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How to Select a Vibration Plate?

To select a right vibration plate, you first need to know what are the types of vibration plates to select from.

Vibration plates available in the market can all be categorized into 4 types according to their motion patterns and mechanisms.

Vibration plates in each category have common characters, functions and impacts to human body. They have shared pros and cons, can-dos and cannot-dos. Understanding these common aspects can help you make an informed decision.

Linear Vibration vs Pivotal Oscillation

Linear vibration and pivotal oscillation are the two dominant types of motion patterns of all vibration plates in the market. Each of them employs different mechanism and has different impact on human body.

To select a vibration plate, you first need to decide which one is a good fit for you, linear vibration or pivotal oscillation.

Linear vibration plates provide high frequency and low amplitude vibration.

Pivotal oscillation plates provide low frequency and high amplitude vibration.

Frequency & Amplitude

Vibration and amplitude are the two most important factors to consider for a vibration plate. These two parameters determine the vibration intensity.

Frequency
frequency

The frequency of a vibration plate is the number of up-and-down movements its exercise board makes in one second. The unit of frequency is Hz. For example, if a vibration plate runs on 30Hz, its exercise board moves up-and-down 30 times in each second.

Some people confuse the vibration frequency with the frequency of AC power, which is 60Hz in the US.

Amplitude
amplitude

The amplitude of a vibration plate is the exercise board's displacement between the lowest point and the highest point.

For pivotal oscillation, the amplitude at the center pivotal point of the exercise board is zero. The far from the center, the higher the amplitude.

Speed Level is Arbitrary

Many vibration plate models use speed level to indicate how fast the vibration runs.

speed meter

Be aware that speed level is not a standard unit. It is defined by each manufacturer arbitrarily.

Frequency in Hz is the standard unit that indicate the how fast the vibration runs. A frequency of 15Hz means the vibration plate move up-and-down 15 times a second.

For a same 15Hz max frequency vibration plate, one manufacturer may use 99 speed to indicate 15Hz, another manufacturer may use 20 speed to indicate 15Hz.

So speed level does not actually tell the speed.

It makes no sense to use 99 speed level to control a vibration plate that only runs from 5Hz to 15Hz. It should just use 10 speed level.

G-force and its Impact
What is G-force

Vibration G-force is an important parameter that indicates the intensity of vibration. G-force is not a force but an acceleration rate expressed using gravity acceleration G.

In vibration movement, G-force is not a constant value. It changes between the maximum positive value and the maximum negative value in each vibration cycle. Vibration G-force is decided by the frequency and amplitude.

G-force impact on human body

Vibration plate can put a high G-force on the user. It is like to put multiplied gravity on the user. Vibration G-force only last a tiny fraction of a second in a vibration cycle, so the impact on the user is minimal. The short pulse of the multiplied gravity force creates unique stimulation on muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones. Such stimulation is our needed treatment intervention.

How Does Vibration Therapy Work?

Vibration therapy works through inducing fast pace skeletal muscle contraction.

The muscle contraction activates and exercises the musculoskeletal and neuromuscular functionality. The activities also promote peripheral circulation.

The uniqueness of vibration therapy is its rapidly repeated pace and the short pulse of multiplied mechanical stimulation granted from the vibration acceleration (G-force).

For treating some medical conditions, vibration therapy may have advantage over mainstream medicine.

Negative Experiences

Nausea and dizziness are the mostly reported negative experience, especially for using linear vibration plate.

Most people can gradually adjust to vibration and benefit from it. Negative experience can be largely reduced by using correct exercise poses and starting with the lowest intensity.

Some people with certain medical conditions should not use vibration plate at all.

Wrong exercise poses or wrong vibration movement can also cause negative experience and even damage to your tissues.

In a vibration exercise, your muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones are impacted, like they are impacted in a regular exercise. It is just that with vibration, the rapidly repetitive impact at high G-force can amplify the positive or negative effect.

Our suggestion is not to let vibration directly act on your ligaments, cartilages, and bone. Instead, you first let the vibration to induce muscle contraction, and then let the muscle contraction force to act on the connecting tissues. This can be achieved by using the right exercise poses.

Risks and Limitations

Just like it can positively influence your body functionality, vibration can adversely impact your body if used improperly or in a wrong condition.

We would like to advise not to use a vibration plate if you have any of the following situations.


  • Pregnancy
  • Implant
  • Pacemaker
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Retinal detachment
  • Motion sickness
  • Kidney stones
  • bladder stone
  • Arrhythmia
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizures
  • Migraines
  • Recent surgery
  • Other serious medical conditions

please consult your doctor

There is not a set of regulated safety standard for vibration exposure. US Labor Department and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health published advisory information on profession related vibration exposure, which is for prolonged continuous use of vibrational equipment and machineries.

Floor Shake Issue

You need to know floor shake issue for using a vibration plate in home.

Vibration plate should be used on a solid floor, like a concrete floor or a wood floor that is tightly glued on a concrete substrate.

If using a vibration plate on a frame structure wood floor, the machine can vibrate the floor and the connecting structure. Overtime, vibration will loose the house structure.

A high frequency linear vibration plate creates more impact to the house than a low frequency pivotal oscillation plate.

Basement and garage are the best places to use a vibration plate.

If necessary, you can use a thick exercise mat beneath your vibration plate to absorb some downwards vibration.

Machine Jump or Drift Issue

Home-use vibration plates are light weight, and not attached to the floor. At certain vibration intensity, the vibration force can overcome the machine weight and cause the machine to jump or drift on the floor, if your body weight is not on the machine.

VT vibration plates come with suction cup style rubber feet which can hold onto flat floor. However sometimes the floor is not so smooth and clean and the suction feet may not function well.

It is not an issue as long as you keep your body on the machine when it is running.

It is recommended to use your vibration plate on a carpeted floor. The carpet provides some buffer and friction that can prevent the machine from jumping or drifting.

Never leave your vibration plate running unattended.

Vibration Exercise Guide

You can perform regular physical exercise on a vibration plate to achieve enhance results.

Squat, calf raise, deadlift and push-up are the most practical poses to utilize vibration stimulation to induce muscle contraction.

You can perform three type of exercises on a vibration plate.

Vibration Exercise
  • Strength Exercise
  • Balance Exercise
  • Stretch Exercise

These types of exercise are all still or slow-motion exercises. When you add vibration stimulation to these exercises, some natures are changed because of the fast pace muscle contraction and the multiplied mechanical stimulation. Vibration stimulation can enhance the exercise effect, but can also amplify the negative results if not used properly.

Check the linked page below for a general guide.

How often to use a vibration plate

In terms of how often you should use your vibration plate and how long for each session, it depends on your body condition and the vibration pattern and intensity.

There is no scientific study about how often one should use a vibration plate. Just like you do regular physical exercises, by keeping a daily vibration exercise routine, you can achieve incremental health condition improvement and solidify the good results.

Prolonged continuous exposure to vibration can cause health issue. However, if you use vibration plate a few times a day, 10 minutes each time, it is not considered as prolonged exposure.

For new users, please start with less exercise time and lower intensity settings. You can gradually work up with exercise time and the intensity. Be patient and persistent.

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