Vitality Acupunch Exercise Program for Older Adults With Sarcopenia (VA)

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Kaohsiung Medical University

Status

Completed

Conditions

Muscle Strength
Muscle Mass
Sleep Quality

Treatments

Other: Control
Other: Vitality acupunch (VA) exercise program

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other

Identifiers

NCT04535336
KMUHIRB-F(II)-20190045(2)

Details and patient eligibility

About

This project was aimed to test the effects of a six-month VA program on the muscle mass, muscle strength, and quality of sleep of institutional older adults with sarcopenia.

Full description

A cluster-randomized controlled trial was conducted to test the effects of a six-month VA program on the muscle mass, muscle strength, and quality of sleep of institutional older adults with sarcopenia. Using convenience sampling, 12 long-term care facilities with 114 older adults were recruited, and then cluster-randomized by the facility to a VA experimental or a control group. The experimental group received the VA program led by certified instructors 3 times per week and 40 minutes per session for 6 months; the control group continued with their regular daily activities. One pre-test and two post-tests, 3 months apart, were conducted.

Enrollment

114 patients

Sex

All

Ages

65 to 100 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • age ≥ 65 years old
  • have been living in the facility for at least 3 months
  • intact cognitive function with the Short Portable Mental Status Questionnaire score ≥ 8
  • hand-grip strength < 28 kg for men and < 18 kg for women
  • calf circumference < 34 cm for men and < 33 cm for women

Exclusion criteria

  • have spinal cord injury
  • have severe cardiovascular or pulmonary diseases
  • have musculoskeletal diseases

Trial design

Primary purpose

Prevention

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Single Blind

114 participants in 2 patient groups

Vitality acupunch (VA)
Experimental group
Description:
The VA program took 40 minutes to complete and included 3 phases: 1) activating qi and blood (5 movements, 10 minutes): warm-up exercises that allowed the body to accumulate heat and promote flexibility of the joints to loosen up the body, 2) punching meridians (14 movements, 20 minutes): both hands were used to exert a vibrating effect according to the rhythms that stimulate the 14 meridians in the entire body to improve aerobic endurance, and 3) relaxing body and mind (5 movements, 10 minutes): muscle relaxing exercises to rest the body and cease the qi. Participants in the experimental group received the VA program led by the instructors, who were trained an certified by the PI, 3 times per week and 40 minutes per session for 6 months.
Treatment:
Other: Vitality acupunch (VA) exercise program
Control
Active Comparator group
Description:
Participants in the control group continued with their daily activities as usual.
Treatment:
Other: Control

Trial contacts and locations

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