Date of Award

2015

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.H.K.

Department

Kinesiology

First Advisor

Weir, Patricia

Keywords

Stroke, Traditional rehabilitation, Whole-body vibration

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

Whole-body vibration (WBV) training is a viable option for stroke rehabilitation in improving balance, mobility and muscle strength, with a major focus to date on the lower body. This study evaluated the effectiveness of WBV training on stroke survivor's to include upper body and lower body strength, balance and mobility. 11 stroke survivors were recruited from the outpatient rehabilitation department of HDGH and were put into the WBV training group, training twice a week for 8 weeks. Participants were assessed at baseline (T1), after 8 sessions (T2), and after 16 sessions (T3). 12 participants from a database at HDGH acted as the control group and were assessed at the beginning of outpatient rehabilitation (T1) and upon discharge (T3). There were significant improvements for both the WBV training and control groups BBS and 6-minute walk. The WBV training group also experienced significant improvements on upper-extremity strength.

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