Whole-body vibration improves cognitive functions of an adult with ADHD

  • Anselm B. M. FuermaierEmail author
  • Lara Tucha
  • Janneke Koerts
  • Meinris van den Bos
  • G. Ruben H. Regterschot
  • Edzard B. Zeinstra
  • Marieke J. G. van Heuvelen
  • Eddy A. van der Zee
  • Klaus W. Lange
  • Oliver Tucha
Case Report


Adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with a variety of cognitive impairments, which were shown to affect academic achievement and quality of life. Current treatment strategies, such as stimulant drug treatment, were demonstrated to effectively improve cognitive functions of patients with ADHD. However, most treatment strategies are associated with a number of disadvantages in a considerable proportion of patients, such as unsatisfactory effects, adverse clinical side effects or high financial costs. In order to address limitations of current treatment strategies, whole-body vibration (WBV) might represent a novel approach to treat cognitive dysfunctions of patients with ADHD. WBV refers to the exposure of the whole body of an individual to vibration and was found to affect physiology and cognition. In the present study, WBV was applied on 10 consecutive days to an adult diagnosed with ADHD. Neuropsychological assessments were performed repeatedly at three different times, i.e., the day before the start of the treatment, on the day following completion of treatment and 14 days after the treatment have been completed (follow-up). An improved neuropsychological test performance following WBV treatment points to the high clinical value of WBV in treating patients with neuropsychological impairments such as ADHD.


ADHD Treatment Whole-body vibration Whole-body stimulation Exercise 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anselm B. M. Fuermaier
    • 1
    Email author
  • Lara Tucha
    • 1
  • Janneke Koerts
    • 1
  • Meinris van den Bos
    • 1
  • G. Ruben H. Regterschot
    • 2
  • Edzard B. Zeinstra
    • 2
    • 3
  • Marieke J. G. van Heuvelen
    • 2
  • Eddy A. van der Zee
    • 3
  • Klaus W. Lange
    • 4
  • Oliver Tucha
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Clinical and Developmental Neuropsychology, Faculty of Behavioural and Social SciencesUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Center for Human Movement SciencesUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Molecular Neurobiology, Center of Behaviour and NeuroscienceUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Department of Experimental PsychologyUniversity of RegensburgRegensburgGermany

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