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Multiple Sclerosis International
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 274728, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/274728
Review Article

Benefits of Whole-Body Vibration with an Oscillating Platform for People with Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review

1Laboratório de Radiofarmácia Experimental, Departamento de Biofísica e Biometria, Instituto de Biologia Roberto Alcantara Gomes, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, 20551-030 Vila Isabel, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
2Centro de Ciências da Saúde, Universidade Severino Sombra, 27700-000 Vassouras, RJ, Brazil
3Department of Neurology, Multiple Sclerosis Center, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR 97239, USA
4Coordenadoria de Pesquisa, Instituto Nacional do Câncer, 20230-130 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

Received 15 December 2011; Revised 16 February 2012; Accepted 24 February 2012

Academic Editor: Antonio Bertolotto

Copyright © 2012 Sebastião David Santos-Filho 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

The objective of this work was to investigate the effects of whole-body vibration on people with multiple sclerosis (MS). PubMed, CINAHL and Scopus databases were systematically searched for studies on the use of whole-body vibration (WBV) exercise in people with MS. These searches were supplemented with material identified in the references and in the authors’ personal files. A qualitative analysis was performed to summarize the findings. Five studies with a total of seventy-one subjects were identified. All of these studies had small numbers of subjects (3–25), and two of the studies had no control groups. Some investigations have shown significant improvements of the muscle strength, of the functional mobility, and of the timed get up and go test in patients with MS. The number of publications found in the databanks searched is small, and in general, they have limitations in the design of protocols with a weakness to the interpretation of the findings. However, the analysis of the findings in these studies permits to conclude that some papers indicate that WBV exercises could benefit patients with MS. In addition, we suggest further larger scale investigations with controlled parameters and well-designed protocols into the effects of WBV exercises in people with MS.