3.1 Whole-body vibration exercise in postmenopausal osteoporosis

Journal: Menopause review (Prz Menapauzalny) 2015 Mar; 14(1):41-47

Study Context: These researchers reviewed the scientific literature of vibration exercise in patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis.

Results: A number of studies were cited here that demonstrated improved bone mineral density in women with post-menopausal osteoporosis.Researchers concluded that whole body vibration exercise is indeed a useful strategy for treating and preventing bone loss and for decreasing fracture risk. Vibration exercise is also one of the elements of the ICARO (Innovative Comprehensive Active Rehabilitation of Osteoporosis) strategy, a European osteoporosis rehabilitation initiative.

Comments: Unfortunately, despite the effectiveness of vibration exercise we still do not know the optimal frequency range. Even in the animal studies there is no consensus as to the best frequency of vibration to use. It probably takes at least 6 months of training for these changes to become significant, and many of the studies lasted for one year.