African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines
African Ethnomedicines Network
Vol. 14, No. 4S, 2017, pp. 41-51
Bioline Code: tc17147
Full paper language: English
Document type: Review Article
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African Journal of Traditional, Complementary and Alternative Medicines, Vol. 14, No. 4S, 2017, pp. 41-51
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POTENTIAL EFFECTS OF WHOLE-BODY VIBRATION EXERCISES ON BLOOD FLOW KINETICS OF DIFFERENT POPULATIONS: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW WITH A SUITABLE APPROACH|
Sá-Caputo, Danúbia; Paineiras-Domingos, Laisa; Carvalho-Lima, Rafaelle; Dias-Costa, Glenda; Paiva, Patrícia de Castro de; Azeredo, Claudia Figueiredo de; Carmo, Roberto Carlos Resende; Dionello, Carla F.; Moreira-Marconi, Eloá; Frederico, Éric Heleno F.F.; Sousa-Gonçalves, Cintia Renata; Morel, Danielle S.; Paiva, Dulciane N.; Avelar, Núbia C.P.; Lacerda, Ana C.; Magalhães, Carlos E.V.; Castro, Leonardo S.; Presta, Giuseppe A.; Paoli, Severo de; Sañudo, Borja & Bernardo-Filho, Mario
Background: The ability to control skin blood flow decreases with advancing age and some clinical disorders, as in
diabetes and in rheumatologic diseases. Feasible clinical strategies such as whole-body vibration exercise (WBVE) are
being used without a clear understanding of its effects. The aim of the present study is to review the effects of the
WBVE on blood flow kinetics and its feasibility in different populations.
Material and Methods: The level of evidence (LE) of selected papers in PubMed and/or PEDRo databases was
determined. We selected randomized, controlled trials in English to be evaluated.
Results: Six studies had LE II, one had LE III-2 and one III-3 according to the NHMRC. A great variability among the
protocols was observed but also in the assessment devices; therefore, more research about this topic is warranted.
Conclusion: Despite the limitations, it is can be concluded that the use of WBVE has proven to be a safe and useful
strategy to improve blood flow. However, more studies with greater methodological quality are needed to clearly define
the more suitable protocols.
blood flow; whole body vibration exercise; PubMed database; PEDRo database.
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