6226 3632Clinics

Elderly Balance Better After Foot Massages

Researchers found that elderly people were able to balance on their feet better with foot massages.

Jacques Valiant and his group of fellow researchers from Grenoble, France and Geneve, Switzerland found that a session of plantar massage and joint mobilisation of the feet and ankles with clinical balance performance tests in elderly people.

Dividing 28 subjects, aged between 65-95 years, into two groups:

1. An intervention group had a 20 minute session of massage and mobilisation to the feet and ankle,

2. A placebo group that was given an application of three demagnetized magnets in the region of the fifth metatarsal for 20 minutes.

The subjects were tested on their One Leg Balance (OLB), Timed Up and Go (TUG) and Lateral Reach performance. Results were compared between the two groups before and after the massage and application of the magnets.

The group who had massages and mobilisations showed significant improvements in performance of OLB and TUG after one session of intervention.


Massage and mobilisation of the feet and ankles in elderly adults: Effect on clinical balance performance, J Vaillant et al., Manual Therapy 2009;14:661-664

Recent Videos

Here’s how you can Tone Up with Resistive Tubing
Tone Up – Mini Gym Ball Exercises With Sanctband Singapore
Here’s how you can tone up with Resistive Exercise Bands
Have you tried Facilitated Stretch Therapy?
The Effects of Mobile Devices – The Better Way To Use Your Phone
The Effects of Mobile Devices on Posture
resistive tubing
mini gym ball exercises
resistance band

You can easily request for a physiotherapy clinic or fitness appointment through any of the 3 convenient ways below with your preferred date, time and clinic location. Our staff will be happy to help allocate you to the first available appointment slot that best fits your convenience.

contact us phone
via Telephone

Call our clinic central-line at +65 6226 3632

contact us sms
via SMS

SMS your name, preferred date, time and clinic location to +65 9232 2661

contact us email
via Email or Online Form

Email your preferred physiotherapy appointment slot to enquiry@coreconcepts.com.sg or

Core Concepts Physiotherapy