Effects of whole-body vibration exercise on human bone density – systematic review
Authors: Rehn, Börje; Nilsson, Peter; Norgren, Martin
Source: Physical Therapy Reviews, Volume 13, Number 6, December 2008 , pp. 427-433(7)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:Objectives: The effects of whole-body vibration exercise (WBVE) on human bone density are systematically reviewed.
Methods: Several databases, PubMed, Cinahl, Embase and Pedro were searched and papers graded according to the Pedro scale. The grey literature was also evaluated and added to the review. Two independent reviewers evaluated the quality of the studies and evidence for an effect.
Results: Eight of the nine included studies showed positive effects for WBVE on bone density in the lower half of the body particularly in post-menopausal women.
Discussion/Conclusion: Because the overall strength of evidence was considered moderate, several clinical questions still need to be addressed. Existing studies, however, suggest that WBVE may be a promising training modality.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 2008