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Piezoelectric Technology Used in Vibrating Insoles Helps Improve Balance

 

Piezoelectric Technology Used in Vibrating Insoles Helps Improve Balance | In Compliance Magazine

A team of researchers have developed vibrating insoles that show improvements in fall prevention, reduced postural sway, and gait variability as found in a study with 12 elderly participants. A readily available insole was modified to include two piezoelectric actuators. These actuators convert electrical energy to produce a vibratory stimulation when pressure is applied. These simulations help enhance the detection of nerve signals.

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During the study participants went through a series of tests to measure their balance and gait while wearing the insoles. The results of the study show that the vibrating insoles reduced postural sway and improved walking stability.

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