Beneficial effects of whole body vibration for muscle recovery
Whole-body vibration (WBV) is an emerging strategy used by athletes and exercising individuals to potentially accelerate muscle recovery. WBV elicits involuntary muscle stretch reflex contractions leading to increased motor unit recruitment and synchronization of synergist muscles which may lead to greater training adaptations over time.
Intense exercise training, especially eccentric muscle contractions will inevitably lead to muscle damage and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) which may interfere with the maintenance of a planned training program.
WBV before and after exercise is showing promise for attenuating muscle soreness and may be considered as an adjunct to traditional therapies (i.e. massage, cryotherapy) to accelerate muscle recovery.
Source: US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health