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World J Orthop. 2011 Dec 18;2(12):116-20. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v2.i12.116.

Stochastic resonance whole body vibration reduces musculoskeletal pain: A randomized controlled trial.

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Achim Elfering, Jan Thomann, Department of Psychology, University of Bern, 3000 Bern, Switzerland.



To examined the effects of stochastic resonance whole-body vibration training on musculoskeletal pain in young healthy individuals.


Participants were 43 undergraduate students of a Swiss University. The study was designed as a randomized controlled trial (RCT) with randomized group allocation. The RCT consisted of two groups each given 12 training sessions during four weeks with either 5 Hz- Training frequency (training condition) or 1.5 Hz Training frequency (control condition). Outcome was current musculoskeletal pain assessed in the evening on each day during the four week training period.


Multilevel regression analysis showed musculoskeletal pain was significantly decreased in the training condition whereas there was no change in the control condition (B = -0.023, SE = 0.010, P = 0.021). Decrease in current musculoskeletal pain over four weeks was linear.


Stochastic resonance whole-body vibration reduced musculoskeletal pain in young healthy individuals. Stochastic resonance vibration and not any other exercise component within training caused pain reduction.


Musculoskeletal pain; Randomized controlled trial; Stochastic vibration; Training study

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