A recent study comparing the Hyperice VYPER to a traditional foam roller suggests a 40% increase in range of motion was achieved when applying vibration technology during a foam rolling session.
Conducted by Hyperice Scientific Advisory Board Chairman Dr Michael Clark, together with researchers from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, including Dr Darin Padua, the study aimed to identify the combined effects of foam rolling and vibration on dorsiflexion range of motion and pain.
Using 20 physically active adults, the researchers evaluated the difference between using the Hyperice VYPER—which features an embedded vibrating motor, which facilitates local muscle vibration—versus a standard foam roller without vibration, according to a media release from Hyperice.
The results indicate 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, the release explains.
“This study not only shows the multiple benefits VYPER has for athletes and fitness enthusiasts, it confirms the powerful impact vibration of this amplitude can have on the body,” says Anthony Katz, founder of Hyperice, in the release.
“These findings demonstrate that we can significantly improve range of motion by improving the condition of the body’s soft tissue through the combination of pressure and vibration. This is key for athletes looking to improve performance and speed up recovery time, and for everyday people looking to improve their overall health,” he adds.