alexa Whole Body Vibration as a Physiotherapy Tool for Post-Traumatic Knee Osteoarthritis Patients: A Commentary

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Whole Body Vibration as a Physiotherapy Tool for Post-Traumatic Knee Osteoarthritis Patients: A Commentary

In recent years, Whole Body Vibration (WBV) has emerged as a neuromuscular training method that uses a vibration stimulus to incite an involuntary response in muscles. As such, WBV represents a unique alternative to traditional training methods by providing similar training results requiring shorter time periods and less perceived effort. Vibration represents a mechanical oscillatory stimulus to soft tissues and their receptors . The intensity of vibration is determined by a combination of frequency, amplitude, and acceleration  which causes a reactive force in soft tissue, constituting a training stimulus . Vibration therapy has shown reductions in age-related decline in muscle strength . Studies have examined both the acute  and chronic response to WBV in muscle strength and power. These enhanced effects on muscular strength and power have been attributed to increased neural reflex activation, including recruitment; synchronization, neuromuscular coordination, and proprioceptor response. Further, the effects of WBV have also been reported to involve corticospinal and intracortical processes. Among its many uses, vibration has been applied in both preventative  and rehabilitative exercise.

Citation:

Hicks Little CA (2014) Whole Body Vibration as a Physiotherapy Tool for Post-Traumatic Knee Osteoarthritis Patients: A Commentary. J Nov Physiother 4: 230

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