Whole body vibration

With Whole Body Vibration ( WBV), you stand, sit, or lie on a machine with a vibrating platform. As the machine vibrates, it transmits energy to your body, forcing the muscles to contract and relax dozens of times each second. Initially vibration training was used in the fitness industry to improve neuromuscular functions and bone strength. In the past 10 years, it has been expanding quickly into all areas of physical medicine and rehabilitation. There a growing body of literature supporting WBV for the rehabilitation of patients with various conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson, Stroke Rehabilitation and in patients with Cerebral Palsy.

The neurological disorder Cerebral Palsy (CP) is caused by un-progressive lesions of the immature brain and affects movement, posture, and the musculoskeletal system. Vibration therapy is increasingly used to reduce the signs and symptoms associated with this developmental disability.

They found that WBV helps to decrease reflex excitability, and spasticity and improves muscles strength and coordination, in patients with cerebral palsy. According to the research combining whole body vibration with a regular physiotherapy program yielded a significant better improvement in overall gross motor functioning.

Therefore, WBV could reduce CP-associated physical disability and sensorimotor handicaps more easily and efficiently by incorporating WBV into standard physiotherapy sessions for optimal neurorehabilitation.