How It Works
Scientists believe that increased muscle activation during whole-body vibration (WBV) is mainly ascribed to a complex mechanism termed the tonic vibration reflex (TVR). This reflex creates a muscle contraction 28 to 60 times per second (depending on the machine setting). The research has shown these contractions create a safe stress level similar in some ways to physical exercise, essential for strong healthy muscle and bone.
There are other effects as well. WBV has been found to be effective at increasing mean blood flow velocity and reducing the resistive index in lower extremity blood vessels (heart health and diabetes). WBV also helps to vibrate acids out of muscle tissue relieving pain and inflammation (plantar fasciitis and diabetes). Flexibility is greatly improved and WBV works to alleviate general stiffness and cramping. WBV also has an analgesic effect on pain, providing relieve to sufferers of some chronic and acute conditions.
Over 1,500 clinical studies have been conducted on the therapeutic and fitness effects provided by whole body vibration. Studies have been done using a wide variety of vibration levels. For obvious safety reasons we chose an amplitude and frequency range that have proven effective and are based on the acceptable international levels of vibration exposure in the workplace, the only scientifically approved safety standards.
The positive effects of WBV treatment are summarized under the headings of Athlete, Active, Aging and Ailing. Each study title is also a link to the full report. You can also see Who is Using WBV?