Stochastic Resonance Therapy (SRT) was born in the German city of FrankfurtÂ Â whenÂ DietmarÂ SchmidtbleicherÂ developed a new training device for Olympic athletes.Â Since then, the whole-body vibration device he developed has been studied and shownÂ to be effective in the treatment of Parkinson’sÂ motor symptoms. While you may have already heard of the benefits of vibration therapy and Parkinson’s, chances are you haven’t heard of SRT until now.
SRT is different from other types of vibration devices. It delivers randomized and non-uniform oscillations and perturbations to the body, whereas all other devices on the market deliver uniform, sinusoidal vibrations. The random nature of SRTvibrationsÂ elicitsÂ the automatic stretch reflexÂ in the muscles, which leads to postural adjustments being made in the spinal cord and the cerebellum (the part of the brain that automatically adjusts movement patterns). These adjustments keep the head still and the body upright while on the device. Hundreds to thousands of stimuli are delivered to the spinal cord and cerebellum in a matter of minutes.
In the literature, SRT has been shown to decrease tremor and rigidity, improve postural control and balance, and lead to better gait patterns in Parkinsonian patients. For further information contact:
Kyle Harris, MS, CSCS, SRT Zeptoring
Robert Rodgers PhD
Road to Recovery from Parkinsons Disease