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The Effect of Feldenkrais Lessons on Walking and Balance

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified September 2006 by University of Melbourne.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
Information provided by:
University of Melbourne Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: September 21, 2006
Last verified: September 2006
The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of a series of Feldenkrais movement lessons on mobility and balance, particularly for older adults. The investigators hypothesise that mobility and balance will improve following the classes.

Condition Intervention Phase
Accidental Falls
Behavioral: Feldenkrais Movement class
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Feldenkrais Lessons on Walking and Balance

Further study details as provided by University of Melbourne:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Balance Confidence (as measured by ABC scale)
  • Tempo-spatial parameters of gait
  • Time to complete Four Square Step Test

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: September 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2005
Detailed Description:
The Feldenkrais Method is an educational process which involves exploration of novel movement sequences that lead to expansion of the movement repertoire. This Method has been used with the aim of improving balance and mobility in several studies, and has been compared to the benefits of Tai Chi for improving balance in older adults. The current study investigates the effects of a 10 week series of Feldenkrais movement classes on gait parameters as measured on an instrumented gait mat, a balance test of stepping and turning (the Four Square Step Test) and a questionnaire about balance confidence (the Activites Specific Balance Confidence scale.

Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 90 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • community dwelling older adults (aged over 65)
  • able to independently ambulate indoors and outdoors

Exclusion Criteria:

  • currently undergoing physiotherapy treatment
  • unable to comprehend written english
  • unable to give informed consent
  • walking with a walking frame indoors
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00222287

Australia, Victoria
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3010
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Melbourne
Study Director: Mary Galea, PhD, B App Sc (PT) University of Melbourne
  More Information

Additional Information: Identifier: NCT00222287     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00222313
Other Study ID Numbers: HREC No. 040730
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: September 21, 2006

Keywords provided by University of Melbourne:
Feldenkrais Method
movement class
Four square step test
Activities Specific Balance Confidence Scale
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