Whole body vibration: a new therapeutic approach to improve muscle function in cystic fibrosis?

Rietschel E, Koningsbruggen S, Fricke O, Semlar O, Schoenau E

This study aimed to evaluate the effects of Whole Body Vibration (WBV) on muscle function in patients with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). The theory behind WBV is that it stimulates muscle contractions via stretch reflexes, thereby improving muscle activity.

During treatment with WBV the following tests were carried out; Forced Vital Capacity (FVC), Forced Expiratory Volume (FEV), BMI, chair rising test, one and two leg jump test and grip strength.

The most significant improvements were noted in BMI and weight. FVC and FEV showed improvements but these were not significant. The authors state that the outcomes of the study support the use of WBV to improve muscle function in patients with CF.

International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 2008, 31(3), 253-256

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