In a presentation at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, researchers from Indiana University reported that whole-body vibration exercise may reduce pain symptoms and facilitate improved quality of life in individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Study authors termed their findings “promising” but not entirely clear if due to the added vibration or simply the effects of additional activity.
Whole-body vibration exercise involves standing, sitting or lying on a machine with a vibrating platform that causes muscles to contract and relax as the machine vibrates. The machines primarily are used by researchers but have begun appearing in fitness centers and are sold commercially. The study authors stated that vibration training is increasingly being studied in clinical populations as a potential therapeutic mode of exercise training. Regular exercise participation is one of the best known therapies for patients with fibromyalgia. A news story about the findings may be read here.