Whole Body Vibration

This project investigated whole body vibration, a treatment which may help people with MS to improve their symptoms. Whole Body Vibration (WBV) intervention has been suggested to have a beneficial effect on muscle strength, balance, flexibility and bone mineral density in healthy populations. People with MS experience various symptoms such as muscle weakness, balance and mobility problems or sensory impairments. Vibration affects mainly muscles but also may influence sensation. Due to vibration mechanism, WBV intervention may help people with MS to improve these problems.

 

What did it involve? People with MS who were able to walk independently or with assistive device were invited to take part in this research. They were randomly put two groups. One group practiced exercise in the gym and the second group practiced the same set of exercise using a vibrating platform. After 12 weeks of intervention people were assessed to find out how these two type of interventions affected muscle strength, balance, walking, sensation and fatigue.

 

Who was involved? Marcin Uszynski was a PhD student funded by the Irish Research Council. He was supervised by Dr Susan Coote and Prof Alan Donnelly. Dr Helen Purtill assisted with statistical analysis.

 

Publications

 

Uszynski M. Purtill H. Donnelly A. and Coote S. “The feasibility of comparing whole body vibration intervention to the same duration and dose of exercise for people with Multiple Sclerosis”. Physiotherapy Practice and Research, 2014;35(2):75-86.

 

Uszynski M. and Coote S. “The effects of Whole Body Vibration (WBV) intervention on body functions, activity limitations and participation restrictions in people with neurological conditions - systematic review”. Physical Therapy Reviews; Volume 19, Issue 6 (December 2014), pp. 392-409. 

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