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Scientific Research on Vibration Therapy
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Scientific Research on Vibration Therapy

Scientists have conducted many research projects on vibration therapy. Most research projects are literature reviews. Clinical trial projects are very limited and constrained.

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  • Challenges in research trial design and implementation
  • Lack of resources
  • Current research subjects and observations

Challenges in Research Trial Design and Implementation

Due to lack of resources and the challenging nature of the research, none of the clinical trials were adequately designed and implemented. Most trials were conducted in small scales at a preliminary stage. Many trails were not properly finished. The results from these clinical trials did not lead to reliable conclusions or just simply not concluded.

Among many challenges, the research trial design for vibration therapy involves many parameters, including motion pattern, frequency, amplitude, session time and postures, etc. Each clinical trial can only covered a very narrow scope of parameters.

For instance, a clinical trial may conclude vibration exercise does not turn out significant results using a 15Hz vibration plate. However, the potential results of using a 30Hz vibration plate are not tested.

Other challenges include inadequate randomization, inconsistent patient criteria, deficient selection of controls, lack of quantitative goals, patient recruitment and retention, sample size, and requird trial period.

Placebo effect from vibration is another major obstacle in measuring the actual efficacy.

Because of these conditions and challenges, scientific research experiments have not been able provide consistence results and guidance for any practical application of vibration therapy.

Lack of Resource

Current research trials are all in small scale and usually wrapped up at an early phase due to lack of funding.

There is no commercial incentive for conducting research on vibration therapy. Discovery will become public domain knowledge, which cannot be protected as intellectual property. There is no technical know-how for the manufacturing of the equipment. Therefore, commercial fundings are not interested in vibration therapy research.

Most research trials are conducted by universities, medical institutions and some sponsored programs, with very limited non-profit fundings. Research paper publication is the major incentive for the scholars.

Current Research and Observations

Through limited clinical trials, scientists observed and approved the benefits and unique effectiveness using vibration therapy to treat a wide range of medical conditions, including poor circulation, bone loss, muscle atrophy, and nerve disorders.

Most scientists consider the frequency ranage between 20Hz and 40Hz be more effective. Most clinical trials are conducted using vibration plate at this frequency range. There are disageement on the seletion of vibration amplitude.

The following are the vibration therapy applications that have been gaining momentum in scientific research and practices.

Osteoporosis treatment
Blood circulation improvement
Lymphedema treatment
Parkinson's disease treatment
Cerebral palsy treatment
Muscle health improvement
Knee joint health improvement
Fibromyalgia treatment