March 14, 2012 at 2:02 am #10252Nathan ThorpeParticipant
Objective: To evaluate the effects of a low-frequency sound wave therapy programme on functional capacity, blood circulation and bone metabolism of the frail elderly.
Design: Single-blind, randomized, controlled trial.
Setting: Two senior service centres.
Subjects: Forty-nine volunteers (14 males and 35 females) aged 62â€”93 years with up to 12 diagnosed diseases were allocated in either the intervention group (n = 30) or control group (n = 19).
Intervention: The intervention group underwent sound wave therapy, 3â€”5 times a week for 30 minutes per session over a period of 6 months. The control group received no intervention.
Main measurements: Blood pressure, functional capacity, mobility, bone density, biochemical markers, isometric muscle strength, balance, and skin surface temperature.
Results: Compared with the control group, the intervention groupâ€™s mobility and the amount of self-reported kilometres walked per week increased by 3 km (P<0.05), while levels of cholesterol (4.97 (0.72) to 4.52 (0.65) mmol/L, P =0.019), low-density lipoprotein (2.82 (0.72) to 2.45 (0.61) mmol/L, P =0.022), bone markers of total osteocalcin (11.0 (6.5) to 10.3 (5.9) ng/mL, P =0.048)) and tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase isoform 5b (2.50 (1.0) to 2.41 (1.1) IU/L, P =0.021)) decreased. The average skin surface temperature was significantly higher during active sessions at the end of the intervention than in the beginning (P = 0.004). No change was found during placebo sessions.
Conclusions: Low-frequency sound wave therapy may have the potential to promote well-being of frail elderly subjects via improved functional capacity, especially in subjects who are too frail to undertake exercise.
Zheng, A., Sakari, R., Cheng, S., Hietikko, A., Moilanen, P., Timonen, J., & … Cheng, S. (2009). Effects of a low-frequency sound wave therapy programme on functional capacity, blood circulation and bone metabolism in frail old men and women. Clinical Rehabilitation, 23(10), 897-908. doi:10.1177/0269215509337273
April 12, 2012 at 6:14 pm #10599MarcoKParticipant
Our research was introduced here much earlier, but it seems that this area is recognized by very small group of professionals at this point. I promise this will change asap
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