Tilting Whole Body Vibration improves quality of life in women with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial

J Altern Complement Med. 2011 Aug;17(8):723-8. doi: 10.1089/acm.2010.0296. Epub 2011 Jul 12.


Objectives: The aim of this study was to analyze the effect of 12-week tilting Whole Body Vibration therapy (WBV) on Health Related Quality of Life (HRQoL) in fibromylagia (FM) within the context of a randomized control trial (ISRCTN16950947).

Subjects and methods: Thirty-six (36) women with FM were randomly allocated to either an exercise or a control group. The women in the exercise group were assigned to a 12-week course of tilting WBV (12.5-Hz frequency; 3-mm amplitude). HRQoL was assessed using the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire (FIQ) and a 15D questionnaire.

Results: A 12-week course of tilting WBV therapy was associated with improvements in FIQ scores (12%) but not in the 15D questionnaire.

Conclusions: Tilting WBV was a feasible intervention that prevented the loss of HRQoL in previously physically untrained women with FM.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Complementary Therapies*
  • Female
  • Fibromyalgia / therapy*
  • Health
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vibration*

Associated data

  • ISRCTN/ISRCTN16950947