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The Effect of Feldenkrais Lessons on Walking and Balance

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00222287
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2006 by University of Melbourne.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : September 22, 2005
Last Update Posted : September 22, 2006
Information provided by:
University of Melbourne

Brief Summary:
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 or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Accidental Falls Exercise Behavioral: Feldenkrais Movement class Phase 1

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.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Effect of Feldenkrais Lessons on Walking and Balance
Study Start Date : September 2004
Study Completion Date : December 2005

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

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Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years to 90 Years   (Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

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

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00222287

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Australia, Victoria
University of Melbourne
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3010
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Melbourne
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Study Director: Mary Galea, PhD, B App Sc (PT) University of Melbourne
Additional Information:
Layout table for additonal information Identifier: NCT00222287    
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00222313
Other Study ID Numbers: HREC No. 040730
First Posted: September 22, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 22, 2006
Last Verified: September 2006
Keywords provided by University of Melbourne:
Feldenkrais Method
movement class
Four square step test
Activities Specific Balance Confidence Scale
systems theory