Effects of local vibration therapy on various performance parameters: a narrative literature review, 2018

Topics: chiropractic; local muscle vibration; performance; vibration.

Authors: Darrin Germann, Amr El Bouse, Jordan Shnier, Nader Abdelkader, Mohsen Kazemi


Introduction: The therapeutic effects of local muscle vibration (LMV) remain controversial due to a lack of specific protocols. This review was conducted to better understand the effects of various LMV application protocols.

Methods: A comprehensive literature search was performed based on title and abstract and a set of predetermined inclusion criteria. Study quality was then evaluated via the PEDro scale.

Results: 23 articles were returned initially, and 21 studies were evaluated. The average PEDro score was 5.97/10. Reported outcome measures included muscle activation, strength, power, and range of motion / flexibility. The frequency and amplitude of LMV ranged from 5 – 300 Hz and 0.12-12 mm respectively, and duration from 6 seconds – 30 minutes.

Conclusion: Most studies found that LMV elicits beneficial changes in the mentioned outcome measures. However, the methodological procedures used are quite heterogeneous. Further research is needed to understand the optimal application of LMV.

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