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Effects of whole body vibration therapy on main outcome measures for chronic non-specific low back pain: A single-blind randomized controlled trial

Borja del Pozo-Cruz, Miguel A. Hernández Mocholí, Jose C. Adsuar , Jose A. Parraca, Inmaculada Muro, Narcis Gusi
DOI: 10.2340/16501977-0830


Objective: The aim of this study was to determine whether a 12-week course of low-frequency vibrating board therapy is a feasible therapy for non-specific chronic low back pain, and whether it improves the main outcome measures.
Design: Randomized controlled trial.
Patients: A total of 50 patients with non-specific low back pain were included. They were randomly assigned to either a vibrating plate via reciprocation therapy group (n = 25) or a control group (n = 25).
Methods: The 12-week vibration therapy programme consisted of a total of 24 training sessions (2 times/week, with 1 day of rest between sessions). Assessments of the main outcome measures for non-specific low back pain were performed at baseline and at 12 weeks.
Results: In the vibration therapy group there was a statistically significant improvement, of 20. 37% (p = 0. 031) in the Postural Stability Index (anterior–posterior); 25. 15% (p = 0. 013) in the Oswestry Index; 9. 31% in the Roland Morris Index (p = 0. 001); 8. 57% (p = 0. 042) in EuroQol 5D-3L; 20. 29% (p = 0. 002) in the Sens test; 24. 13% (p = 0. 006) in visual analogue scale back; and 16. 58% (p = 0. 008) in the Progressive Isoinertial Lifting Evaluation test.
Conclusion: A 12-week course of low-frequency vibrating board therapy is feasible and may represent a novel physical therapy for patients with non-specific low back pain.

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