Christiansen AS, Lange C
The aim of this study was to compare the effect of the delivery of the same amount of intermittent versus continuous physiotherapy given to children with cerebral palsy (CP). This was organized either in an intermittent regime four times a week for 4 weeks alternating with a 6-week treatment pause, or a continuous once or twice a week regime, both for a total of 30 weeks. Therapy was administered according to generally accepted physiotherapeutic principles. Both groups increased their GMFM scores during intervention, while there was no significant difference comparing delta scores between groups. Compliance was significantly higher in the intermittent group, but there was no association between GMFM score and compliance.
Intermittent or continuous physiotherapy given to children with cerebral palsy yields identical outcome measures for children with CP.
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2008, 50(4), 290-3