Tilting Vibration Improves Quality of Life

J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Aug;17(8):723-8. doi: 10.1089/acm.2010.0296. Epub 2011 Jul 12.

Tilting Whole Body Vibration improves quality of life in women with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial.

Olivares PR, Gusi N, Parraca JA, Adsuar JC, Del Pozo-Cruz B.

SourceFaculty of Sport Sciences, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.


OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of 12-week tilting Whole Body Vibration therapy (WBV) on Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) in fibromylagia (FM) within the context of a randomized control trial (ISRCTN16950947).

SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Thirty-six (36) women with FM were randomly allocated to either an exercise or a control group. The women in the exercise group were assigned to a 12-week course of tilting WBV (12.5-Hz frequency; 3-mm amplitude). HRQoL was assessed using the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) and a 15D questionnaire.

RESULTS: A 12-week course of tilting WBV therapy was associated with improvements in FIQ scores (12%) but not in the 15D questionnaire.

CONCLUSIONS: Tilting WBV was a feasible intervention that prevented the loss of HRQoL in previously physically untrained women with FM.

PMID: 21749265