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Is whole body vibration (WBV) training safe?

Eric Beard
Sports Medicine

Whole Body Vibration (WBV) Training is safe for most people. There are some contraindications however including but not limited to; nephrolithiasis, severe headaches, blurred vision or serious ocular disease, acute hernia, discopathy, spondylolysis, cardiovascular disease, chronic heart failure, pacemaker, acute thrombosis, lower extremity ulcers, recent infections, tumors, recent wounds from surgery, recent fractures, acute tendonitis, hip and knee implants, recently placed screws, pins, plates and coils and recently placed IUDs. There should be precautions taken if any of the following applies to a user; cognitive impairments, dementia, dropouts, high risk or untreated hypertension, severe diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis,  gallstones, kidney stones. As WBV becomes more popular and more research studies are done on this type of training, more contraindications may be identified.

If you have any specific questions direct them to your physician and see a qualified instructor when looking to included WBV into your fitness program.

Yes. For healthy individuals whole body vibration(WBV) appears to be very safe.However, as with any exercise routine,consult your physician or other qualified medical professional before incorporating WBV into your routine. Because no additional weights are necessary, WBV involves minimal loading to the passive structures of the body such as bones, ligaments, and joints. This makes WBV highly suited for people that have difficulty performing traditional forms of exercise due to old age, illness, disorder, excessive weight, or injury.

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