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Whole Body Vibration Update

 A 12-week course of low-frequency vibration appears to be safe and feasible for improving dynamic balance in women with fibromyalgia, new research findings suggest.

Narcis Gusi, PhD, with the University of Extremadura in Caceres, Spain,
and colleagues reported their findings in the August 2010 issue of
Arthritis Care & Research.

As most of you know I use the Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) for neural and musculoskeletal rehab, but this article discusses whole-body vibration (WBV).  In WBV, a patient stands on a platform that oscillates at a particular frequency and amplitude, causing muscle contractions through stimulation of sensory receptors.

The study included 41 women aged 41 to 65 years who were randomized
either to a control group or to the vibration intervention, which
included a 30-minute session of instruction plus 3 sessions of
self-administered WBV per week for 12 weeks. Each session consisted of 6
repetitions of a 45- to 60-second, 12.5-Hz vibration.

WBV  has been shown to improve body balance and bone mass density (osteoporosis) in women. It may help muscle conditioning, endurance, and pain.

Arthritis Care Res. 2010;62:1072–1078.

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