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Mov Disord. 2009 Apr 30;24(6):891-8. doi: 10.1002/mds.22468.

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

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Neuroscience and Motor Control Group (NEUROcom), Department of Medicine-INEF, University of A Coruña, Spain.


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.

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