What Researchers say about Vibration Training

“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
“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
“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.
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
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
"...WBV 10 minutes a day will increase lymphatic circulation to remove acids from the plantar fasciia. It also helps to vibrate acids out of the tissues causing the pain or inflammation. Involuntary muscle contractions will also help tone and build weak muscles in the legs and feet helping to improve balance, coordination and other possible lower extremity issues."
~ Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California

"Preliminary results indicate the potential for a noninvasive, mechanically mediated intervention for osteoporosis. This non-pharmacologic approach represents a physiologically based means of inhibiting the decline in bone density that follows menopause, perhaps most effectively in the spine of lighter women who are in the greatest need of intervention."
~ Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, State University of New York

"...These results demonstrate that WBV can improve muscle function in CF patients."
~ CF Centre, Children's Hospital, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

There was a significant benefit afforded by adding WBV to a short-term resistance training protocol with regard to “explosive” strength expression. The addition of vibration prior to and between sets of resistance exercise may be a viable alternative to vibration applied during resistance exercise when trying to improve “explosive” isometric strength.
~ Dept. Of Health, Exercise Science, University of Mississippi

"... A 6-week WBV intervention of community-dwelling older adults significantly improved the quantifiers of neuromuscular performance. Overall, progressively overloaded frequency elicited more beneficial improvement."
~ Australian Catholic University, Centre of Physical Activity, Victoria, Australia

"Fatigue or lack of interest can reduce the feasibility of intensive physical exercise in nursing home residents... In nursing home residents with limited functional dependency, six weeks static WBV exercise is feasible, and is beneficial for balance and mobility."
~ Gerontology, Free University of Brussels, Belgium

"Circulation plays a vital role in tissue healing. Increases in muscle flexibility and strength, secretion of hormones important in the regeneration and repair process, blood flow, and strength of bone tissues has been attributed to whole body vibration (WBV) combined with exercise.... Findings suggest that short duration vibration alone significantly increases SBF. The emerging therapeutic modality of WBV as a passive intervention appears to increase SBF. "
~ Dept. of Physical Therapy, Loma Linda University, CA

“One session of whole body vibration increases voluntary muscle strength in the quadriceps muscle in patients with stroke.”
~ Dept. Of Rehabilitation Medicine, St. John Hospital, Budapest, Hungary

"After 6 weeks of performing 4 one-minute sessions, 3 times a week the participants experienced: 143% improvement in physical function, 77% improvement in equilibrium, 60% improvement in vitality ,57% improvement in quality of walking, 41% reduction in pain and a 23%improvement in general health"
~ University of Liege, Belgium
“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
"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
“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
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