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Heath Benefits of Vibration Therapy

Millions of vibration therapy users and practitioners have recognized the health benefits and the unique effectiveness of this alternative medicine.

Numerous clinical studies have been conducted on vibration treatment modalities, including hundreds of clinical trials registered with ClinicalTrail.gov. Scientists have observed, documented and approved many positive results on vibration therapy in treating a wide variety of medical conditions.

However, current scientific knowledge and understanding about vibration therapy are still not sufficient to provide meaningful guidelines for practical applications. No treatment modality is concluded, in terms of procedure, dosage and efficacy.

Nevertheless, vibration therapy's health benefit evidences are compelling, especially for treating many hard-to-diagnosis and hard-to-treat disorders.

Vibration therapy is easy and safe to try. It is non-drug, non-invasive and risk-controllable.

Vibration Therapy Overview

Unique Effectiveness

Vibration therapy has a broad range of medical and fitness applications. Most effective medical applications are for the treatment of circulatory, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, particularly effective in treating blood circulation issues, lymphatic drainage, soft tissue injuries, bone loss, nerve pain, and balance and motor skill disorders.

In treating some age-related tissue degeneration issue and chronic injuries, vibration therapy may have advantage over mainstream medicines. Vibration therapy's applications seem to be unlimited. Scientific studies on cellular processes and molecular mechanism are showing even more promising future applications.

Vibration therapy is suitable for people of different ages and conditions. Children with spastic cerebral palsy use vibration to improve balance and motor skills; Senior people use it to fight muscle atrophy and bone loss; Athletes use it for muscle building and injury recovery.

Major Healthcare Applications

Vibration therapy's widely recognized healthcare applications can be put into the following categories.

☐ Peripheral Circulatory Disorder

☑ Blood circulation

☑ Blood pressure

☑ Lymphatic drainage

☑ Fibromyalgia

☐ Musculoskeletal Disorders

☑ Muscle, tendon and ligament injury

☑ Muscle atrophy

☑ Bone loss

☑ Knee joint disorder

☐ Neuromuscular Disorders

☑ Nerve pain

☑ Motor skills, balance and gait

☑ Cerebral palsy

☑ Parkinson's disease

☐ Other Disorders

☑ Obesity

☑ Metabolism

☑ Restless leg syndrome

☑ Aging related health issues

Vibration Exercise Postures

You can perform almost any kind of gym exercises on a vibration plate.

The key is let vibration to intensify your muscle contraction to achieve the needed stimulation. When skeletal muscle's axis is aligned with the vibration movement direction, muscle's stretch reflex response is maximized.

Strength Exercise

Among strength exercises, free weight exercises fit vertical movement vibration machines the best. In free weight exercise, muscle's contraction force is maximized in order to overcome the vibration acceleration and gravity of the weight.

    Effective free weight exercises on a vibration plate:
  • Squat
  • Calf raise
  • Deadlift

You can performance these exercises with or without holding a weight. However, holding a weight, even a small pair of dumbbells can help you keep the posture correct and maximize the vertical resistance on muscles. You can also use a kettlebell and a barbell for free weight exercises.

Resistance exercises using elastic bands do not utilize vibration force, because vibration is absorbed by the elastic bands, unless the elastic bands are heavy duty.

Stretch Exercise

Most stretching exercise including yoga can be duplicated on a vibration plate.

You can creatively design your stretch postures to introduce vibration to target tissue. Keeping the muscle stretch direction vertical on a vertical movement vibration plate can maximize the vibration stimulation.

With vibration assisting your stretch exercise, you can achieve better flexibility quickly, making your connecting tissues more adaptable.

Balance Exercise

Balance exercising on a vibration plate maximize the training effects on your neuromuscular tissues.

    Effective balance exercise on a vibration plate:
  • One foot standing
  • Tip-toe

You can add motion in your balance exercise on a vibration plate.

The still or slow-motion nature of above exercises are changed by adding vibration. The fast movement can cause impact on your knee joint. You should always keep your knee bent to adjust or avoid the impact on your bones and cartilage discs.

