Whole body vibration helpful in peripheral neuropathy?

Could the Powerplate be helpful for cancer survivors suffering from CIPN?

A common side effect of cancer treatment with chemotherapy is chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), with considerable negative effects on QoL in cancer survivors. There is no pharmocological treatment available, and attention has been directed towards active rehabilitation in improving daily function.

A conceptual model has been proposed in which exercise, by increasing mitochondrial energy production and blood flow to the peripheral nervous system, may result in fewer neuropathic symptoms. Vibrating platforms or WBV training could be a possible modality.

Based on the 5 articles reviewed, the results of this literature search suggest a low level of evidence for a positive effect of WBV on muscle strength and balance and for no effect of WBV on neuropathic pain. However, there is a strong conceptual framework for WBV and CIPN that needs to be explored in high-quality research.

 
 

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