Using Whole Body Vibration in Physical Therapy and Sport

Clinical practice and treatment exercises


  • Alfio Albasini, PT, GradDip Manip Therap, Private Practicioner; International Teacher, McConnell Institute, Neurodynamic Solutions (NDS); Member of CEC Otto Bock; Member of SUPSI and USI; Università della Svizzera Italiana; Chairman Congresso di Roma, Spine II (2009)
  • Martin Krause, Bachelor Applied Science (Physiotherapy). Graduate Certificate Health Science Education. Master of Applied Science (Manipulative Physiotherapy). Graduate Diploma Health Science (Exercise & Sport). Certificate IV Workplace Assessment and Training, Private Practitioner, Sydney, Australia.
  • Ingo Rembitzki, PT, Instr. WBV Therapie, Projectmanagement Medical Affairs, Physical therapist, Certified MT and MLT, Chairman of the Clinical Excellence Circle of Otto Bock Health Care Company, Projectmanager Medical Affairs; Instructor WBV therapy.

This innovative new manual demonstrates the application of vibration technology to the treatment of pathologies such as osteoporosis, osteopenia, stroke and different musculoskeletal disorders. It covers pathology on the upper and lower extremities as well as the whole spine. New treatment strategies are practically and logically presented with recommended exercises and accompanying instructions that can be applied using the vibration platforms. Rationale is given for selected vibration frequencies, amplitudes and modes for the duration and frequency of the exercise session. The manual is grounded in evidence underpinned by a thorough literature review (including a balanced view of both pros and cons) and clinical cases. The authors present clinical treatment parameters that are evidence-based and have supportive physiological rationale that is consistent with the nature of the pathology being treated. The text is further supported by online access to over 35 video clips demonstrating the possible treatment exercises.
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Physiotherapists, sports and exercise medics, manual and massage therapists


Book information

  • Published: December 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-3173-1

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Martha R. Hinman

Chapter 1 Introduction
Is vibration a natural stimulus?
Commercial devices that deliver WBV

Chapter 2 Biomechanic principles of WBV
The inverted pendulum and walking
Simple harmonic motion (SHM)
Motor control: length, stiffness and potential
Force exerted by stretched or compressed material
Elastic potential energy
Hill model of viscoelasticity and motor control
Generation of torque and the conservation of momentum
Inverse dynamics
Eccentric exercise and plyometrics

Chapter 3 Theoretical considerations in the clinical application of WBV to sarcopenia, osteoporosis and metabolic syndrome
WBV and muscle function
Immune function and Sarcopenia
Clinical affects of WBV on bone density
Clinical affects of WBV on obesity and metabolic syndrome

Chapter 4 Indications and contraindications in the clinical application of WBV: immediate and long term affects and their influence on the selection of dosage
Clinical research on acute and long-term effects of WBV
The influence of WBV on pain

Chapter 5 Whole body vibration: treatment with patients or athletes
Preparation for Therapy
Guidelines and indications using examples of exercises for specific clinical conditions
Exercise proposals
Strengthening exercises 

Chapter 6 WBV as a warm-up prior to sport - effects on flexibility
Whole body vibration and the effect on flexibility: a review
Exercises proposals: stretching section
Appendix: Synopsis of research into WBV