Combining vibration with self myofascial release has been shown in a recent study to increase flexibility and improve mobility and functional movement. Read below:
Foam rolling interventions
The VYPER™ (Hyperice, Irvine, CA) foam roller was used for all interventions. The VYPER™ is a cylinder of high-density foam, measuring 30 cm long and 15 cm in diameter. An embedded vibrating motor facilitates local muscle vibration. The vibration feature was turned onto VYPER setting 2 (32 HZ) selected for its tolerability, intensity, force and amplitude. (NOTE: To achieve amplitude the VYPER uses a heavy weight that is driven by a patent pending transmission, which amplifies the vibration). During the foam rolling without vibration, the vibration feature was turned off.
For both treatments, participants placed the foam roller under the calf of their dominant leg, applied pressure with their body weight by placing the non-dominant leg on top of the dominant leg and lifting the hips off of the ground. If this position was too painful to maintain, participants were instructed to place the foot of the non-dominant leg on the ground. Participants slowly rolled from the ankle to the knee for 5 seconds, and then quickly returned the foam roller to the ankle. This was repeated as many times as possible for 30 seconds. After 30 seconds, participants focused on the pre-identified trigger points. Pressure was maintained over the 3 trigger points that the participant perceived as being the most painful for 45 seconds each. If less than 3 trigger points were identified, participants placed pressure on any other hypersensitive areas in the muscle. The same foam rolling position and procedures were used for both data collection sessions.
There was a significant main effect for intervention, for the weight-bearing lunge (F1,18 = 5.75, p = 0.028), ankle dorsiflexion knee straight (F1,18 = 6.54, p = 0.020) and ankle dorsiflexion knee bent (F1,18 = 12.29, p = 0.003) measures. The change in ankle dorsiflexion range of motion was greater for all measures following foam rolling with vibration compared to foam rolling without vibration. The 95% confidence intervals for change scores of all ankle dorsiflexion range of motion measures did not contain zero, indicating that both foam rolling with and without vibration significantly increase ankle dorsiflexion range of motion measures, but the change is greater following foam rolling with vibration.
Use the handout below to help educate your patients on all the protocols they can perform using the Vyper to help them expedite the process of reaching their rehab and fitness goals.Vyper-Meyer-updated