Whole Body Vibration (WBV) for Bone Health:
WBV is a training method employing varying amplitudes and frequencies that produce mechanical stimulation to musculoskeletal structures for the improvement of muscle strength, power, flexibility and bone health. Additionally, there are many health benefits for your hormonal, cardiovascular, lymphatic and nervous systems simultaneously.
WBV can help reverse the effects of osteoporosis by increasing mechanical stress on bones via involuntary muscle contractions and improved muscular strength.
Additionally, WBV has been shown to increase the release of human growth hormone, serotonin, neurotrophin, testosterone and IGF-1, which factor into regeneration and repair of tissues. This can be helpful during significant life transitions such as menopause.
WBV can also help with:
Balance and Coordination: During WBV, the moving plate excites stretch receptors and tendon reflexes in joints, promoting increased receptor activity and challenging balance and coordination in a safe environment. Single-leg activities during WBV promote improved static and dynamic balance through that lower extremity.
Joint Pain: The vertical movement stretches joints, thereby increasing space and replacing fluid between the bones, while raising critical blood flow to an area. Intermittent pressure stimulates optimal cartilage function. Like a sponge repeatedly squeezed underwater, synovial fluid is repeatedly pumped through cartilage. This improves joint mobility, eases joint stress and relieves tension.
- Pelvic Floor Instability: Pregnancy and aging can soften connective tissue and pelvic floor musculature. Vibration therapy quickly returns the hormonal system to balance while firming connective and muscle tissue.
Postoperative Recovery: Improved blood and lymph circulation via WBV speeds healing after surgery or trauma. Serotonin release calms a patient, while HGH release speeds recovery. WBV also inhibits the loss of muscular strength during the postop period.
Cardiovascular System: By stimulating muscle contractions, WBV promotes blood flow to increase cardiac output and overall circulation. Current research continues to demonstrate that blood cells individualize and resist clumping as a result of WBV.
Nervous System: WBV stimulates proprioceptors to trigger muscle and joint contractions.
Lymph Drainage and Detoxification: The lymphatic system connects every organ to purify the body and strengthen immunity. The system works via the pumping action of movement and exercise, which is often limited by a sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition. Vibration therapy stimulates lymph drainage to promote detoxification and strengthen the immune system. Some new WBV models are shaped like beds and chairs to promote healing in bedridden or nonweight-bearing patients.
All this leads to WBV vibration exercise being a safe and fast way to exercise effectively. Like aerobic and anaerobic exercise, whole-body vibration increases physical strength, dexterity and endurance. Heightened circulation increases oxygen uptake, while mechanical oscillations cause tendon stretch reflexes to stimulate involuntary muscle contractions throughout the body.