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Evaluating the Efficacy of Vertical Vibration Stimulation on Muscle Soreness


Clinical trial finds that vertical vibration stimulation is effective on delayed onset muscle soreness

If you are an athlete engaged in strenuous exercise, you probably would have experienced delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). This can be a frustrating experience, one that limits the efficiency of an athlete.

Muscle soreness is a common issue faced by athletes and fitness enthusiasts, and it can be a significant hurdle in achieving their fitness goals. Delayed onset muscle soreness easily occurs after the performance of unaccustomed sports or unaccustomed movements. It occurs within 8–24 h after strenuous activity and peaks at 72 h. It then gradually eases and recovers within approximately 1 week.

Several hypotheses for the mechanisms of DOMS development exist and are based on lactic acid accumulation, muscle spasms, connective tissue and muscle injuries, and inflammation and enzyme loss.

Although several options are available for the management of DOMS, a highly effective method for relief has not been found. To address this issue, researchers have proposed the use of vertical vibration stimulation which involves a machine that produces vertical vibrations causing the muscles to contract and relax causing an increase in blood circulation and resulting in the improvement of muscle soreness.

Clinical Trial

A group of researchers has conducted a clinical trial to investigate the effects of vertical vibration stimulation on muscle soreness in athletes.

The trial involved 38 elite men's track and field athletes. The participants were randomly divided into three groups: a control group, a medium-frequency group that received vertical vibration stimulation at 25Hz, and a high-frequency group (HFG) that received vertical vibration stimulation at 50Hz. The participants in the two vibration groups received the stimulation for 10 minutes immediately after the exercise.

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The researchers found that the group that received vertical vibration stimulation at 50Hz had significantly less muscle soreness than the other two groups. In contrast, the control group and the group that received vertical vibration stimulation at 25Hz did not experience a significant reduction in muscle soreness.

Additionally, biomarkers such as interleukin-6 and creatine kinase (CK) concentrations were decreased in HFG as was the knee extension loss caused by DOMS.

These findings suggest that vertical vibration stimulation at 50Hz may effectively reduce muscle soreness in athletes. The results have significant implications for athletes and fitness enthusiasts who want to reduce muscle soreness after exercise. By incorporating vertical vibration stimulation at 50Hz into their post-workout routine, athletes may be able to recover more quickly and perform better in their next workout.


This clinical trial provides evidence that vertical vibration stimulation at 50Hz can effectively reduce delayed-onset muscle pain in athletes. The study's findings may have significant implications for athletes and fitness enthusiasts who want to improve their post-workout recovery.

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