Ghazi, M.; Rippetoe, J.; Chandrashekhar, R.; Wang, H. Focal Vibration Therapy: Vibration Parameters of Effective Wearable Devices. Appl. Sci.2021, 11, 2969.
Ghazi, M.; Rippetoe, J.; Chandrashekhar, R.; Wang, H. Focal Vibration Therapy: Vibration Parameters of Effective Wearable Devices. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 2969.
Focal vibration therapy can provide neurophysiological benefits. Unfortunately, standardized protocols are non-existent. Previous research presents a wide range of protocols with a wide range of effectiveness. This paper is part of a broader effort to identify effective, standardized protocols for focal vibration therapy. The vibration characteristics of four commercially available focal vibration devices that have been used for research and clinically were measured. An accelerometer was used for the measurements. Frequency and peak-to-peak amplitude were measured. Measurements were made when the devices were free and then again when they were strapped to the human body. Vibration frequency ranged from 120 to 225 Hz. Free vibration amplitude ranged from 2.0 to 7.9 g’s (peak-to-peak). When the devices were strapped to the body (constrained), vibration amplitude decreased by up to 65.7%. These results identify effective ranges of focal vibration frequency and amplitude. They illustrate the importance of identifying vibration environment, free or constrained, when quoting vibration characteristics. Finally, the inconsistency of multi-actuator devices is discussed. These results will guide protocol development for focal vibration and potentially better focal vibration devices.
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