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New Studies on the Effects of Whole Body Vibration Training

22nd May 2014


The effects of whole body vibration training on the human body continue to be investigated, in the attempt to find the optimal parameters for using this form of therapy in preventing certain health issues, or ameliorating the symptoms caused by other conditions.

Recent studies suggest that WBV might be effective in preventing bone resorption, improving the functional mobility and strength in children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, as well as in improving postural control.

A first study published in the Aviation, space and environmental medicine journal in May this year suggests that WBV is effective in decreasing bone resorption in rats, but has no effects on bone formation or mineral density.

The study investigated the effects of vibration training in 10 male rats, over the course of 6 months, subjects being exposed to vibration waves with the following parameters: 50Hz frequency, 4.92 G acceleration, 2.5 mm peak-to-peak amplitude. Subjects received 4 30-second bouts of vibration per day, 5 days a week. Concentration of C-terminal telopeptide of type 1 collagen were lower in the WBV group.

Another pilot study published in the Pediatric neurology journal last month showed that WBV therapy is well tolerated by children with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, this form of treatment having the potential to preserve strength, functional mobility and bone mass.

4 patients were recruited for this study, and they all received side-alternating WBV therapy for 4 weeks, number of treatment sessions being 3 per week. The protocol was well tolerated by all the patients, with no major changes in functional mobility. Study’s conclusion was that WBV may improve or maintain the strength and mobility in kids affected by this condition.

Postmenopausal women with a reduced bone mineral density can also benefit from whole body vibration training, recent research shows. In a systematic review published this month WBV was found to increase the muscle activity and improve bone density in the lumbar spine and hip in a group of postmenopausal women who received 3 15-minute sessions of WBV per week, at frequencies varying from 12.5 Hz to 30-40 Hz. Significant improvements were seen in all parameters, regardless of the WBV training frequency.

Finally, a fourth study published in the Workplace health and safety journal in May this year showed that stochastic resonance whole body vibration training can be an effective tool in the prevention of balance-related injuries at work, this form of physical activity being efficient in improving postural control. The study involved 124 employees of a Swiss university hospital, which were given 8 weeks of WBV training.

These studies confirm once again that whole body vibration is an effective form of therapy for people with weak muscles and bones, and that weekly WBV training sessions can improve the strength and functioning of postural and movement muscles, increase the bone density, decrease the risk of falls and injuries by improving posture and reducing bone resorption, and improve one’s functional mobility.

If you’re not familiar with whole body vibration yet, check out the Complete WBV series or take a look at the video below, to understand how WBV works.

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2 responses to “New Studies on the Effects of Whole Body Vibration Training”

  1. Abby Eagle says:

    I suffer with chronic fatigue syndrome ( CFS). The inflammatory response is not balanced in my body and i have an inverse response to exercise. That is, i need to limit all forms of exercise. There is no way that i can start out slow and gradually increase the amount of exercise every week – which is how the normal person gets fit and strong.

    Just wondering if there are any studies done on whole body vibration and CFS? Would the hypervibe be beneficial for me? If so, then what would be the recommended program?

    Abby Eagle, Gold Coast Australia. Find me at http://www.abbyeagle.com

  2. Hypervibe says:

    Hi Abby, there are several studies that show that WBV is effective in reducing chronic fatigue, however the protocol needs to be personalized and adapted to your body’s response. Theoretically a higher frequency would work better, but if you haven’t performed any form of exercise recently it might be better to start at a lower intensity.

    This article should be useful: Submaximal aerobic exercise with mechanical vibrations improves the functional status of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (available on Europa Medicophysica 2006 June;42(2):97-102). Please message using the Contact form if you need further assistance with an exercise program.

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