Whole body vibration therapy is used by doctors, physical therapists and wellness centers to treat chronic disease and other medical conditions such as Parkinson's Disease. Vibration therapy supports seniors' health and wellness in improved bone density and enhanced hormone levels. It's also a great addition to your cardiovascular workout, and ideal if you're just starting to exercise.
Vibration training was developed in the 1960s for Russian cosmonauts to prevent muscle atrophy and loss of bone density due to the lack of gravity in space. This proven technology is now used by elite athletes, those rehabilitating from an injury, physicians and physical therapists treating patients with chronic disease and other medical conditions, seniors seeking enhanced wellness, and those interested in expanding their exercise regiment to take advantage of the health benefits achieved by using whole body vibration therapy.
· Improved Muscle Strength
· Improved Flexibility and Joint Range of Motion
· Improved Balance and Mobility
· Increased Bone Density
· Improved Hormone Levels
There is also research showing that vibration technology can be overused if used too frequently or for too long during each session.
How it Works:
Like many technologies created to solve problems in space, the solutions are rooted in simplicity and logic. When muscles and bones are used they get stronger. Whole body vibration is achieved by being on a platform that vibrates at a high frequency, causing your muscles to contract and stretch to maintain balance without your brain being actively involved. The rapid involuntary reflex intensifies even the simplest exercises. This fast repetition of your muscles reacting along with the controlled low impact to the bones creates the growth and strength.
The primary use of a vibration trainer requires that you simply stand on the vibration platform in proper position while the vibration plate moves. Duration and frequency are important elements to consider in using a vibration trainer. If you're physically fit, whole body vibration exercise sessions should last no more than 15 minutes. If you're just beginning an exercise program, limit your time to 10 minutes per session. Whole body vibration therapy should be used 2-3 times a week to supplement your cardiovascular workouts, with adequate time in-between sessions to recuperate.