Vibration exercise makes your muscles and bones stronger: fact or fiction? J Br Menopause Soc

Olympic Medical Institute, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, UK.
Menopause International (formerly Journal of the British Menopause Society) 04/2006; 12(1):12-8. DOI: 10.1258/136218006775997261
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Vibration transmitted to the whole body or part of it has been extensively studied in relation to the risks to the health and safety of workers. These studies have highlighted the particular danger of lower-back morbidity and spinal trauma arising after prolonged exposure to vibration. However, short-term exposure to whole-body vibration (WBV) or the use of vibrating dumbbells can have beneficial effects on the musculoskeletal system. As a consequence of this encouraging work, many manufacturers have developed exercise devices characterized by vibrating plates transmitting vibration to the whole body and vibrating dumbbells. Preliminary results seem to recommend WBV exercise as a therapeutic alternative for preventing/reversing sarcopenia and possibly osteoporosis. However, there is a paucity of well designed studies in the elderly. In particular, there is a lack of understanding of the physiological mechanisms involved in the adaptive responses to vibration exposure, and of the most appropriate vibration parameters to be used in order to maximize gains and improve safety. The effectiveness of this novel exercise modality on musculoskeletal structures is examined in this review. The physiological mechanisms involved in the adaptive responses to vibration exercise are discussed and suggestions for future studies are made.

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    • "This finding has potentially important practical implications. For example, the exercise regimes (Kerr et al., 1996; Wallace and Cumming, 2000; Wolff et al., 1999) or vibration therapies (Cardinale and Rittweger, 2006; Flieger et al., 1998) designed to increase bone mass and/or to prevent bone mass loss could be optimized such that the musculoskeletal system is loaded with a frequency close to the natural frequencies of the targeted bone. Furthermore, the exercise regimes could be made subject-specific taking account of the natural frequencies of every specific subject. "
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    • "For inclusion to the trial, potential participants had to exhibit stable COPD, be living in a fully-independent residence, and have the capacity to complete ADLs [7,8]. Potential participants also had to be free of self-reported WBV contraindications [9] and successfully complete a battery of balance, vision and cognition tests [8]. Potential participants were excluded if they were currently treated with corticosteroids or had experienced self-reported COPD exacerbations earlier than six months prior to the commencement of the trial. "
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    • "Muscle response and adaptation to vibrating force seems to be influenced by the characteristics of the input signal, i.e., frequency and amplitude [6], [17], as well as muscle tension [18]–[20]. The vibration frequencies adopted in previous works were in the range of 15–60 Hz [17], [20], [21]. Previous studies on WBV exercise have suggested 30 Hz as the optimal training frequency for the vastus lateralis muscle [17]. "
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