Whole body vibration on people with sequelae of polio




Da Silva, Carolyn P.
Szot, C. Lauren
deSa, Natasha

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Purpose: The purpose was to explore the feasibility of whole body vibration (WBV) on polio survivors with/without post-polio syndrome (PPS) by studying its effects on walking speed (10-m walk test), endurance (2-min walk test), pain severity/interference (Brief Pain Inventory [BPI]), sleep quality (Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index), fatigue (Fatigue Severity Scale), leg strength (manual muscle testing and hand-held dynamometry), and muscle cramping (written logs). Methods: Fifteen individuals completed the study, participating in eight sessions in two 4-week blocks. Participants started with ten 1-min vibration bouts/session, increasing to 20 min. Low (amplitude 4.53 mm, g force 2.21) and higher (amplitude 8.82 mm, g force 2.76) intensity blocked intervention occurred in random order crossover design. Blinded testing ensued before/after intervention blocks and at follow-up. Results: No study-related adverse events occurred. Participants starting first with higher intensity intervention improved in walking speed (p = 0.017). BPI pain severity significantly improved (p = 0.049) after higher intensity intervention. No significant changes were found after low intensity vibration or in other outcome measures. Conclusions: WBV appears to be a safe exercise for this population. Long-term use in polio survivors needs to be researched, particularly in reducing barriers to participation to promote the physical aspects of health.


Article originally published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 35(6), 554–564. English. Published online 2018. https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2018.1454559


Weight-bearing exercise, Post-polio syndrome


This is a published version of an article that is available at https://doi.org/10.1080/09593985.2018.1454559. Recommended citation: Da Silva, C. P., Szot, C. L., & deSa, N. (2018). Whole body vibration on people with sequelae of polio. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice, 35(6), 554–564. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.