Br J Sports Med 39:585-589 doi:10.1136/bjsm.2005.016857
  • Review

Whole body vibration exercise: are vibrations good for you?

  1. M Cardinale1,
  2. J Wakeling2
  1. 1College of Life Sciences and Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK and British Olympic Medical Institute, Northwick Park Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2The Royal Veterinary College, Structure and Motion Laboratory, North Mymms, Herts AL9 7TA, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Cardinale
 College of Life Sciences and Medicine, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen AB25 2ZD, Scotland, UK;
  • Accepted 25 April 2005


Whole body vibration has been recently proposed as an exercise intervention because of its potential for increasing force generating capacity in the lower limbs. Its recent popularity is due to the combined effects on the neuromuscular and neuroendocrine systems. Preliminary results seem to recommend vibration exercise as a therapeutic approach for sarcopenia and possibly osteoporosis. This review analyses state of the art whole body vibration exercise techniques, suggesting reasons why vibration may be an effective stimulus for human muscles and providing the rationale for future studies.


  • Competing interests: none declared