Abstract This study investigated in older adults whether whole-body vibration (WBV) training results in significant increases of physical fitness measures without alterations in markers of inflammation. Sixteen volunteers completed a WBV programme 3 d.wk(-1) during 9 weeks. The programme consisted of lower and upper-body unloaded static and dynamic exercises. Training improved significantly several tests which evaluate physical fitness, such as 30-s chair stand, arm curl or chair sit and reach test. There was a significant increase in maximal voluntary isometric contraction (MVIC) between pre- and post-training conditions. Muscle power values, reached at 20, 40 and 60% MVIC, were also significantly greater after training. However, mRNA or protein levels for C-reactive protein, interleukin-6, interleukin-1β, tumour necrosis factor-α and interleukin-10 did not significantly differ from basal values. Our data confirm the usefulness of WBV training for counteracting the loss of muscle strength associated with sarcopenia in older adults and show that WBV training could be a safe training method which induces no inflammatory effects.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Vibrations produced in oscillating/vibratory platform generate whole body vibration (WBV) exercises, which are important in
sports, as well as in treating diseases, promoting rehabilitation, and improving the quality of life.WBV exercises relevantly increase
themuscle strength,muscle power, and the bone mineral density, aswell as improving the postural control, the balance, and the gait.
An important number of publications are found in the PubMed database with the keyword “flexibility” and eight of the analyzed
papers involving WBV and flexibility reached a level of evidence II. The biggest distance between the third finger of the hand to
the floor (DBTFF) of a patient with metabolic syndrome (MS) was found before the first session and was considered to be 100%.
The percentages to the other measurements in the different sessions were determined to be related to the 100%. It is possible to
see an immediate improvement after each session with a decrease of the %DBTFF. As the presence of MS is associated with poorer
physical performance, a simple and safe protocol usingWBV exercises promoted an improvement of the flexibility in a patient with
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