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Manual of Vibration Exercise and Vibration Therapy

  • Jörn Rittweger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. The Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Jörn Rittweger, Redha Taiar
      Pages 3-21
    3. Eddy A. van der Zee
      Pages 23-38
    4. Rainer Rawer
      Pages 39-54
    5. Danny A. Riley, Jörn Rittweger
      Pages 55-65
  3. Physiological Responses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 67-67
    2. Darryl Cochrane, Jörn Rittweger
      Pages 69-85
    3. Ramona Ritzmann, Ilhan Karacan, Kemal S. Türker
      Pages 109-120
    4. Ramona Ritzmann, Katya Mileva
      Pages 121-133
    5. Darryl Cochrane, Jörn Rittweger
      Pages 155-167
    6. Eloá Moreira-Marconi, Danubia da Cunha de Sá-Caputo, Alessandro Sartorio, Mario Bernardo-Filho
      Pages 169-184
  4. Use of Vibration for Training

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Darryl Cochrane
      Pages 187-202
    3. Pedro J. Marín
      Pages 203-211
    4. Darryl Cochrane
      Pages 213-228
    5. Patrick J. Owen, Daniel L. Belavy, Jörn Rittweger
      Pages 229-244

About this book


This book addresses various practical aspects of vibration exercise and vibration therapy. In addition, it describes the technical and physiological background, providing applied scientists and doctors with a deeper understanding of the therapeutic potential that vibration exercise holds. Having first emerged two decades ago, vibration exercise has since established itself as a widespread form of physical exercise, used in all rehabilitation areas.  The goal of this book is to close the gap between scientific knowledge and practice.

Given that occupational exposure to vibration leads to well-known unfavorable effects, a substantial section of the book is dedicated to potential risks, hazards and contra-indications. Moreover, the application of vibration therapy in a number of specific conditions is presented in a clinically usable fashion. Lastly, the use of vibration as a diagnostic tool will also be discussed.

Given its breadth of coverage, this book will be of interest to physiotherapists and exercise scientists, but also to a wider range of physicians working in the field of rehabilitation.


Rehabilitation Preventive Medicine Exercise Therapy Physiology Countermeasure Exercise Frailty

Editors and affiliations

  • Jörn Rittweger
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Aerospace MedicineDepartment of Muscle and Bone Metabolism, German Aerospace Center (DLR)CologneGermany

About the editors

Jörn Rittweger has been a pioneer in the study of vibration as an exercise modality. For the past 20 years, he has been studying the mechanical and physiological effects of vibration, as well as its suitability in preventive and rehabilitative medicine and athletics. As an MD with specialization in physiology, he bridges the gap between fundamental research and clinical application. His primary affiliation is with the German Aerospace Center (DLR), where he heads the ‘Muscle and Bone Metabolism’ department of the DLR’s Institute of Aerospace Medicine. His secondary affiliation is with the University of Cologne, where he is a full professor at the Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Rittweger has published more than 200 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, currently holds one patent, and regularly offers training for young scientists and doctors in human physiology.

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