Effects of Whole-Body Vibration on Spasticity, Balance, & Hamstring Flexibility in a Child with Cerebral Palsy: A Case Report

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  • Author: Otzel, Dana. Hass, Chris. Tillman, Mark. Chow, John.
  • Publication: Southeastern Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics Conference Proceedings
  • Date: 04/27/2008

Whole-body vibration (WBV) training delivers scillatory motion vertically through the entire body when standing on the platform. Improvements in postural control and mobility have been found in preliminary studies in individuals with Parkinson?s disease, multiple sclerosis, and the elderly, however limited research is available examining the effects of WBV on cerebral palsy (CP) populations. Spasticity is a major impairment in CP that can interfere with postural control and gait [1]. Given that treatments are not effective among all individuals and outcomes are difficult to predict, the demand for strong alternative rehabilitation strategies continues. The specific aim of this study was to determine if a 6-week WBV training program would reduce spasticity,improve balance, and increase hamstring flexibility in a child with spastic CP.