Immediate Effects of Local Vibration and Whole-body Vibration on Postural Control in Patients with Ataxia: an Assessor-Blind, Cross-over randomized trial

Ozvar G. B., AYVAT E., KILINÇ M.

CEREBELLUM, vol.20, no.1, pp.83-91, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 20 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s12311-020-01187-7
  • Journal Name: CEREBELLUM
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, EMBASE, MEDLINE, Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.83-91
  • Keywords: Local vibration, Whole-body vibration, Postural control, Ataxia, MUSCLE VIBRATION, SINGLE SESSION, BALANCE, PERFORMANCE, RESPONSES, STROKE
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Vibration interventions are used in neurorehabilitation to improve postural control in recent years. Little is known about the immediate effects of vibration interventions on postural control in patients with ataxia. The aim of this study is to investigate and compare the immediate effects of local vibration (LV) and whole-body vibration (WBV) on postural control in patients with ataxia. This study was designed as cross-over, single blind randomized clinical trial. Twenty-one patients with ataxia met the inclusion criteria. LV (frequency, 80 Hz; amplitude, 1 mm) and WBV (30 Hz, 2 mm) were applied to all patients. There was a 1-week washout time between interventions. Each patient was assessed 3 times: pre-intervention and 1 and 60 min post-intervention. The assessor was blinded to the interventions. Outcome measures were limits of stability (LoS), and postural sways (Bertec Balance Check Screener), gait parameters (GAITRite), and static balance (one-leg stance test). Twenty patients completed both interventions. The mean patient age was 39.43 +/- 9.67 years. LV increased the left-LoS post-vibration (1 and 60 min post) more than WBV did (p< 0.05). LV increased the LoS stability score and the base of support at 1 min post-vibration, while WBV decreased them (p< 0.05). This study demonstrated different immediate effects of a single session of LV versus WBV and showed that LV has better effects on postural control in patients with ataxia. nr NCT04183647