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Feldenkrais exercises in older community-dwelling adults

Researchers at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, examined the effects of Feldenkrais exercises to improve balance, mobility, and balance confidence.

First, the details.

  • 47 elderly adults living in the community were randomly assigned to a treatment group for 5 weeks.
    • Feldenkrais group attended a 5-week Feldenkrais program, 60 minutes three times per week,
    • Waitlist control
  • Before and after the study the following test were preformed
    • Balance (tandem stance; standing with one foot ahead the other)
    • Mobility (Timed Up and Go. Just what it says measured in seconds)
    • Gait characteristics (GAITRite Walkway System, a portable gait analysis tool)
    • Balance confidence (Balance Confidence Scale; ABC)
    • Fear of falling (Falls Efficacy Scale)

And, the results.

  • After completing the program, balance and mobility significantly increased while fear of falling decreased significantly in the Feldenkrais group.
  • No other significant changes were observed.

The bottom line?

The authors concluded, “These results indicate that Feldenkrais exercises are an effective way to improve balance and mobility, and thus offer an alternative method to help offset age-related declines in mobility and reduce the risk of falling among community-dwelling older adults.”

The authors, however, make no mention of whether the reported the improvement with Feldenkrais was significantly better than in the control group.

Other have reported positive results, but also failed to compare the improvement to a control group.

11/16/10 19:03 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.