Effect of vibration on muscle perfusion: a systematic review

Fuller, Joel T. and Thomson, Rebecca L. and Howe, Peter R. C. and Buckley, Jonathan D. (2013) Effect of vibration on muscle perfusion: a systematic review. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, 33 (1). pp. 1-10. ISSN 1475-0961


Vibration has become of increasing interest to health professionals, primarily owing to reports that vibration can increase tissue blood flow. The aim of this review was to investigate the available scientific evidence on the effects of exogenous vibration on skeletal muscle perfusion. The databases searched from inception to December 2010 included Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL via EbscoHost and CENTRAL. Experimental and observational studies, where exogenous vibration was an intervention, were included in this review. The main outcomes of interest were muscle blood volume, blood flow, blood flow velocity, arterial diameter and muscle temperature. One reviewer selected studies for inclusion, extracted data and assessed the quality of the eligible studies. Percentage change in muscle perfusion outcome was the measure of treatment effect, and regression analysis was used to investigate associations between vibratory load and muscle perfusion. Twenty-two studies with a total of 302 participants were included in this review. Muscle blood volume increased with vibration in five of nine studies and decreased in two studies; muscle blood flow velocity increased with vibration in five of six studies; muscle blood flow increased with vibration in two of three studies; vibration had a positive effect on arterial diameter in three of three studies; vibration had no effect on muscle temperature in two of two studies. The magnitude of increase in muscle perfusion was positively associated with vibratory load (P<0·001). We conclude that vibration increases muscle perfusion with the magnitude of increase positively related to the vibratory load applied.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Arterial diameter; Muscle blood flow; Muscle blood volume; Muscle temperature; Vibratory amplitude; Vibratory load; Cardiovascular Diseases and Cardiovascular Surgery; Hematology; Internal Medicine
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology > 110299 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1116 Medical Physiology > 111699 Medical Physiology not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3201 Cardiovascular medicine and haematology > 320199 Cardiovascular medicine and haematology not elsewhere classified
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3208 Medical physiology > 320899 Medical physiology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-097X.2012.01161.x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/31588

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