Whole-body vibration is a therapeutic practice where an individual stands, sits, or lies on a machine with a vibrating platform, transmitting vibration frequencies to the body, eliciting muscle contractions by stimulating muscle spindles and motor neurons.
It’s been reported that this approach can improve the formation and maintenance of neuromuscular junctions — the site where nerve cells and muscles communicate, resulting in enhanced muscle strength, balance and coordination across various neurological conditions; such as stroke, and, or cerebral palsy.
Recent bodies of literature published regarding whole body vibration therapy (VT) report a single session of VT to have an acute effect in decreasing coordination deficits, reflex excitability, and spasticity. Therefore, positively affecting gross motor skills, gait, mobility, and strength in patients with cerebral palsy, with lasting effects up to 30 minutes.
Increased muscle mass and bone-mineral density
Improved gross motor function
Improved postural strength and global strength
Improved gait and mobility
Reduced muscle tone and spasticity
Reduced cerebral palsy related physical disability and sensorimotor difficulties
Vibration training may enhance an individual’s independence more easily and efficiently by incorporating vibration therapy into therapy practices and strength programmes for optimal neurorehabilitation.
NAPA Centre (2020)