Cerebral palsy (CP) affects more than half a million people in the United States and few therapies have been successful at increasing bone and muscle strength among those with CP. Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is showing promising results on teens with moderate CP.
The teens with CP going through the study had their bone-mineral density and muscle mass measured before and after a course of WBV and researchers found that leg and spine bone-mineral density increased after the therapy. Muscle mass in the legs also incresed.
WBV was also able to help with walking ability. Study participants increased their walking distance by 10% after WBV.
"By maintaining or improving muscle and bone health during growth, WBV can maximize mobility and bone strength into adult life, improving both mobility and quality of life," said the study's lead author Silmara Gusso, PhD. "This extremely encouraging initial data strongly suggest WBVT will become a mainstay of treatment in children with loco-motor disability and justify the introduction of a completely novel and innovative treatment modality into pediatric health care."
Researchers used special X-ray tests to measure bone-mineral density and muscle mass before and after the whole body vibration therapy.
To read more about the study published by Endocrine Society, please click here.