Skip the Vibration Therapy for Now
Whole-body vibration therapy in which a machine rapidly vibrates the body to induce bone stress gained a lot of attention as a possible method to improve bone health. Though the therapy makes sense in theory, “there still isn’t sufficient evidence to recommend it,” says Lewiecki.
For instance, a year-long study found whole-body vibration therapy didn’t improve the bone density and structure of postmenopausal women. A three-year-long study led by Harvard University researchers also found no benefit to the therapy. Interestingly, additional research showed the therapy significantly improved the bone strength of adolescents with cerebral palsy. “Still, your best bet is to get regular physical exercise,” says Rizzoli.
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