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Whole Body Vibration for People with Spinal Cord Injury: a review

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Purpose of Review

The purposes of this review are to summarize recent findings related to use of whole body vibration for people with spinal cord injury, explain their significance for clinical practice, and outline future areas for research.

Recent Findings

Positive outcomes identified by whole body vibration research performed to date are that it appears to be safe and well tolerated, that it may improve tolerance to upright standing via increased muscle oxygenation and improved maintenance of blood pressure in the upright standing position, and that it improves the patient’s body awareness during treatment.


Clinical decision-making at this time should be guided by careful consideration of existing studies in light of the limited but emerging research in this area.

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Felter, C. Whole Body Vibration for People with Spinal Cord Injury: a review. Curr Phys Med Rehabil Rep 5, 99–107 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40141-017-0155-8

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  • Whole body vibration
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Spasticity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Bone mineral density
  • Cardiovascular function