What Researchers Say
THE EFFECTS OF RANDOM WHOLE-BODY VIBRATION ON MOTOR SYMPTOMS IN PARKINSON'S DISEASE: On average a highly significant improvement of 16.8% in motor score & small changes in limb akinesia and cranial symptoms. Tremor and rigidity scores were improved by 25%. One can then speculate about changes in activation of supplementary motor area and neurotransmitter functions.
~ Institute of Sport Sciences, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
DOES PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REDUCE SENIORS' NEED FOR HEALTH CARE?: A STUDY OF 24,281 CANADIANS.
This study assessed the association between physical activity and 1) healthcare resource utilizations and 2) healthcare resource utilization costs.
Physical inactivity was associated with statistically significant increases to hospitalizations, lengths of stay and healthcare visits. Costs were 2.5 times higher for physically inactive.
~ Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC
Whole Body Vibration Training in MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS patients: Patients with moderate to severe disability were included in the 12 week study. Short tasks where explosive strength and coordination was required showed a significant improvement even though the exercises were not performed explosively, often even statically. Patients were able to maintain or improve their performance. CONCLUSION: WBV may positively influence postural control, balance, mobility strength and endurance. In a degenerative disease like MS, maintaining function and performance is a major goal of therapy.
~ Department of Neurological Physiotherapy, Malmo, Sweden
Changes in neuromuscular performance and PLASMA HORMONE LEVELS in young athletic men following whole body vibration.
~ Bosco et al, Eur Appl Physiol,
Overall findings suggest:DOUBLING OF BONE FORMATION RATES; 25% increase in strength of trabecular bone inhibition of disuse and post-menopausal bone loss.
~ Rubinet al, Drug Discov Today
WBV TRAINING EFFECT ON SPASTICITY, MUSCLE STRENGTH AND MOTOR PERFORMANCE IN ADULTS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY:
data suggest that an 8-week intervention can increase muscle strength without negative effect on spasticity.
~ Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Danderyd University Hospital, Stockhom, Sweden
LOWER BACK PAIN; POSTMENOPAUSAL BONE DENSITY;ELDERLY BALANCE SCORES:
- Patients with lower back pain without specific underlying disease, aged 40 - 60 years. Outcome: significant decrease in pain.
- 70 Postmenopausal women aged 58 - 74 years. Outcome: improved isometric and dynamic strength 15%, bone density 1% and other markers of muscle function improved.
- 42 older female volunteers in nursing homes age 63-98 average age 82 years. Outcome: balance scores improved significantly and a test associated with falls improved above a threshold associated with increased risk of falling. Timed tests improved significantly in 8 of 9 domains.
~ Pub Med Citations
“Effects of whole body vibration in patients with multiple sclerosis” This pilot study indicated that whole-body vibration may positively influence the postural control and mobility in multiple sclerosis patients.
~ Medical University of Vienna, Austria
“The effects of a whole-body vibration program on muscle performance and flexibility in female athletes” Whole-body vibration is a suitable training method to improve knee extension maximal strength, counter-movement jump, and flexibility in a young female athlete. Flexibility is important not only for performance but also for the prevention of muscle-tendon injury.
~ Sports Medicine Laboratory, University of Rome, Rome, Italy
“One session of whole body vibration increases voluntary muscle strength in the quadriceps muscle in patients with stroke.”
~ Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, St. John Hospital, Budapest, Hungary
“Effect of 6-month whole body vibration training on hip density, muscle strength in postmenopausal women.” After 24 weeks Vibration training significantly increased bone mass density of the hip and might be useful in the prevention of osteoporosis. No vibration side effects were observed. This may be an effective way to modify well-recognized risk factors for falls and fractures in older women.
~ Katholieke Universiteit, Belgium
“Arterial stiffness acutely decreases after whole-body vibration in humans."
~ Faculty of Health & Welfare, St. Catherine University, Matsuyama, Japan.
“Whole body vibration training increases knee-extension strength and speed of movement in older women.”
~ Department of Exercise Physiology, Katholieke Universiteit, Belgium
"Treatment of posttraumatic arthrofibrosis of the radioulnar joint with vibration therapy” Many studies have reported an increase in muscle performance after whole-body vibration, but none have evaluated the possibility of vibration application as a therapy for functional restoration after injury. The results of this case study imply that vibration therapy has the potential to aid in the management of acute soft tissue injury and the sequel of disuse and immobilization.
~ Sports Sciences Resident, Graduate Education & Research, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
“A comparative study of whole body vibration training and conventional training on knee proprioception and postural stability after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.” Whole body vibration training improved proprioception and balance in athletes with reconstructed ACL.
~ School of Rehabilitation, Medical Sciences/Tehran University, Tehran, Iran.