How It Works
The use of vibration is quickly increasing. It is widely used in physical therapy, rehabilitation and professional & amateur sports as well as for beauty and health.
WBV vibrates the entire body. The vibrations generated by the motor underneath the platform vibrate the person standing on the platform. These vibrations cause the muscles to lengthen and contract.
An immediate effect of WBV is improvement in circulation. The rapid contraction and relaxation of the muscles basically works as a pump on the blood vessels increasing blood flow.
WBV is highly suited to people who have difficulty training because of old age, illness, disorders, weight or injury. It is also highly suitable for athletes who want to stimulate and strengthen their muscles without stress on joints.
WBV effects described in studies include: muscle strength, improved bone density, improved blood circulation, toning, cellulite reduction, heightened secretion of hormones associated with exercise and depressed response of hormones associated with stress.
Vibrations cause compression of the bone tissue, activating the bone building cells (osteoblasts), while reducing activity of the cells that break bone down (osteoclasts). In preventing falls and the bone fractures that often result, increasing bone density in not the only important issue. Increased muscle power, posture and balance are factors to consider. Studies involving elderly subjects have shown that all these issues can be improved using Whole Body Vibration.
Studies comparing WBV training to traditional strength training have found similar gains in strength. Adding WBV to strength training increases the positive effects of strength training.
Research has shown positive effects in pain management and the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis and other ailments. Vibration is a far better alternative than dangerous osteoporosis drugs.
WBV has been demonstrated to significantly increase muscle performance in sedentary and elderly people. You entire body musculature, as well as your internal organs and glands are positively affected by WBV stimulation. Even the brain experiences physiological changes. Studies have shown better rehabilitation of injuries or surgery than traditional methods of therapy. It is very good therapy if you have conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis.
Vibrating exercise platforms may help people lose the particularly harmful deep "hidden" fat that surrounds the abdominal organs and is linked to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
All relevant studies are listed here.