Effects of Vibration Therapy on Hormone Response and Stress in Severely Disabled Patients: A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial
Article first published online: 6 AUG 2013
© 2013 Association of Rehabilitation Nurses
Volume 40, Issue 3, pages 166–178, May/June 2015
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Seco, J., Rodríguez-Pérez, V., López-Rodríguez, A. F., Torres-Unda, J., Echevarria, E., Díez-Alegre, M. I., Ortega, A., Morán, P., Mendoza-Laíz, N. and Abecia Inchaurregui, L. C. (2015), Effects of Vibration Therapy on Hormone Response and Stress in Severely Disabled Patients: A Double-Blind Randomized Placebo-Controlled Clinical Trial. Rehabilitation Nursing, 40: 166–178. doi: 10.1002/rnj.116
- Issue published online: 8 MAY 2015
- Article first published online: 6 AUG 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 JUN 2013
- Vibration therapy;
- severe disability;
- hormone response;
- anxiety state
To assess the effects of vibration therapy (VT) on quality of life and hormone response in severely disabled patients compared with placebo.
A longitudinal prospective, double-blind, randomized placebo-controlled trial, with pre and postintervention assessments.
A total of 20 severely disabled individuals were recruited from a National Reference Centre in Spain: 13 (65%) men and 7 (35%) women, 45.5 ± 9.32 years of age (range 41: 22–63). We evaluated their physical stress and state anxiety.
No statistically significant changes were found in the socio-psychological variables studied, while in the experimental group state anxiety decreased significantly with p < 0.01 (Z = 2.38; one-tailed p = .009) and, among the biological variables, the level of cortisol fell (p = 0.03).
Short periods of exposure to low-frequency and low-amplitude local vibration are a safe and effective mechanical stimulus that can have a positive effect in terms of hormone response.
Clinical Relevance: VT can be considered to have an anti-stress effect.