Effects of 3 Months of Controlled Whole Body Vibrations on the Risk of Falls Among Nursing Home Residents
Tiredness, lack of motivation and low compliance can be observed in nursing home residents during the practice of physical activity. Because exercises should not be too vigorous, whole body vibration could potentially be an effective alternative.
The objective of this randomized controlled trial is to assess the impact of 3-month training by whole body vibration on the risk of falls among nursing home residents.
Patients were randomized into two groups: the whole body vibration group which received 3 training sessions every week composed of 5 series of only 15 seconds of vibrations at 30 Hz intensity and a control group with normal daily life for the whole study period.
The impact of this training on the risk of falls was assessed blindly by three tests: the Tinetti Test, the Timed Up and Go test and a quantitative evaluation of a 10-second walk performed with a tri-axial accelerometer.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Effects of 3 Months of Controlled Whole Body Vibrations With Low Exposure Period on the Risk of Falls Among Nursing Home Residents|
- Risk of fall [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Tinetti test < 19 points = high risk of falls
- Risk of fall evaluated by the Timed up and Go test [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]A timed Up and Go > 14 seconds = high risk of falls
- Risk of falls evaluated by the Locometrix [ Time Frame: 3 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Locometrix is a walking test
|Study Start Date:||January 2012|
|Study Completion Date:||April 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||March 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Whole Body Vibration Group
The whole body vibration group received 3 training sessions every week composed of 5 series of 15 seconds of vibrations at 30 Hz intensity.
Device: Vibrosphère device
Vertical Sinusoidal vibration
Other Name: Whole Body Vibration
No Intervention: Control Group
The control group had a normal daily life for the whole study period
|University of Liège|
|Liège, Belgium, 4000|
|Study Director:||Olivier Bruyère, PhD||University Of Liège, Department of Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Economics, Liège, Belgiulm|