Activity, and Rehabilitation Research (CHARR) at the School of Physiotherapy on their success in the latest round of University of Otago Research Grants.
Walking to better health after stroke
Primary investigator: Lynne Clay
Stroke is a leading cause of disability worldwide.
One third of people with stroke experience a recurrent stroke within five years with physical inactivity a recognised risk factor. Public health guidelines suggest taking 10,000 steps per day. The dose and intensity of walking for health and wellbeing in stroke is currently unknown. An existing physiotherapy-facilitated walking intervention will be modified for people with stroke. Following stakeholder consultation this research project will investigate the feasibility of the modified walking intervention on health and wellbeing in people with stroke. Findings will inform a future fully powered randomised controlled trial.
Park accessibility: Perceived barriers by older adults in the Wellington area.
Primary investigator: Meredith Perry
More than half of older adults (> 65 years) in New Zealand have issues with mobility.
Physical activity reduces the risks from the combined effects of multiple health conditions. Urban parks provide a free environment to participate in social, leisure and physical activities. Parks reduce psychological factors and improve physical activity levels. Evidence on the accessibility of parks by older adults in New Zealand is limited. This mixed methods study aims to investigate the accessibility of Wellington parks by older adults with mobility impairments via a survey (random selection of 1,000 older adults with and without mobility impairment) and focus groups of older adults with mobility impairment.
Exploring the effects shoulder mobilization on scapular and shoulder muscle activities
Primary investigator: Daniel Ribeiro
Current practices for shoulder rehabilitation are underpinned by little empirical data.
This proposal addresses the lack of evidence-based techniques for shoulder rehabilitation. Joint mobilizations are used for treating patients with shoulder pain, and are performed in different directions. Mobilizations lengthen capsule-ligament structures, impacting on activity of shoulder muscles. Our previous research suggests low intensity mobilizations lead to small changes in shoulder muscle activity. This project will explore whether: (1) moderate intensity mobilizations lead to changes in shoulder muscle activity; (2) muscle responses vary according to the direction of mobilization. This study will inform the designing of novel treatment for shoulder rehabilitation.