Author: Miyara K1, Matsumoto S2, Uema T1, Hirokawa T1, Noma T1, Shimodozono M3, Kawahira K3.
Affiliation: 1Department of Rehabilitation, Kirishima Rehabilitation Center of Kagoshima University Hospital, Kagoshima, Japan. 2Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan. Electronic address: email@example.com. 3Department of Rehabilitation and Physical Medicine, Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima, Japan.
Conference/Journal: Complement Ther Clin Pract.
Date published: 2014 Feb
Other: Volume ID: 20 , Issue ID: 1 , Pages: 70-3 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2013.10.002 , Word Count: 142
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.
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Hemiplegia, Spasticity, Stroke, Whole body vibration