Monday, June 9, 2014

Vibration helps Fibromyalgia

Source: Indiana State University
Date:   May 29, 2014
URL:    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/05/140529154009.htm


Vibration exercise study finds some relief for fibromyalgia
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Summary

Whole-body vibration exercise may reduce pain symptoms and improve
aspects of quality of life in individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia,
research shows. Whole-body vibration exercise involves standing,
sitting or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform that causes
muscles to contract and relax as the machine vibrates. The machines
primarily are used by researchers but have begun appearing in fitness
centers and are sold commercially.

A pilot study by Indiana University researchers found that whole-body
vibration exercise may reduce pain symptoms and improve aspects of
quality of life in individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia.

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'Our findings are promising, but it is not entirely clear whether
these improvements were the result of added vibration or just the
effects of being more active,' said lead author Tony Kaleth, associate
professor in the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management
at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. Effects of
whole-body vibration exercise on physical function and pain severity
in patients with fibromyalgia' was discussed on Thursday during the
clinical populations session at the American College of Sports
Medicine annual meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Regular exercise participation is one of the best known therapies for
patients with fibromyalgia, a disorder characterized by widespread
musculoskeletal pain and fatigue. Many patients, however, are averse
to participating over fears of pain that may be associated with
increased physical activity. As a result, said Kaleth, many patients
continue to spiral downward, further exacerbating a sedentary
lifestyle that often leads to a worsening of symptoms. 'Over time,
this can lead to additional weight gain, as well as accompanying
chronic health conditions associated with obesity, such as high blood
pressure, and type 2 diabetes,' he said.

Whole-body vibration exercise involves standing, sitting or lying on a
machine with a vibrating platform that causes muscles to contract and
relax as the machine vibrates. The machines primarily are used by
researchers but have begun appearing in fitness centers and are sold
commercially. 'Vibration training is increasingly being studied in
clinical populations as a potential therapeutic mode of exercise
training,' Kaleth said. 'Although the results are largely equivocal
and in need of further study, studies have reported improvements in
strength, muscle spasticity and pain in select populations.'

Fibromyalgia, which has no cure, is primarily diagnosed in women and
may also involve difficulties with sleep, memory and mood. The
disorder affects an estimated 1-3 percent of the population.

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