Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is the use of mechanical vibrations that are transmitted to the body through a vibration plate at set frequencies or repetitions per second. This mechanical stimulus causes involuntary muscle contractions. This means that the muscles react to the vibration by contracting and relaxing automatically. Depending on the setting of the machine, the contractions can be long and pronounced, or shorter with recovery times between.
Clinical studies have shown that WBV can vastly improve muscle strength, performance and flexibility. There is also documentation that it can enhance blood and lymph circulation, which is critical to the regeneration of damaged tissues. Another use for WBV is to assist the circulatory system’s ability to deliver vital nutrients and hormones throughout the body.
Studies have compared WBV to standard resistance training that is popular in most fitness centers. Where resistance training tends to work 40% of the targeted muscles, WBV encompasses all of the muscles. Used as a stand-alone exercise, or to complement your existing regimen, WBV can increase your training results in a fraction of the time. WBV does not put the body through the physical stress of traditional exercise, so patients with debilitating conditions can use this method to improve their overall fitness and potentially increase their quality of life like never before.
Basically, the patient just stands on the machine doing nothing but listening to their favorite music or watching television. Regardless of age, sex, physical or neurological condition, this treatment is easily accessible. This is an opportunity for certain patients that would otherwise, not have the ability to rehabilitate or exercise.
The Soviet Union first developed Whole Body Vibration Therapy to condition their cosmonauts to get used to the feeling of weightlessness in outer space. Scientific studies over several decades confirm the remarkable restorative powers and safety of WBV. The difference is shown when you compare Soviet cosmonauts that have lived in space for more than a year (420 days) without suffering the serious health effects of weightlessness. Their American rivals, who did not use WBV conditioning were able to live in space for only 120 days due to muscle weakness and lowered bone density.
Clinical Applications of Whole Body Vibration Therapy
WBV is now being used in the medical field for the prevention and treatment of many injuries, illnesses and adverse health conditions.
Lower Back Pain:
WBV strengthens the weakened lower back muscles that cause back pain. If you have an acute back herniation, you should consult with a physician before using WBV Therapy.
In times of stress, the body releases stress hormones such as cortisol and epinephrine. This can throw the immune system out of balance and destroy brain cells. WBV increases serotonin (the “healthy, stress-free hormone”) secretion, lowers cortisol and epinephrine secretion by 31%, and enhances circulation. This all counteracts the effects of stress on the body and spirit.
Due to this condition, patients generally can not do any kind of strenuous exercise because of the constant shortness of breath. WBV enables patients to exercise in ways they’ve never been able to before. This will help them achieve the type of results that cardio-fitness training such as walking or even running does.
Arthritis and Rheumatism:
WBV increases blood circulation in the joints and improves the flexibility and range of motion as well as reduce pain.
Multiple Sclerosis/Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis:
Normally, messages are sent through our Central Nervous System to our muscles as we exercise. Patients of MS/ALS have lost the ability to control their muscles. WBV activates the muscles directly without relying on the nervous system. This helps patients feel better, have more energy and experience less pain.
A disease that affects mostly women, hormonal imbalances cause bones to become fragile from decalcification. WBV can increase bone density, which will reverse the effects of osteoporosis.
WBV can also be used to help with cellulite and weight loss. The results are documented and amazing. When combined with traditional chiropractic techniques, the opportunity for many patients to have a lifestyle they never thought would be possible again, is right at their finger tips.
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