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Immediate Effect of a Single Session of Whole Body Vibration on Spasticity in Children With Cerebral Palsy

 Chunung Park  ;  Eun Sook Park  ;  Ja Young Choi  ;  Yoona Cho  ;  Dong-wook Rha 
 Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vol.41(2) : 273-278, 2017 
Journal Title
Annals of Rehabilitation Medicine
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Cerebral palsy ; Muscle spasticity ; Vibration
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the immediate effect of a single session of whole body vibration (WBV) on lower extremity spasticity in children with cerebral palsy (CP).

METHODS: Seventeen children with spastic CP were included. A single session of WBV was administered: 10-minute WBV, 1-minute rest, and 10-minute WBV. The effects of WBV were clinically assessed with the Modified Ashworth Scale (MAS) and Modified Tardieu Scale (MTS) before and immediately, 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 3 hours, and 4 hours after WBV.

RESULTS: Spasticity of the ankle plantarflexor, as assessed by MAS and MTS scores, was reduced after WBV. Post-hoc analysis demonstrated that, compared to baseline, the MAS significantly improved for a period of 1 hour after WBV, and the R1 and R2-R1 of the MTS significantly improved for a period of 2 hours after WBV.

CONCLUSION: A single session of WBV improves spasticity of ankle plantarflexors for 1-2 hours in children with CP. Future studies are needed to test whether WBV is an effective preparation before physiotherapy and occupational therapy.
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Yonsei Authors
Rha, Dong Wook(나동욱) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7153-4937
Park, Eun Sook(박은숙) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9144-3063
Park, Chunung(박천웅)
Choi, Ja Young(최자영)
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