Past Research

Vibrating Plates


Whole body vibration is a new treatment option to improve mobility, muscle strength and possible bone strength, We are inviting children between 5 and 18 years of age with Osteogenesis Imperfecta (type 1 or 4) to take part in a randomized controlled trial at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Inclusion criteria include a mild to moderately decreased mobility, minimum requirement is the ability to rise from a chair. Children need to be either off bisphosphonates for more than 6 months or on bisphosphonates for more than 2 years. We will be testing whether daily vibration training (2x10min) for 5 months improves mobility, balance, muscle strength, and bone strength.

Children will be trained to use the vibration device and subsequently the device will be delivered to the child's home, where training will be supervised and monitored by a Physiotherapist.

In 2010 the Brittle Bone Society provided Dr Hogler with funding to carry out the Whole-Body Vibration Research.

To read the latest findings please click here

In order for the research to progress Dr Hogler needs more people to take part in the trials. Recruitment is carried out in pairs, matched for gender and pubertal stage - e.g. one pair of pre-pubertal males or one pair of pubertal females.

For more information regarding the study visit the departmental website here

If you are interested in taking part in these trials please contact Dr Hogler at the Department of Edocrinology, Birmingham Children's Hospital. Tel: 0121 333 8189

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