4.4 Short-term effects of the whole body vibration on the balance and muscle strength of type 2 diabetic patients with peripheral neuropathy: a quasi-randomized controlled study

Journal: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders, 2015; 14:45

Study Context: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of Whole Body Vibration (WBV) on the strength and balance of patients with type 2 diabetes.

Subjects were randomly assigned to a WBV exercise or control group. The WBV group received exercise (30 Hz, 2 mm) twice per week for 6 weeks.

After 6 weeks, the WBV group significantly improved strength in their shin and quadriceps muscles and significantly improved their time in the Timed Up and Go test

Comments: This study is interesting in that the exercise performed during the 6 week trial was in fact very low. Subjects held a 30 degree squat position for 30 seconds for the first two weeks; 45 seconds for the third and fourth weeks; and 60 seconds for the final two weeks. All were barefoot and did not use any balance aid during the exercise period.