Use of vibration exercise in spinal cord injury patients who regularly practise sport

Giovanni Melchiorri, Angela Andreoli, Elvira Padua, Roberto Sorge, Antonino De Lorenzo

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the applicability and effects of mechanical vibration on body composition and mechanical properties of the arm in patients with spinal cord injury (SCI). For this purpose, ten volunteers with thoracic SC! were recruited. Measurements were performed before and after a period of treatment with mechanical vibration applied during forearm flexion in isometric condition. The subjects were tested performing forearm flexion (both right and left side) with increasing loads, corresponding to 5, 8, 10 and 15% of their own body weight. Average velocity (AV), average force (AF) and average power (AP) were calculated. The Functional Independence Measure was used to evaluate daily autonomy at baseline. Total body and segmental (arms) body composition, fat mass, fat-free mass, and bone mineral density, were studied by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. Functional measurements (AV, AF, AP) and body composition were measured at three time points: after a medical examination and interview (TO); after an interval of 12 weeks without physical therapy or training (T1); and finally after a further 12-week period during which the patients performed segmental vibration exercise (T2). The results showed statistically significant increases in AV and AP on the right (dominant) side (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-154
Number of pages4
JournalFunctional Neurology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


  • Rehabilitation
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Vibration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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