The Effect of Feldenkrais Lessons on Walking and Balance

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified September 2006 by University of Melbourne.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
University of Melbourne
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00222287
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: September 21, 2006
Last verified: September 2006
  Purpose

The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of a series of Feldenkrais movement lessons on mobility and balance, particularly for older adults. The investigators hypothesise that mobility and balance will improve following the classes.


Condition Intervention Phase
Accidental Falls
Exercise
Behavioral: Feldenkrais Movement class
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Feldenkrais Lessons on Walking and Balance

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Further study details as provided by University of Melbourne:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Balance Confidence (as measured by ABC scale)
  • Tempo-spatial parameters of gait
  • Time to complete Four Square Step Test

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: September 2004
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2005
Detailed Description:

The Feldenkrais Method is an educational process which involves exploration of novel movement sequences that lead to expansion of the movement repertoire. This Method has been used with the aim of improving balance and mobility in several studies, and has been compared to the benefits of Tai Chi for improving balance in older adults. The current study investigates the effects of a 10 week series of Feldenkrais movement classes on gait parameters as measured on an instrumented gait mat, a balance test of stepping and turning (the Four Square Step Test) and a questionnaire about balance confidence (the Activites Specific Balance Confidence scale.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 90 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • community dwelling older adults (aged over 65)
  • able to independently ambulate indoors and outdoors

Exclusion Criteria:

  • currently undergoing physiotherapy treatment
  • unable to comprehend written english
  • unable to give informed consent
  • walking with a walking frame indoors
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00222287

Locations
Australia, Victoria
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3010
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Melbourne
Investigators
Study Director: Mary Galea, PhD, B App Sc (PT) University of Melbourne
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00222287     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00222313
Other Study ID Numbers: HREC No. 040730
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: September 21, 2006
Health Authority: Australia: Human Research Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by University of Melbourne:
Feldenkrais Method
movement class
balance
Four square step test
Activities Specific Balance Confidence Scale
systems theory

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 20, 2014