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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2014 Feb;20(1):70-3. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.10.002. Epub 2013 Oct 10.

Feasibility of using whole body vibration as a means for controlling spasticity in post-stroke patients: a pilot study.

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1
Department of Rehabilitation, Kirishima Rehabilitation Center of Kagoshima University Hospital, Kagoshima, Japan.
2
Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan. Electronic address: shushu@m.kufm.kagoshima-u.ac.jp.
3
Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan.

Abstract

To examine the feasibility of adapting whole body vibration (WBV) in the hemiplegic legs of post-stroke patients and to investigate the anti-spastic effects, and the improvement of motor function and walking ability. Twenty-five post-stroke patients with lower-limb spasticity were enrolled in the study. Each subject sat with hip joint angles to approximately 90° of flexion, and with knee joint angles to 0° of extension. WBV was applied at 30 Hz (4-8 mm amplitude) for 5 min on hamstrings, gastrocnemius and soleus muscles. The modified Ashworth scale was significantly decreased, active and passive range of motion (A-ROM, P-ROM) for ankle dorsiflexion and straight leg raising increased, and walking speed and cadence both improved during the 5-min intervention. Our proposed therapeutic approach could therefore be a novel neuro-rehabilitation strategy among patients with various severities.

KEYWORDS:

Hemiplegia; Spasticity; Stroke; Whole body vibration

PMID:
24439649
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.10.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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