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 / 513 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


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
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is an approved sponsor by the New York State Education Department of CE for physical therapists and physical therapist assistants from 6/11/2019 to 6/10/2022.
This activity is provided by the TX Board of PT Examiners Accredited Provider 2202008TX for 02/01/2019 to 02/28/2022 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 for 4/5/10 to 12/31/18. Relias LLC is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approved reviewer and provider of continuing competency courses for the state of California as of 1/1/2019.
Relias LLC (formerly OnCourse Learning) is a licensed physical therapy continuing education sponsor (#216.000290) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation from October 2018 through September 30, 2020.
This course has been approved as meeting the continuing education requirements for PTs and PTAs by:
The OH PT Association (approval no. 18S8338 for 10/7/2018 to 10/7/2019)
The FL PT Association (approval no. CE19-539552 for 01/01/19 to 12/31/19); Approval of this course does not necessarily imply the FL PT Association supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors.
The New Jersey Board of Physical Therapy Examiners (approval no. 1801-312 for 02/01/18 to 1/31/2020).
This course has been approved by:
The MD State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 CEU for 11/01/16 to 11/01/20.
This course has been approved by the NV State Board of PT Examiners for 0.1 units of continuing education for 08/01/18 to 07/31/20.
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. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Katharine G - Austin, TX  ·  May 23, 2019
I would only recommend for an outpatient clinician
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Lindsay G - Aurora, CO  ·  May 22, 2019
WBV are very rarely available, I have only been in 1 OPPT clinic that had it. There seems to be limited research to support much use. The course was informative, but it does not make me want to propose use of the machine.
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Jami B - Batavia, NY  ·  May 15, 2019
THis was interesting as I haven't heard a lot about it before.
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John M - Fort Worth, TX  ·  May 08, 2019
That was a great unit.
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Darren W - Melville, NY  ·  Feb 15, 2019
informative article.
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Price: $19.00
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