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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 7302892, 6 pages
Research Article

Focal Muscle Vibration and Physical Exercise in Postmastectomy Recovery: An Explorative Study

1Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Division, Umberto I Hospital, Rome, Italy
2Rehabilitation and Recovery Division, P.O. Nord, Az. Usl Latina, Latina, Italy
3Institute of Human Physiology, Catholic University, Rome, Italy
4National Centre for Epidemiology, Surveillance and Health Promotion, National Institute of Health, Rome, Italy
5Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases, University Sapienza of Rome, Rome, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to Filippo Camerota; ti.orebil@atoremac.f

Received 16 November 2016; Revised 22 February 2017; Accepted 5 March 2017; Published 26 March 2017

Academic Editor: Panagiotis Korovessis

Copyright © 2017 Claudia Celletti 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.


Background. Physical activity initiation and maintenance are particular challenges in the postmastectomy recovery and in particular Dragon Boat racing seems to be a useful sport activity. The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of focal muscle vibration as a proprioceptive input to improve upper limb functioning in a group of “paddlers” patients. Methods. A group of paddlers has been evaluated before vibratory treatment (T0), immediately after therapy (T1), after one week (T2), and after one month (T3) with DASH questionnaire, Body Image Scale, McGill pain questionnaire, Constant Scale, and Short Form 36 questionnaire. Results. Fourteen patients showed a significant reduction in disability score using DASH scale, an improvement of upper limb function using the Constant scale, and a reduction of pain at the McGill pain questionnaire. The Mental Composite Score of the Short Form 36 questionnaire showed significant results while no significant results had been found regarding the physical mental score . Conclusion. Focal muscle vibration may be a useful treatment in a postmastectomy recovery of upper limb functionality.