Key Features

  • First book of its kind applying evidence-based vibration technology to physical (physiotherapy) and sport therapy practice
  • Exercise recommendations accompanied by over 70 four-colour illustrations
  • Indications and contra-indications in clinical practice
  • Comprehensive literature review of evidence base and principles
  • Written and supported by experts actively applying this technology to their practice
  • Access to PIN-protected website with over 35 exercise video clips (www.usingwholebodyvibration.com)- see inside front cover for your PIN and instructions on how to register

Table of Contents

Foreword by Professor Martha R. Hinman
Acknowledgements

Chapter 1 Introduction
History
Is vibration a natural stimulus?
Definition
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
Stiffness
Resonance
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
Tensegrity
Conclusion

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

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

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
Conclusion
Exercises proposals: stretching section
Appendix: Synopsis of research into WBV 
Index

Details

No. of pages:
216
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2010
Published:
Imprint:
Churchill Livingstone
Print ISBN:
9780702031731
Electronic ISBN:
9780702050619

About the authors

Alfio Albasini

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Affiliations and Expertise

Private Practitioner, Sydney, Australia.

Ingo Rembitzki

Affiliations and Expertise

Physical therapist, Certified MT and MLT, Chairman of the Clinical Excellence Circle of Otto Bock Health Care Company, Projectmanager Medical Affairs; Instructor WBV therapy.