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

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Sañudo , B, de Hoyo , M, Carrasco , L, Rodríguez-Blanco, C, Oliva-Pascual-Vaca , A and McVeigh , JG (2012) Effect of whole-body vibration exercise on balance in women with fibromyalgia syndrome: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine , 18 (2). pp. 158-164. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1089/acm.2010.0881

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.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:21786
Deposited By:Dr Joseph McVeigh
Deposited On:05 Apr 2012 12:25
Last Modified:27 Jun 2012 11:08

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