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Using Whole Body Vibration in Physical Therapy and Sport

Clinical practice and treatment exercises

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.

Physiotherapists, sports and exercise medics, manual and massage therapists


Published: December 2009

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3173-1


  • 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 


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