Whole body vibration therapy for painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy: A pilot study.

Author: Kessler NJ, Hong J.
Willamette University, Department of Exercise Science, 900 State Street, Salem, OR 97301, USA.
Conference/Journal: J Bodyw Mov Ther.
Date published: 2013 Oct
Other: Volume ID: 17 , Issue ID: 4 , Pages: 518-22 , Special Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.jbmt.2013.03.001 , Word Count: 176

The unsatisfactory results associated with conventional treatments for symptoms of diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) demonstrate a need for research into alternative therapies. The purpose of this study was to determine the efficacy of whole body vibration therapy (WBV) as a treatment for pain associated with DPN. Participants (n = 8) with painful DPN received three treatment sessions per week for four weeks. Each session consisted of four bouts of 3 min of vibration (frequency 25 Hz, amplitude 5 mm). The primary outcome measures were changes in the visual analog pain scale (VAS) and changes in the neuropathic pain scale (NPS). WBV demonstrated a significant (p < 0.05) acute pain reduction in the VAS, and a significant chronic reduction in both the VAS and NPS scales. No side-effects were observed during this study. WBV appears to be an effective, non-invasive treatment for pain associated with DPN.
Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Ltd.
DPN, Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, Diabetic peripheral neuropathy, Gate-control theory of pain, NPS, Neuropathic pain scale, Non-pharmaceutical treatment, VAS, Visual analog scale, Vibration therapy, WBV, Whole body vibration, Whole body vibration

PMID: 24139013