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    Whole Body Vibration Training WBV

    Standing on a vibrating platform may sound like an odd way to pass the time, but a new research review suggests it may do the muscles and bones some good — particularly in older or sedentary adults.

    Writing in the journal Current Sports Medicine Reports, researchers detail the evidence for and against so-called whole body vibration training. WBV involves standing on a platform that sends mild vibratory impulses through the feet and into the rest of the body.

    These vibrations activate muscle fibers more efficiently, it is claimed, than conscious contraction of muscles during regular exercise. WBV is often touted as a way to improve muscle power, jump higher or sprint faster.

    The tactic is also being studied for its therapeutic potential, such as increasing older women's bone mass.


    The greatest benefit of vibration training may lie in its potential to increase bone mass. The results of a 2004 study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research suggests that a training program that includes vibratory stimulus may reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis.

    NASA-funded scientists are investigating the use of whole body vibration in space. Preliminary research suggests that standing on a vibrating plate for 10 minutes a day may protect astronauts against the bone loss and muscle wasting that occurs as the result of prolonged exposure to weightlessness
    Last edited by chasb; 06-12-2008 at 11:39 PM.

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    There is definitely room for research on the efficacy of WBV and neurological pathologies. Dr. Harkema is currently looking at the effects of WBV and SCI. Below are promisings abstract on the WBV.

    Curr Sports Med Rep. 2008 May-Jun;7(3):152-7.

    Whole body vibration exercise: training and benefits.

    Dolny DG, Reyes GF.

    Department HPERD, University of Idaho, College of Education, Human Performance Laboratory, Moscow, ID 83844, USA.

    In recent years, it has been suggested that exercise using whole body vibration (WBV) platforms may increase muscle activity and subsequently enhance muscle performance in both acute and chronic conditions. WBV platforms produce frequencies ranging from 15-60 Hz and vertical displacements from ~1-11 mm, resulting in accelerations of ~2.2-5.1 g. Acute exposure to WBV has produced mixed results in terms of improving jump, sprint, and measures of muscle performance. With WBV training, younger fit subjects may not experience gains unless some type of external load is added to WBV exercise. However, sedentary and elderly individuals have demonstrated significant gains in most measures of muscle performance, similar with comparable traditional resistance exercise training programs. WBV training also has demonstrated gains in flexibility in younger athletic populations and gains or maintenance in bone mineral density in postmenopausal women. These promising results await further research to establish preferred WBV training parameters.

    Clin Rehabil. 2008 May;22(5):387-94.

    Results of a prospective pilot trial on mobility after whole body vibration in children and adolescents with osteogenesis imperfecta.

    Semler O, Fricke O, Vezyroglou K, Stark C, Stabrey A, Schoenau E.
    Children's Hospital, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany.

    Objective: To evaluate the effect of whole body vibration on the mobility of long-term immobilized children and adolescents with a severe form of osteogenesis imperfecta. Osteogenesis imperfecta is a hereditary primary bone disorder with a prevalence from 1 in 10000 to 1 in 20000 births. Most of these children are suffering from long-term immobilization after recurrent fractures. Due to the immobilization they are affected by loss of muscle (sarcopenia) and secondary loss of bone mass.Subjects: Whole body vibration was applied to eight children and adolescents (osteogenesis imperfecta type 3, N=5; osteogenesis imperfecta type 4, N=3) over a period of six months.Interventions and results: Whole body vibration was applied by a vibrating platform (Galileo Systems) constructed on a tilting-table. Success of treatment was assessed by measuring alterations of the tilting-angle and evaluating the mobility (Brief Assessment of Motor Function). All individuals were characterized by improved muscle force documented by an increased tilting-angle (median = 35 degrees) or by an increase in ground reaction force (median at start=30.0 [N/kg] (14.48-134.21); median after six months = 146.0 [N/kg] (42.46-245.25).Conclusions: Whole body vibration may be a promising approach to improve mobility in children and adolescents severely affected with osteogenesis imperfecta.
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