Brain Neurorehabil.  2020 Jul;13(2):e12. 10.12786/bn.2020.13.e12.

Modulating Effects of Whole-body Vibration on Cortical Activity and Gait Function in Chronic Stroke Patients

  • 1Department of Health Sciences and Technology, SAIHST, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Center for Prevention and Rehabilitation, Heart Vascular Stroke Institute, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 3Center for Sport Science in Daegu, Daegu, Korea
  • 4Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, Ilsan Central Hospital, Ilsan, Korea
  • 5Department of Medical Device Management and Research, Department of Digital Health, SAIHST, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea


Whole-body vibration exercise (WBVe) can provide proper somatosensory stimulation and improve muscle strength in stroke patients. This study investigated the effects of WBVe on gait function and cortical activity in patients with chronic stroke. Thirty stroke patients were randomly assigned to either the WBVe or the control group. The WBVe group received the vibration in a half-squat position for 5 minutes at an intensity of 20 Hz. The control group kept the same posture but did not receive the vibration. Cortical activity was investigated using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). Gait function was assessed by a 10-m walk test (10MWT), a timed up and go (TUG) test, a Fugl-Meyer Assessment, and a Tinetti Performance-Oriented Mobility Assessment (TPOMA). In group analysis of the fNIRS data, oxygenated hemoglobin concentration was significantly increased in the ipsilesional supplementary motor area, bilateral sensorimotor cortex, and contralesional prefrontal cortex in the WBVe group compared to the control group (p < 0.05). Functional assessment demonstrated a significant interaction between time and group for the 10MWT and TUG test, suggesting that the WBVe group demonstrated meaningful improvement after intervention (p < 0.05). These results suggested that WBVe modulated the cerebral cortical activities and resulted in improvement of gait function in chronic stroke patients.


Vibration; Near-infrared spectroscopy; Cortical excitability; Stroke; Gait
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