Brent Brookbush Reviews ‘The Influence Of Local Muscle Vibration During Foam Rolling On Range Of Motion And Pain’ Submitted For Publication To The Journal Strength And Conditioning Research In 2017
This article was written by Dr. Brent Brookbush, CEO and Founder of the Brookbush Institute of Human Movement Science, along with Brookbush Institute author and PhD candidate Arran McManus. For more on the authors and the Brookbush Institute click here
A reduction in ankle dorsiflexion range of motion (ROM) has been correlated with several lower extremity impairments (1-13). Research has demonstrated that release of the gastrocnemius/soleus with a foam roll may (13 - 18):
- Increase dorsiflexion without decreasing force production
- When combined with stretching will increase ROM more than either release or stretching alone
- Decrease post exercise muscle soreness and recovery time
- Enhance rehabilitation from plantar heel pain.
Research has also demonstrated that vibration training may increase flexibility and performance (19-21); however, these studies used whole body vibration systems. To our knowledge, this soon to be published 2017 study is the first to investigate the effect of foam rolling with local vibration on ankle dorsiflexion ROM. The findings suggest that the addition of vibration enhances the benefits of foam rolling, resulting in greater change in ROM and a reduction in myofascial trigger-point pain. The technology used in the study was the VYPER™ by Hyperice.
Why This Study is Important:
This study investigated the effectiveness of a new device designed to combine the benefits of self-myofascial release and vibration training. This study demonstrated that the addition of vibration training to self-myofascial release of the gastrocnemius/soleus resulted in a larger increase in dorsiflexion ROM than self-myofascial release using a standard foam roll. Additional research is needed to determine whether the benefits observed in this study may be realized for other muscles and joints of the body.
How does it relate to Brookbush Institute Content
The findings support the addition of a new modality/technique to the Brookbush Institute’s (BI) integrated approach to addressing movement impairment. Similar to the protocols used in this study, BI recommends addressing ankle dorsiflexion restriction with release, mobilization and lengthening techniques in individuals exhibiting signs of Lower Extremity Dysfunction (LED). Further, the BI introduced the VYPER™ and Hypersphere™ into programs when the products were introduced to the market and noted impressive results using reliable objective assessments. This study adds support in the form of 3rd party research to the impressive results already noted in practice.
To check out the full review of this study, click here – Vibration and Foam Rolling
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