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Whole-body vibration as potential intervention for people with low bone mineral density and osteoporosis: A review

Julia O. Totosy de Zepetnek, MSc(c), et al.

Figure. Amplitude (peak-to-peak displacement) from vertical whole-bodyvibration platform.

Muscle atrophy and decreased bone density are common among older adults, postmenopausal women, and individuals with physical impairments. Low bone density or osteoporosis can lead to fractures among these populations, resulting in substantial morbidity and possibly mortality. Exercise and other interventions to improve osteoporotic conditions may be difficult or not practical for these populations. Whole-body vibration has been examined as a potential intervention for maintaining or improving bone mass, because it may imitate the mechanical strains seen during normal daily activities.


Volume 46 Number 4, 2009
   Pages 529 — 542


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