Research Review: The Influence of Local Muscle Vibration During Foam Rolling on Range of Motion and Pain

By Arran McManus MSc, BSc (Hons), ASCC, PGCAP & FHEA

Edited by Brent Brookbush DPT, PT, COMT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS


Announcement and Review of Findings Prior to Journal Publication - Enrique, D; Mauntel, T; Pietrosimone, B; Clark, M; Padua, D. 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 - Link to Manuscript

Why the Study is Relevant: A reduction in 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 result in an increase in dorsiflexion without a decrease in force production, when combined with stretching will increase ROM more than either release or stretching alone, may decrease post onset muscle soreness and recovery time, and may enhance rehabilitation from plantar heel pain (13 - 18). Research has also demonstrated that vibration training may increase flexibility and performance (19-21). To our knowledge, this soon to be published 2017 study is the first to investigate the effect of foam rolling with 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 reduction in pain pressure threshhold.  The technology used in the study was the VYPER™ by Hyperice.


Photograph of an athlete using the viper foam roll on calf Viper Vibrating Foam Roll


Study Summary

DesignCross-over study
Level of EvidenceIB evidence from