Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia (REV BRAS FISIOTER)

Publisher: Associação Brasileira de Fisioterapia; Universidade Federal de São Carlos. Departamento de Fisioterapia; SciELO (Online service)

Journal description

Publication of the Associação Brasileira de Pesquisa e Pós Graduação em Fisioterapia. Mission: To publish scientific articles relating to the basic study subject and field of professional activity of Physical Therapy, by carrying basic and applied studies on the prevention and treatment of movement dysfunctions.

Current impact factor: 0.94

Impact Factor Rankings

2016 Impact Factor Available summer 2017
2014 / 2015 Impact Factor 0.944
2013 Impact Factor 0.979
2012 Impact Factor 1
2011 Impact Factor 0.444
2010 Impact Factor 0.368
2009 Impact Factor 0.338

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 1.21
Cited half-life 4.90
Immediacy index 0.11
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.28
Website Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia / Brazilian Journal of Physical Therapy website
Other titles Revista brasileira de fisioterapia (São Carlos (São Paulo, Brazil): Online), Fisioterapia, Brazilian journal of physical therapy
ISSN 1413-3555
OCLC 145559825
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Background: Ear Acupuncture (EA) is a form of acupuncture in which needles are applied to the external ear and has been used in multiple painful conditions. Low back pain (LBP) is highly prevalent in active individuals and causes high economic burden to healthy systems worldwide. LBP affects person’s ability to keep balance mainly in challenging conditions. Objective: The aim of the study was to examine the effects of a single session of EA on pain intensity and body sway during postural tasks. Method: Eighty adults with LBP and pain intensity equal or larger than 4 (0-10 scale) were randomly allocated (1:1) in EA group (EAG) or placebo group (PG). Initially, the level of pain intensity was assessed. Next, participants stood still on a force plate either with feet in parallel or in semi-tandem and with eyes open or closed. Then, participants of EAG were treated with EA for 20 min and the participants of PG were treated with detuned ultrasound. After the treatment, pain intensity was assessed again and the postural test was repeated. Pain intensity was the primary and center of pressure sway area and speed were the secondary outcomes measured. Results: Results revealed that pain intensity decreased in both groups after treatment, but decreased more in EAG. For postural control, no effect of treatment and no interaction between treatment and postural condition on body sway were revealed. Conclusion: Those findings indicate EA is better than placebo to reduce pain but both treatments have no effect on postural control.
    No preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the intra and inter-rater reliability of pelvic floor muscle (PFM) dynamometric measurements for maximum and average strengths, as well as endurance. A convenience sample of 18 nulliparous women, without any urogynecological complaints, aged between 19 and 31 (mean age of 25.4±3.9) participated in this study. They were evaluated using a pelvic floor dynamometer based on load cell technology. The dynamometric evaluations were repeated in three successive sessions: two on the same day with a rest period of 30 minutes between them, and the third on the following day. All participants were evaluated twice in each session; first by examiner 1 followed by examiner 2. The vaginal dynamometry data were analyzed using three parameters: maximum strength, average strength, and endurance. The Intraclass Correlation Coefficient (ICC) was applied to estimate the PFM dynamometric measurement reliability, considering a good level as being above 0.75. The intra and inter-raters' analyses showed good reliability for maximum strength (ICCintra-rater1=0.96, ICCintra-rater2=0.95, and ICCinter-rater=0.96), average strength (ICCintra-rater1=0.96, ICCintra-rater2=0.94, and ICCinter-rater=0.97), and endurance (ICCintra-rater1=0.88, ICCintra-rater2=0.86, and ICCinter-rater=0.92) dynamometric measurements. The PFM dynamometric measurements showed good intra- and inter-rater reliability for maximum strength, average strength and endurance, which demonstrates that this is a reliable device that can be used in clinical practice.
    Full-text · Article · Apr 2015 · Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia
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    Full-text · Article · Apr 2015 · Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia
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    ABSTRACT: Low back pain (LBP) and urinary incontinence (UI) are highly prevalent among elderly individuals. In young adults, changes in trunk muscle recruitment, as assessed via ultrasound imaging, may be associated with lumbar spine stability. To assess the associations between LBP, UI, and the pattern of transversus abdominis (TrA), internal (IO), and external oblique (EO) muscle recruitment in the elderly as evaluated by ultrasound imaging. Fifty-four elderly individuals (mean age: 72±5.2 years) who complained of LBP and/or UI as assessed by the McGill Pain Questionnaire, Incontinence Questionnaire-Short Form, and ultrasound imaging were included in the study. The statistical analysis comprised a multiple linear regression model, and a p-value <0.05 was considered significant. The regression models for the TrA, IO, and EO muscle thickness levels explained 2.0% (R2=0.02; F=0.47; p=0.628), 10.6% (R2=0.106; F=3.03; p=0.057), and 10.1% (R2=0.101; F=2.70; p=0.077) of the variability, respectively. None of the regression models developed for the abdominal muscles exhibited statistical significance. A significant and negative association (p=0.018; β=-0.0343) was observed only between UI and IO recruitment. These results suggest that age-related factors may have interfered with the findings of the study, thus emphasizing the need to perform ultrasound imaging-based studies to measure abdominal muscle recruitment in the elderly.
    Full-text · Article · Feb 2015 · Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia