2.1 Cardiac autonomic response during recovery from a maximal exercise using whole body vibration

Journal: Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 2013; 21:294-299

Study Context: After performing a bicycle exercise test to exhaustion, the group was divided into an active recovery group (they sat with their feet resting on a vibration platform) or a passive recovery group (resting with no vibration stimulus). Researchers looked at heart rate and heart rate variability at 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 minutes post-exercise.

Results: Whole body vibration reduced heart rate and increased total power during the recovery of intense exercise. The greatest difference in heart rate was found at the 2 minute mark post-exercise (2 min - Recovery Heart Rate 103 ppm in WBV group and 111 ppm in the control group)

Comments:  Whole body vibration recovery likely prevented venous pooling due to reflex muscle contractions and enhanced uncle pump activity. This increase in venous return would offset the need to increase heart rate to the level observed during inactive recovery.