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Study shows vibrating insoles could reduce falls among seniors

October 31, 2014

Vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of the feet improved balance by reducing postural sway and gait variability in elderly people, according to findings published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

“Although loss of sensation in the feet is a common problem among elderly people that can impair balance and gait and result in falls, there are currently no interventions available that can reverse sensory impairments and prevent these dangerous consequences,” Lewis Lipsitz, MD, director of the Institute for Aging Research and lead author of the study, stated in a press release. “We were very excited to discover that small amounts of vibratory noise applied to the soles of the feet may be able to do just that.”

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