Whole-Body Vibration Results in Short-Term Improvement in the Gait of Children With Idiopathic Toe Walking

J Child Neurol. 2016 Aug;31(9):1143-9. doi: 10.1177/0883073816643405. Epub 2016 Apr 12.


This study aimed to determine the impact of multiple doses of whole-body vibration on heel strike, spatial and temporal gait parameters, and ankle range of motion of children with idiopathic toe walking. Whole-body vibration was applied for 5 sets of 1 minute vibration/1 minute rest. Gait measures were collected pre intervention, 1, 5, 10, and 20 minutes postintervention with the GaitRite(®) electronic walkway. Ankle range of motion was measured preintervention, immediately postintervention, and 20 minutes postintervention. The mean (SD) age of the 15 children (n = 10 males) was 5.93 (1.83) years. An immediate increase in heel contact (P = .041) and ankle range of motion (P = .001 and P = .016) was observed. These changes were unsustained 20 minutes postvibration (P > .05). The gait improvement from whole-body vibration could potentially be due to a rapid increase in ankle range of motion or a neuromodulation response.

Keywords: gait; whole-body vibration.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Ankle / physiopathology
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Foot / physiopathology
  • Gait* / physiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Movement Disorders / physiopathology
  • Movement Disorders / therapy*
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vibration / therapeutic use*