Is Whole-Body Vibration an Effective and Safe Treatment Choice for Older Adults? - PT44

Is Whole-Body Vibration an Effective and Safe Treatment Choice for Older Adults?

by Harold Merriman, PT, PhD, CLT
(4.1 / 479 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Physical Therapy (1.00 Hour(s))

Price: $19.00
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Whole-body vibration applies a vibratory stimulus to the entire body by having the subject stand on a vibrating platform as opposed to isolating a specific body area. WBV is a newer modality used in fitness clubs and physical therapy clinics as a method of exercise and functional training, and many vendors are marketing WBV units for home use. Practical and safe clinical WBV guidelines must be followed to ensure optimal benefit in older adults and deconditioned patients.


The goal of this whole-body vibration (WBV) continuing education activity is to provide physical therapists with an overview of whole-body vibration use in older adults to treat common chronic diseases and deficits and to teach the PT how to select the proper treatment parameters to produce a safe treatment protocol. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Discuss potential physiological mechanisms of WBV action
  • Discuss the two basic types of WBV equipment and the various parameters the PT can select to achieve a safe WBV intervention that minimizes harmful vibration levels
  • Review the proposed effectiveness of WBV treatment to enhance bone density, muscle performance, balance, and functional mobility in older adults

Approval Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved sponsor by The New York State Education Department of Continuing Education for Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants from 10/21/09 to 10/20/21.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider GED012010TPTA2012004 for 01/01/2010 to 01/31/2013; 1601004 for 02/01/2013 to 01/31/2016; and 1902004TX for 02/01/2016 to 01/31/2019 and meets continuing competence requirements for physical therapist and physical therapist assistant licensure renewal in Texas. The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.
OnCourse Learning is recognized by The Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California.
OnCourse Learning is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000275) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from July 2013 through September 30, 2018.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The Ohio Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 12S1523 for 10/01/12 to 10/01/13; 14S1731 for 10/03/14 to 10/03/15; 15S2360 for 10/04/15 to 10/04/16; 16S1875 for 10/05/16 to 10/05/17; 17S6296 for 10/6/17 to 10/6/18)
The Florida Physical Therapy Association (approval no. CP120019118 for 01/01/12 to 12/31/12, CP130019114 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/13; CP140022311 for 01/01/14 to 12/31/14; CP150024050 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/15; CE16-27174 for 01/01/16 to 12/31/16; CE17-539552 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/17; CE18-539552 for 01/01/18 to 12/31/18); Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the Florida Physical Therapy Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The Tennessee Physical Therapy Association for Class 1 Continuing Education Requirement (approval no. 4470 for 10/01/12 to 09/30/13; 5236 for 10/01/13 to 09/30/14; 5801 for 10/01/14 to 09/30/15; 2218 for 10/01/15 to 09/30/16; 2016-409 for 10/01/16 to 09/30/17; 2017-438 for 10/01/17 to 09/30/18)
The Pennsylvania Board of Physical Therapy (approval no. PTCE003314 for 10/01/12 to 12/31/12, PTCE003867 for 01/01/13 to 12/31/14, PTCE007153 for 01/01/15 to 12/31/16; PTCE010192 for 01/01/17 to 12/31/18)
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 750-2012 for 08/14/12 to 01/31/14; 365-2014 for 02/01/14 to 01/31/16; 2016-837 for 02/01/16 to 01/31/18).
This course has been approved by:
The Maryland State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 09/10/12 to 09/10/16; 11/01/16 to 11/01/20.
The Nevada State Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 08/21/12 to 07/31/14; 08/01/14 to 07/31/16; 08/01/16 to 07/31/18.
The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association (approval no. 437-4443 for 09/01/12 to 09/01/13). According to the Rules for the Administration of the Illinois Physical Therapy Act (section 13460.61) published by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant applying for re-licensure in Illinois can earn a maximum of 50 percent of their required continuing education hours from self-study. The hours awarded of this course are designated for self-study CE credit.
Other states may accept this course for meeting their CE requirements. Check with your state association or board.

Course Originally Released on: 9/28/2012
Date of Most Recent Review: 11/28/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 11/28/2019


Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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David H - Duncanville, TX  ·  Jul 01, 2018
nice course good information
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Jannar C - Peoria, IL  ·  Jun 12, 2018
I knew nothing of WBV. Very informative
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john s - Escalon, CA  ·  May 25, 2018
good information not known.
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Toby M - Woodland Hills, CA  ·  May 21, 2018
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Mary F - Knoxville, IL  ·  Mar 09, 2018
Easy to read and informative
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Price: $19.00
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