Motion machine could improve Parkinson’s symptoms
The Alfred and Monash University are testing an innovative new machine that could improve the symptoms of people with Parkinson’s Disease using gravity and movement.
The Reviver machine intentionally challenges participants’ sense of balance in a safe and controlled environment. The reaction to being tilted off balance creates a powerful and innate response that can activate muscle groups that have become disengaged.
The trial aims to determine whether a 12-week exercise program on the Reviver machine (technically known as a vestibular-stimulation, isometric exercise machine) can lead to improved balance, mobility and sensory-motor coordination for people with an advanced stage of Parkinson’s Disease and Atypical Parkinsonism.
Lead researcher, Dr Ben Sinclair, says early anecdotal feedback suggests the machine may improve mobility and reduce symptoms in users.
“We now need to see what kind of results can be generated during a formal, randomised controlled trial,” said Dr Sinclair. “It’s an exciting project because people affected by Parkinson’s have a limited range of treatment options. This study provides a rare opportunity to explore and uncover a new possible treatment pathway for people affected by Parkinson’s.”
The trial is seeking to recruit 30 patients diagnosed with moderate to advanced stages of Parkinson’s Disease or Atypical Parkinsonism. The participants will need to attend twice weekly sessions at The Alfred for a 12-week period.
People interested in participating in the trial should call 02 9524 2188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org