Date of Award


Degree Type

Selective Evidence-Based Medicine Review

Degree Name

Master of Science in Health Sciences - Physician Assistant


Physician Assistant Studies

Department Chair

John Cavenagh, PhD, PA-C


OBJECTIVE: The objective of this systematic review is to determine whether Whole Body Vibration (WBV) therapy positively affects the motor skills of patients who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

STUDY DESIGN: Review of 3 English language primary studies. All three were randomized control trials; one was rater blinded and one double blinded with a placebo.

DATA SOURCES: All of the articles were Randomized Control Trials found using the PubMed database.

OUTCOMES MEASURED: Each of the three studies looked at the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease patients before and after Whole Body Vibration Therapy. Each study used the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS). Other tests that were studied include the Tinetti Balance Score, a Functional Reach test, Gait evaluations, and the Berg Balance Test.

RESULTS: All three of the RTC’s that are included in this review showed a significant improvement in the symptoms of those with PD after treatment with Whole Body Vibration therapy. No advantages over other therapies were found. No adverse effects were reported in any of the studies.

CONCLUSION: The results of the RTC’s reviewed that Whole Body Vibration therapy does positively affect the motor skills of those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.