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Whole Body Vibration

Whole body vibration (WBV) is a term used where vibration is transferred to your body in an uncontrolled manner usually when sitting or standing.

Common Signs & Symptoms

  • Severe low back pain (lumbar spine)
  • Slow onset of degeneration, moisture loss, bucking, and slipping of the lumbar discs
  • WBV is made worse by poor vehicle seating, awkward postures and manual handling
  • For women may suffer miscarriages and other gynecological disorders
  • Common in occupations such as - heavy equipment construction crews; truck or bus drivers, rig workers, heavy equipment, farm vehicle, fork-lift, railroad, and overhead crane operators; power hand-tool workers are exposed to head-to-toe vibration, heavy equipment, farm vehicle, fork-lift, railroad, and overhead crane operators

Description

Whole body vibration (WBV) is a term used where vibration is transferred to your body in an uncontrolled manner usually when sitting or standing. It is different to training using vibration exercise plates where vibration is applied in short doses to engage and build muscle. WBV is found in occupational settings such as truck driving or when operting hand tools.

Advice & Treatment

Control of vibration is reaquired to address WBV. Vibration control methods include the use of "air-ride seats", designed to maximising up-down vertical vibration control. Some seats offer both vertical vibration control, front-to-back and side-to-side control too. Seats may be suspended in cabs and it is important that tires are properly inflated and the vehicle has, goodfunctioning shock absorbers. In plants where vibrating machinery is used, air-ride seats and mechanically isolating the vibrating equipment from the floor, as well as remote operation should be considered.

Problems such as poor posture, Poor Ergonomics or Muscle Imbalances with a weak core can make the effects of vibration far stronger so it's important to maintain a good posture, check that you are ergonomically sounds and keep your body fit.

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