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Automated mechanical peripheral stimulation and postural control in subjects with Parkinson’s disease and freezing of gait: a randomized controlled trial

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doi: 10.11138/FNeur/2018.33.4.206
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Individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and freezing of gait (FOG) have impaired postural control. Recent studies using foot sensory stimulation delivered by means of automated mechanical peripheral stimulation (AMPS) have demonstrated improvements
of gait in individuals with PD.
This study aimed to investigate the effects of AMPS on postural control in individuals with PD and FOG.
Thirty-three subjects participated in this randomized controlled trial.
Participants were allocated to two groups: AMPS and AMPS SHAM. Subjects underwent eight sessions of real (AMPS) or placebo AMPS (AMPS
SHAM) once every three/four days. Postural control was assessed by means of posturography before the first and after the eighth session of treatment.
We did not find positive effects of AMPS on center of pressure parameters. Thus, it seems that AMPS has no positive effect in terms of improving static postural control in individuals with PD and FOG.

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