Associazione ROMA – Rehabilitation & Outcome Measures Assessment
Associazione ROMA – Rehabilitation & Outcome Measures Assessment

Functional Chewing Training: Efficacia nelle Paralisi Cerebrale Infantili

Il Functional Chewing Training (FuCT) è stato concepito come un approccio olistico per migliorare la funzione masticatoria. Il Functional Chewing Training si avvale dell’allineamento posturale, l’addestramento sensoriale e motorio e le modifiche alimentari e ambientali. La nostra revisione sistematica ha analizzato l’efficacia del Functional Chewing Training per le Paralisi Cerebrali Infantili.
Banzato, A., Cerchiari, A., Pezzola, S., Ranucci, M., Scarfò, E., Berardi, A., … & Galeoto, G. (2022). Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Functional Chewing Training Compared with Standard Treatment in a Population of Children with Cerebral Palsy: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials. Children9(12), 1876.
Functional Chewing Training
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Functional Chewing Training (FuCT) was designed as a holistic approach to improve chewing function by providing postural alignment, sensory and motor training, and food and environmental adjustments. The aim of this systematic review was to evaluate the effectiveness of FuCT in improving chewing function and the severity of tongue thrust and drooling in children with cerebral palsy as compared with standard treatment. Methods: We conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials. The search was performed between October 2021 and January 2022 using the following databases: PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, and CINAHL. The review was performed according to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. Results: The initial search yielded 56 articles. After reading the studies in full, 3 articles were chosen based on the inclusion criteria. Included participants were people with PCI; the studies reported a sample size ranging from 40–80 individuals, one study was on a pediatric population, while the others on adults. The selected studies were then evaluated using Jadad and PEDro scales. Conclusion: Our study confirmed the value of FuCT in improving chewing function and the severity of tongue thrust and drooling. Our results may be useful in optimizing appropriate therapeutic management.
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