Gait Training Physical Therapy
Many times, following a musculoskeletal or neurological injury, gait training is needed to help patients stand and walk on their own. It’s also helpful for patients who use a walker or cane for assistance. Vibration stimulus therapy is shown to strengthen muscles and bones. This provides people with the improved stability they need to remain or regain their independence.
How Does Gait Training Physical Therapy Work?
After a traumatic event such as a stroke or serious car accident, you may not be able to move the way you’re used to. These limitations can have a serious impact on your work, your social life and your mental state. Other health conditions can interfere with the physical therapy regimen needed to get you on your feet again. Gait training vibration platforms, also called Whole Body Vibration (WBV) machines, are an easier way to stimulate bone repair and muscle strengthening.
In a study released by the Department of Physical Therapy of Sahmyook University, vibration was successfully used in gait training physical therapy to improve postural sway and movement in recent stroke patients. A separate study by the Institute of Sport Sciences at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University showed highly significant improvements in motor symptoms among Parkinson’s patients. It’s clear WBVs result in a range of health benefits.
The method works because of the way WBVs trigger the same stretch-reflex-contraction response seen in traditional physical therapy methods. Instead of using additional weight to do this, as is accomplished through traditional therapy methods, a gait training vibration machine works muscles slightly but rapidly. These small movements add up over time.
Vibration’s Role in Physical Therapy
A fear of falling can make you feel imprisoned in your own skin. You’re worried to go out in public or to visit friends. You may be paranoid of doing the simplest tasks, such as taking a shower or moving from room to room in your own home. Traditional physical therapy used for gait training can be daunting. Ask your physical therapist about WBVs and how you can add them to your routine.
They’re helpful for treating the following common gait and posture issues:
- Sensory Ataxia
- Parkinsonian Gaits
These benefits are applicable to multiple conditions that interfere with patient mobility, from complications of diabetes to joint degeneration. It’s also been shown to increase circulation, cardiovascular health, flexibility, endurance and the balance of healthy hormones. In certain cases, Whole Body Vibration can replace harsh medications responsible for serious side effects, further improving a patient’s quality of life.
Work Vibration Gait Therapy Into Your Practice
Certified physical therapists, patients and others involved in rehabilitation are welcome to learn more about VibePlate. Our speed settings range from 10 to 60 Hz, allowing for a full range of targeted vibration therapies. In just seconds a day, you can become stronger and more secure. Don’t waste any more time feeling afraid. Improve your balance, posture and gait with our top-performing vibration therapy platform. Call 866-858-9481 to learn more.