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J Altern Complement Med. 2012 Feb;18(2):158-64. doi: 10.1089/acm.2010.0881. Epub 2012 Feb 9.

Effect of whole-body vibration exercise on balance in women with fibromyalgia syndrome: a randomized controlled trial.

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Department of Physical Education and Sport, University of Seville, Seville, Spain. bsancor@us.es

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study evaluated the effectiveness of a 6-week "usual care" exercise program supplemented with whole-body vibration (WBV) to improve balance and strength in women with fibromyalgia (FM).

DESIGN:

This was a randomized controlled study.

SETTINGS:

The setting was a physical therapy department in an academic setting.

SUBJECTS:

The subjects were 30 postmenopausal women with FM (age: 59±7.90 years).

INTERVENTIONS:

Subjects were randomized into one of two groups: an experimental group (EG: n=15), which combined exercise training (2 days a week) with 3 days of WBV, and a control group (CG: n=15), who performed the same exercise training program (2 days a week) but without WBV.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

Balance and muscle strength were measured at baseline and after the 6-week intervention.

RESULTS:

Significant differences were found (p<0.05) between the study groups for the Medio-Lateral Stability Index (MLSI), when patients were assessed with their eyes open and closed. The effect size of the improvement was large with eyes closed (R2=0.260) and moderate when the eyes were open (R2=0.047). However, no significant differences were found (p>0.05) between the study groups for other outcomes.

CONCLUSIONS:

Women with FM may increase their MLSI by engaging in a 6-week traditional exercise program with supplementary WBV. This may have implications for falls prevention in this patient group.

PMID:
22321155
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2010.0881
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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