Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) show improvements in rehabilitative exercise efforts when the activities are complemented with Whole Body Vibration sessions, (according to a study published online November 21 and in the January 2012 print issue of Respiratory Medicine).
When using Whole Body Vibration therapy, patients exercise by simply standing on a vibrating platform that produces sinusoidal oscillations. The method has shown improved neuromuscular and hormonal responses in healthy participants compared with resistance training alone, and it has also been shown to offer benefits for patients with other diseases such as COPD, according to Rainer Gloeckl, from the Department of Respiratory Medicine, Schoen Klinik Hospital, Schoenau am Koenigssee, Germany, and colleagues.
“So far, [Whole Body Vibration] has also been established in rehabilitation programs for patients with neurological diseases to improve postural control or for patients with osteoporosis to enhance bone mineral density,” they write.
Endurance and strength training are considered essential components for rehabilitation of patients with COPD, but many with the disease suffer from limitations in the capacity to perform conventional exercise resulting in poor quality of life and an increased mortality risk.
“Whilst the use of endurance and strength training are established and evidence-based exercise modalities in patients with COPD, the validation of further complementary exercise methods is considered a remaining challenge,” the authors note.
Whole Body Vibration sessions typically last 10 minutes and are repeated 3 – 5 times per week.
“In consideration of the short total exposure time to [Whole Body Vibration], the additionally attained effects are quite striking,” to quote the authors.
The Whole Body Vibration concept originated in the 1970s as a means for Russian cosmonauts to train for space and prevent the loss of bone mineral and muscle mass during space flights, and the method was revived in the 1990s for use by professional athletes in exercise training.
“Muscle contractions that occur during Whole Body Vibration training are caused by ‘fast twitch’ stretch reflexes instead of the voluntary muscle control that occurs with common or conventional resistance training,” the authors explain. “The user has no direct influence on muscle activity itself and can only control body posture, movement and exercise objective.”
This study is completely unbiased as the authors have disclosed no relevant financial relationships.
In summary: Under normal circumstances, it is nearly impossible for patients with Emphysema or COPD to undertake any kind of even mildly strenuous physical exercise. A ten minute session on a Whole Body Vibration machine can enable these patients to achieve nearly all of the benefits of a conventional workout or traditional form of fitness training.
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