A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effects of Reactive Neuromuscular Training on Balance

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : May 8, 2007
Last Update Posted : February 29, 2008
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Logan College of Chiropractic

Brief Summary:
Falls are a major concern for the geriatric population and represent a significant public health problem. Various interventions are being explored to improve balance and decrease falls in the elderly. Success has been shown in some programs; various exercise interventions place emphasis on strength, balance, or endurance exercises. Results reported in the literature are still equivocal. Controversy exists as to optimal types of exercise, and the optimum frequency, duration, and intensity of exercise. It is believed that the SpineForce device, which places a unique combination of strength and balance demands upon the user, can result in rapid increases in balance as compared to other rehabilitation programs. Gains in balance have implications for geriatric populations as well as those seeking enhanced sports performance and injury prevention. The Purpose of this study is to assess the SpineForce device as a novel intervention in the treatment of balance disorders.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Balance Device: SpineForce Reactive Neuromuscular Trainer Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Study Start Date : March 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : March 2007
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2007

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Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 30 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Young, healthy adults between the ages of 20 - 30, asymptomatic with respect to any balance specific disorder, and who are currently enrolled at Logan College.

Exclusion Criteria:Exclusion criteria include:

  • A previous lower extremity injury;
  • Previous lower extremity surgery;
  • A visual or vestibular condition with accompanying balance difficulty;
  • A diagnosis of Knee osteoarthritis;
  • Currently receiving spinal manipulative therapy;
  • Current participation in a regular exercise program;
  • Use of any prescription medication, or herbal substance that may affect balance;
  • Pregnancy

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00470938

Sponsors and Collaborators
Logan College of Chiropractic
Study Director: Rodger Tepe, PhD Logan College of Chiropractic

Responsible Party: Kristan Giggey, DC, Logan College of Chiropractic Identifier: NCT00470938     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RD0202070062
First Posted: May 8, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 29, 2008
Last Verified: February 2008