Conducted by experts from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including renowned researcher Dr. Darin Padua, and movement expert Dr. Michael Clark, the findings demonstrate up to a 40% increase in range of motion when applying vibration during foam rolling using HYPERICE’s high-intensity vibrating roller, the VYPER.
The study tested 20 physically active adults to evaluate the difference between VYPER versus a standard foam roller without vibration. Myofascial trigger point (MTrP) can cause a restriction in range in motion or pain in the fascia, also known as fibrous tissue enclosing the skeletal muscles. Foam rolling and vibration therapies effectively improve range of motion restrictions and reduce pain associated with MTrPs.
The VYPER works through an embedded vibrating motor which facilitates local muscle vibration. The vibration feature was turned onto VYPER setting 2 (32 HZ) selected for its tolerability, intensity, force and amplitude. To achieve amplitude, the VYPER uses a heavy weight that is driven by a patent pending transmission, which amplifies the vibration.
The results indicated that through implementation of the VYPER protocol, which combines myofascial release and vibration therapy, the participants who used VYPER experienced a significantly greater increase in range in motion than participants who used non-vibration. Additionally, the participants who used VYPER reported a significant decrease in pain associated with myofascial release on the trigger points, leading to greater range in motion and a more positive rolling experience overall.