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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 679248, 10 pages
Research Article

Safety and Effectiveness of Vibration Massage by Deep Oscillations: A Prospective Observational Study

1Chair of Complementary Medicine, Center of Internal Medicine, Rostock University Medicine, Ernst-Heydemann-Straße 6, 18057 Rostock, Germany
2Ernst von Bergmann Clinical Center, Center of Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Surgery Management, Charlottenstraße 72, 14467 Potsdam, Germany

Received 3 May 2013; Revised 29 July 2013; Accepted 28 August 2013

Academic Editor: Winfried Häuser

Copyright © 2013 Karin Kraft et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The objective of this study is to assess the safety of treatment with vibration massage using a deep oscillation device and the effects on symptom severity and quality of life in patients with primary fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS). Outpatients with FMS performed an observational prospective study with visits 2–4 weeks after the last treatment (control) and after further 2 months (follow-up). Patients were treated with 10 sessions of 45 min deep oscillation massage, 2/week. Primary outcome parameters were safety and tolerability (5-level Likert scale (1 = very good)) (after each treatment session and at control visit). Secondary outcome parameters were symptom severity (Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ), pain) and quality of life (SF-36). Seventy patients (97.1% females) were included. At control visit, 41 patients (58.6%) reported 63 mild and short-lasting adverse events, mainly worsening of prevalent symptoms such as pain and fatigue. Tolerability was rated as 1.8 (95% confidence interval: 1.53; 2.07). Symptoms and quality of life were significantly improved at both control and follow-up visits (at least ). In conclusion, deep oscillation massage is safe and well tolerated in patients with FMS and might improve symptoms and quality of life rather sustained.