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Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 2560710, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/2560710
Review Article

Benefits of Whole-Body Vibration, as a Component of the Pulmonary Rehabilitation, in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: A Narrative Review with a Suitable Approach

1Programa de Pós-Graduação em Fisiopatologia Clínica e Experimental, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
2Programa de Pós-Graduação em Ciências Médicas, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
3Universidade Potiguar, Natal, RN, Brazil
4Departamento de Especialidades Médicas (Pneumologia e Tisiologia), Faculdade de Ciências Medicas, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
5Departamento de Biofísica e Biometria, Instituto de Biologia Roberto Alcantara Gomes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
6Laboratory of Physiology, European University Miguel de Cervantes, Valladolid, Spain
7CYMO Research Institute, Valladolid, Spain
8Departmento de Clínica Médica, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
9School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine, Australian Catholic University, Fitzroy, VIC, Australia

Received 6 November 2015; Accepted 15 March 2016

Academic Editor: Giuseppe Caminiti

Copyright © 2016 Danubia Sá-Caputo 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.

Abstract

Background. Appropriate management, including pulmonary rehabilitation, associated with correct diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in patients can contribute to improving clinical conditions of these patients. Physical activity is recommended for COPD patients. Whole-body vibration (WBV) is a modality of physical activity. Putting together the biological effects and safe use of WBV, it may be a potentially feasible intervention to add to pulmonary rehabilitation. The purpose of this investigation was to systematically review studies regarding the effects of WBV, as a component of the pulmonary rehabilitation, in patients with COPD. Results. A total of six publications met inclusion for review. There was evidence to support the beneficial use of WBV to improve functional performance of the lower limbs and quality of life. However, the appropriateness of and descriptors of WBV methods were poorly described. Conclusions. The results of this review support the use of WBV as a component of pulmonary rehabilitation to assist management of patients with COPD. However, future research should examine the dose-response curve and optimal dosing regimen of WBV according to standard reporting recommendations for people with COPD. Such an approach will allow comparison among studies and the potential of meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials.