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[Research] Vibration Therapy & Parkinson's Disease

Jay Research 01/30/2022

Through skeletal muscle's stretch reflex response, vibration stimulation can activate and exercise our neuromuscular system.

Scientists are interested in learning if vibration induced skeletal muscle response can help improve the mobility and balance for patients with Parkinson's disease, and what parameters to choose, to achieve effective results, in terms of vibration frequency, amplitude, exercise duration, etc.

Many small scale clinical trials were conducted to examine the benefit of vibration therapy on PD patients. Due to limited funding, the clinical trials were not adequately designed and implemented.

Because of various trial designs, different test parameter selections and patient criteria, patient recruitment and retention issues, the clinical trials come out mixed results.

Below is a selected list of literature review projects and clinical trials that represent the current research level on vibration therapy for treating Parkinson's disease.

The Effects of Whole Body Vibration on Mobility and Balance in Parkinson Disease: a Systematic Review
07/24/2014, Sharareh Sharififar | PubMed.gov
Comparison of the effect of whole-body vibration therapy versus conventional therapy on functional balance of patients with Parkinson's disease
06/11/2021, Eduardo Guadarrama-Molina | PubMed
Whole body vibration versus conventional physiotherapy to improve balance and gait in Parkinson's disease
09/01/2007, Georg Ebersbach | PubMed
Short-term effects of vibration therapy on motor impairments in Parkinson's disease
05/28/2009, Lauren K King | PubMed.gov
Analysis of the Effects of Whole-Body Vibration in Parkinson Disease
05/06/2019, Andrea Dincher | PubMed.gov
Can a vibrating glove treatment relieve Parkinson's symptoms?
10/14/2021, Holly Alyssa MacCormick | Stanford Medicine