The Effect of Plantar Vibration Stimuli on the Balance of Older Women

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 29, 2009
Last Update Posted : December 29, 2009
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Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos

Brief Summary:
The objective of the present study was to identify the effect of direct vibration at a frequency of 100 Hz, applied to the plantar region, on the balance of women aged 60 years or older. The hypothesis is that the place improves body balance.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Deficit Elderly Women With Body Balance Other: vibration stimuli Not Applicable

Expanded Access : Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos has indicated that access to an investigational treatment associated with this study is available outside the clinical trial.  

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 30 participants
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Plantar Vibration Stimuli on the Balance of Older Women
Study Start Date : March 2008
Actual Primary Completion Date : August 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : August 2009

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: vibration stimuli Other: vibration stimuli
A single physical therapist performed the intervention using a Novafon SK2‡ vibratory stimulation device at a frequency of 100 Hz and sway amplitude of 2 mm. The participants of the experimental group received vibratory stimulation, applied slowly by sliding the head of the device over the entire plantar region for ten minutes for each foot at every session. During the intervention, the participants remained in the supine position on an examination table.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • women aged 60 or older, static balance deficit verified by the One-Leg Stance test with eyes open (OLSeo) (inability to maintain position for 30 seconds with eyes open, which is associated with the risk of falling17), independent gait without the use of walking aids.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • individuals undergoing treatment to improve balance, inability to understand verbal commands, pathologies that affect balance and gait, use of medication that may affect balance, lower limb surgery in the past 12 months or participation in a physical activity program.

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Responsible Party: Fábio da Silva Wanderley Identifier: NCT01040442     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: fabio wanderley
First Posted: December 29, 2009    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 29, 2009
Last Verified: August 2009

Keywords provided by Universidade Federal de Sao Carlos:
Postural Balance
Accidental Falls