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Whole-body vibration doesn’t slow bone loss

November 17, 2011

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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Howard LeWine, M.D., is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Chief Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publishing, and editor in chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. See Full Bio
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Tom S
February 1, 2012

The study is very questionable.

First was the participants. Most were healthy and didn’t need to increase bone density. Those with bone problems who might build bone density and might benefit from the therapy were excluded

Some of the machines don’t appear to be much more than foot massagers (ie as low as 12.5Hz, some with slight amplitude)

Session length. As little as 3 times a week. As short as 15 second sessions and rest periods.

I think we’ll discount the study.

My wife and I have been using our WBV machine for a couple of years and definitely feel the benefits. She’s 67 and I’m 74. She has a plate where she broke her leg near the hip and I have a partial knee transplant. Only problem I have is she won’t put on a grass skirt and let me make a video of her doing the hula on the machine.

Nyla Crystal | Sacramento Belly Dancer
December 14, 2011

Darn! So all that shimmying I do isn’t building my bone strength! You’ve got a great point though. Doing exercise you love is much better for you and more motivating than forcing yourself to do something you don’t like.

Merna Giorgio
December 11, 2011

Hello. Fantastic job. I did not assume this on a Wednesday. That is a fantastic story. Thanks!

Allen Kook
December 11, 2011

Can you supply much more information on this? and where i can discover rssof your weblog?

December 8, 2011

Oh that life were that simple! The only way that you keep good bone alignment is by correct timing and strength of the local and global muscle stabilizers. Loads of research on this by the Australian physios. The human body was not designed to stand on vibrators.


Richard Moss
November 22, 2011

I’d hate to say that whole body vibration is ineffective for reversing bone loss on the basis of this study. The study group was restricted to older women. Would the results be the same for a younger demographic and those with osteopenia?

Richard Moss, Editor, PE

Nill Bond
November 22, 2011

Great resource! Thanks for the guidelines you have shared, Really informative & valuable discuss.

November 18, 2011

I am glad to read the blog i had fun reading the information. I would like to appreciate the effort from the author.

November 18, 2011

Does it help with weight loss?

November 19, 2011

Whole Body Vibration has so many benefits and yes one of them is assisting in weight loss. WBV can also; Increase Muscle Strength, Tone And Firm Muscles, Improve Flexibility, Increase Metabolism, Decrease Cellulite, Improve Mobility, Improve Coordination, Massage Muscles, and depending on the type of platform used WBV can be Low Impact – Kind To Joints.

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