Traditional Chinese Medicine Vibration Therapy May Reduce Muscle Fatigue

Recent widespread use of vibration therapy in treating sport-induced muscle fatigue spurred researchers to study the effects of the holistic local vibration therapy used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM).

Using data from a previously approved and completed clinical trial, the study examined the results of a seven-week vibration-based TCM holistic theory combined with conventional therapy, such as stretching, massage, and flapping, on local Greco-Roman wrestling and Judo athletes in south China. A control group received only the conventional therapy.

Significant positive effects on exercise-induced muscle fatigue were shown in the TCM intervention group. A pre- and postintervention two-point discrimination test also showed a significant difference for the intervention group.

The study concludes that “application of vibration therapy based on TCM holistic theory may have an immediate effect in reducing sport-induced muscle fatigue from intensive training.” The authors recommend future robustly designed clinical trials with larger sample sizes to evaluate the long-term effect of the intervention.

The abstract is available to view online at PubMed.gov.

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