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January 2015

Subsensory Vibratory Stimulation Improves Balance

Subsensory vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of older adults' feet can improve key indicators of balance, potentially reducing fall risk.

Falls create a substantial concern among elderly patients, with, in each year, one in three older adults experiencing a fall.  New research, however, indicates that subsensory vibratory stimulation applied to the sole of the foot can improve key indicators of balance, which holds promise for reducing falls among older adults.