Effects of random whole-body vibration on postural control in Parkinson’s disease.
Institute of Sport Sciences, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany. firstname.lastname@example.org
We investigated spontaneous effects of random whole-body vibration (rWBV) on postural control in Parkinsonian subjects. Effects were examined in biomechanical tests from a total of 52 patients divided equally into one experimental and one control group. Postural control was tested pre- and post-treatment in two standardized conditions (narrow standing and tandem standing).
The intervention was based on rWBV (ŷ: 3 mm, f: 6 Hz/sec) consisting of 5 series lasting 60 seconds each.
The main findings from this study were that:
- rWBV can improve postural stability in Parkinson’s disease (PD) spontaneously
- these effects depend on the test condition.
- Based on the results of this study, rWBV can be regarded as an additional device in physical therapy in PD.