Use of whole body vibration therapy in individuals with moderate severity of cerebral palsy- a feasibility study

Tamis W. Pin (Corresponding Author), Penelope B. Butler, Sheila Purves

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Background: This pilot study was to examine the feasibility and tolerance of whole body vibration therapy (WBVT) for children and adults with moderate severity of cerebral palsy (CP) being graded as levels III or IV on the Gross Motor Function Classification Scale (GMFCS). Methods: Study participants received the additional WBVT when standing still on the vibration platform for three 3-min bouts of vibration (20 Hz, 2 mm amplitude), 4 days per week for 4 weeks. In addition to questions relating to feasibility and participants' opinions, assessment at baseline and completion of the intervention included the Gross Motor Function Measure-66 Item Set (GMFM-66 IS), 2-min walk test (2MWT), Timed Up and Go test (TUG) and Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory (PEDI). Wilcoxon Signed Ranks test was used to compare the results. Results: Fourteen participants (mean age = 25.25 years SD 3.71; 9 males, 64%; GMFCS level III n = 13, 92%) were recruited and completed the study. The attendance rate was over 90% with no adverse events. All participants tolerated the protocol which was satisfactorily delivered in a clinical setting. Conclusions: The present WBVT protocol was feasible, safe and well-tolerated by the participants with moderate severity of CP, justifying future studies with larger samples and more rigorous study design. Trial registration: The present study has been registered under the (NCT03375736) and the date of registration commenced on 18 December 2017.

Original languageEnglish
Article number80
JournalBMC Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


  • Balance
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Functional abilities
  • Static standing
  • Whole body vibration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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