Whole-body vibration results in short-term improvement in the gait of children with idiopathic toe walking

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Abstract

This study aimed to determine the impact of multiple doses of whole-body vibration on heel strike, spatial and temporal gait parameters, and ankle range of motion of children with idiopathic toe walking. Whole-body vibration was applied for 5 sets of 1 minute vibration/1 minute rest. Gait measures were collected pre intervention, 1, 5, 10, and 20 minutes postintervention with the GaitRite® electronic walkway. Ankle range of motion was measured preintervention, immediately postintervention, and 20 minutes postintervention. The mean (SD) age of the 15 children (n = 10 males) was 5.93 (1.83) years. An immediate increase in heel contact (P =.041) and ankle range of motion (P =.001 and P =.016) was observed. These changes were unsustained 20 minutes postvibration (P >.05). The gait improvement from whole-body vibration could potentially be due to a rapid increase in ankle range of motion or a neuromodulation response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1143-1149
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Child Neurology
Volume31
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2016

Keywords

  • gait
  • whole-body vibration

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Whole-body vibration results in short-term improvement in the gait of children with idiopathic toe walking. / Williams, Cylie M.; Michalitsis, Joanne; Murphy, Anna T.; Rawicki, Barry; Haines, Terry P.

In: Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 31, No. 9, 01.08.2016, p. 1143-1149.

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