Whole-body vibration improves walking function in individuals with spinal cord injury: A pilot study

Gait & Posture. Vol. 30(4), pp: 436-440. 2009

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a 4 week period of Power Plate training on the walking function in stroke patients. 17 individuals with a Spinal Cord Injury participated in this study. All participants performed a Power Plate training 3 times a week for 4 week. After the 12 week intervention an increase in walking speed, cadence and step length and intralimb coordination was shown.

Conclusion: The results of this study show that consistent use of the Power Plate machine by people with chronic, incomplete SCI, can help to increase walking speed, cadence and step length, all of which will help to improve walking function. An improvement in the consistency of intralimb coordination over multiple steps was also noted after use of the Power Plate machine.