Some vibration plates are designed to have horizontal side to side movement. We consider this type of movement detrimental to collateral ligaments and patella femoral groove.

Risks, Warning & Limitation
Risks & Warning

In a controlled manner, vibration therapy is considered as a safe and non-invasive treatment. However, its treatment modalities and dosage have not been well studied and documented. Unsuitable frequency, amplitude, session time and posture may not lead to positive results, or even worsen the condition.

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Please discuss vibration therapy with you physician to decide if vibration therapy is a good fit for your situation. It is generally advised that, for people with serious health problem, the use of vibration therapy should be closely directed by medical professionals or totally avoided.

You should not use vibration therapy under the following situations.

  • Undergoing soft tissue external or internal bleeding, like after injury or surgery.
  • Pregnant.
  • Implant.
  • Serious motion sickness.
  • Vulnerable to retinal detachment

Standing on a vibration plate can cause impact on knee joints, much like walking or running. For people that have a damaged knee bone or cartilage disks, impact on these tissues should be avoided. Doing half squat posture can help reduce the impact on these hard tissues. Half squat posture help enhance muscles, bones and connecting tissues, which can ease the knee problem and improve the joint functionality.

Dizziness and nausea are the mostly reported negative experience from users of linear vibration plate. High frequency vibration transmitted to stomach and head can cause upset. By keeping your knee bent you can control the amount of vibration transmitted to upper body. For most people dizziness and nausea may be eased when you gradually adapt to vibration.

Limitations of Vibration Therapy

Vibration Therapy is not to replace regular exercise. People should not solely rely on vibration therapy for circulation improvement and tissue activation. We strongly suggest using a combination of regular exercise, diet, with vibration therapy for optimized health and fitness results. Adding vibration in the regular physical exercise can achieve optimized results.

Profound understanding of the mechanisms of whole body vibration therapy requires cross discipline knowledge. Our discussions focus on the effects of vibration and the logical reasoning and connection of their influences on human body.

Frequency Response

Human body responds differently to different vibration frequency. The frequency represents the level of energy stored in the vibration. The higher the frequency, the higher the energy stored.

In vibration exercise, vibration energy is transferred from the vibration machine to the human body. It is important to be aware that the energy received by the human body not only related to the level of energy stored within the vibration machine, but also related to how much energy is actually transferred from the vibration machine to our body.

When the vibration machine's frequency equals the natural frequency of a body tissue, the body tissue responds with the highest vibration amplitude. This phenomenon is called resonance. The frequency at resonance is called resonance frequency. At resonance frequency, the energy transfer from the vibration machine to the human body is most efficient.

The natural frequencies of human organs and tissues are mostly ranged from 10Hz to 50Hz. In vibration exercise, tissue activation intensifies at resonance frequency. That is when the vibration machine's frequency is at the same level of the organ's natural frequency.

Most vibration machines on the market are designed to work at the frequency range from 5Hz to 50Hz, variable or fixed. Vibration frequency 50Hz and below is generally considered safe for human exposure.

Intensive stimulation on certain organs may cause discomfort for some people, more often when the vibration frequency is above 30Hz. The sweet spot for one person may be a discomfort zone for another. Therefore, identifying the needs and finding the right vibration frequency is essential for anyone to make the best use of a whole body vibration machine.

There are two major types of vibration machines on the market, pivotal oscillation type and linear vibration type. Because of its designed structure, the maximum vibration frequency a pivotal oscillation machine can achieve is usually below 15Hz, while a linear vibration machine can generate much higher frequency, ranged from 15Hz to 50Hz.

Disclaimer

As a manufacturer of vibration machine, our expertise is in engineering and manufacturing. We are not medical professionals. We do not provide medical advice for any specific person on specific medical condition. Our statements, hypothesis, analysis and conclusions have not been evaluated by any regulatory authority or medical institute. Reader's discretion is advised.

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