The Effect of Feldenkrais Lessons on Walking and Balance
This trial is active, not recruiting.
|Conditions||accidental falls, exercise|
|Treatment||feldenkrais movement class|
|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.
|Intervention model||parallel assignment|
Balance Confidence (as measured by ABC scale)
Tempo-spatial parameters of gait
Time to complete Four Square Step Test
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
|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.|
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