Effect of whole body vibration in Parkinson's disease: A controlled study

Authors

  • Pablo Arias PhD,

    1. Neuroscience and Motor Control Group (NEUROcom), Department of Medicine-INEF, University of A Coruña, Spain
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  • Marcelo Chouza BSc,

    1. Department of Physiotherapy, University of A Coruña, Spain
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  • Jamile Vivas PhD,

    1. Neuroscience and Motor Control Group (NEUROcom), Department of Medicine-INEF, University of A Coruña, Spain
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  • Javier Cudeiro MD, PhD

    Corresponding author
    1. Neuroscience and Motor Control Group (NEUROcom), Department of Medicine-INEF, University of A Coruña, Spain
    • Neuroscience and Motor Control Group (NEUROcom), Department of de Medicina-INEF, University of A Coruña, A Coruña 15006, Spain
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  • Potential conflict of interest: Nothing to report.

Abstract

In the search of new strategies to improve the quality of life of Parkinson's disease patients, recent work has reported an amelioration of Parkinsonian symptoms using Whole Body Vibration (WBV). A double-blinded, placebo controlled design was used to evaluate the effect of a 12 WBV sessions-programme on a number of motor and clinical tests in 23 Parkinson's disease patients. Patients were assigned to one of two groups, one receiving WBV and the other a placebo group. At the end of the programme as well as during intra-session evaluation, there was no difference between the experimental (vibration) and placebo groups in any outcomes. These results suggest that reported benefits of vibration are due to a placebo response. © 2009 Movement Disorder Society

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