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Vibration and the sensory system.
Biomedical applications of vibration and acoustics in therapy, bioeffects and modeling. Al-Jumaily A, Alizad A, eds. New York: ASME Press, 2008 Jan; :153-163
Whether one is trying to hold a can of soda or hit a ball with a bat, the ability to sense joint posture and movement and to dynamically control that movement is important to almost all human activities. Mechanical vibration has a number of unique effects on this ability to sense and control that can be both detrimental and beneficial. Vibration exposure in the workplace is known to increase musculoskeletal injury risk. Vibration has also been proposed for therapeutic applications such as vibrating insoles for the elderly and vibrating platforms in the gym. Understanding the underlying effects of vibration on the sensorimotor system is important for examining the potential for vibration-induced injury as well as the potential for therapeutic uses of vibration. This chapter will examine the existing research on vibration and the sensorimotor system, the potential for vibration-induced injury, and the use of vibration for therapeutic purposes.
Neuromotor-function; Neuromuscular-system; Biomechanics; Biokinetics; Muscle-function; Sensory-motor-system; Vibration-effects; Exposure-assessment
Biomedical applications of vibration and acoustics in therapy, bioeffects and modeling
University of Kansas Lawrence
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