Effect of exercise with Smovey rings on movement in patients with Parkinson's disease
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|Parkinson's disease (PD) affects an increasing percentage of the population. Regular specific physical activity helps to decelerate the development of negative motor changes. Today, more and more PN patients around the world exercise with Smovey vibration rings, however the benefits have been so far presented only on the basis of the patients' subjective feelings. The aim of this study was to verify the effect of exercising with Smovey vibration rings on static and dynamic motor capacity. We implemented a 10-week exercise intervention program (IP) in patients with PN (11 probands) and in a control group (7 probands). Changes of motor performance level were determined by the following tests: Timed Up and Go Test (TUG), Full turn, Stand-up, Upright stance measured on a stabilometric platform. A total of 6 repeated measurements were taken during 7-month research. ANOVA and eta2 (p = 0.05) were used to evaluate the data. The results showed that there were changes especially in the PD patients. Significant differences were found in the TUG, full turn and stand up tests, which were used to evaluate the dynamic movement tasks. The level of static balance was not affected by the IP in any of the tested groups. In conclusion, regular exercising with the Smovey rings has a positive effect on dynamic movement tasks in the PD patients.