This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions accidental falls, exercise
Treatment feldenkrais movement class
Phase phase 1
Sponsor University of Melbourne
Start date September 2004
End date December 2005
Trial size 60 participants
Trial identifier NCT00222287, HREC No. 040730, NCT00222313


The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of a series of Feldenkrais movement lessons on mobility and balance, particularly for older adults. The investigators hypothesise that mobility and balance will improve following the classes.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation non-randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind
Primary purpose treatment

Primary Outcomes

Balance Confidence (as measured by ABC scale)
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Tempo-spatial parameters of gait
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Time to complete Four Square Step Test
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Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 65 years up to 90 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - community dwelling older adults (aged over 65) - able to independently ambulate indoors and outdoors Exclusion Criteria: - currently undergoing physiotherapy treatment - unable to comprehend written english - unable to give informed consent - walking with a walking frame indoors

Additional Information

Official title The Effect of Feldenkrais Lessons on Walking and Balance
Description The Feldenkrais Method is an educational process which involves exploration of novel movement sequences that lead to expansion of the movement repertoire. This Method has been used with the aim of improving balance and mobility in several studies, and has been compared to the benefits of Tai Chi for improving balance in older adults. The current study investigates the effects of a 10 week series of Feldenkrais movement classes on gait parameters as measured on an instrumented gait mat, a balance test of stepping and turning (the Four Square Step Test) and a questionnaire about balance confidence (the Activites Specific Balance Confidence scale.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in September 2006.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Melbourne.