Last updated on March 2019

Effects of Whole-Body Vibration Training Versus Balance Training in Patients With Severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


Brief description of study

Aim of this study is to compare the effects of whole-body Vibration Training versus conventional Balance Training on Balance performance, gait quality and exercise capacity in patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Patients will be recruited during a 3-week inpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program and will be randomized into one of two intervention groups. On top of a standardized endurance and strength Training program (5 days per week) patients in both groups will perform an additional Balance Training (on 3 days per week). Patients in both Groups will perform the same 4 different Balance exercises (2x1 Minute each): dynamic squats with closed eyes, heel raise, semi-Tandem stance and single leg stance but on a different surface. The Vibration Training Group will perform the exercises on a side-alternating Vibration platform (Galileo) at frequencies between 15 to 26 Hertz and the control Group will perform exercises on instable objects like Balance pads. The degree of difficulty in both Groups will be individually adjusted and will be progressively increased, if possible.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03157986

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