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17 Proven Health Benefits of Vibration Therapy

Vibration therapy has been increasingly recognized for its unique effectiveness in treating a broad range of medical conditions that include but not limited to the following:


  • Muscle pain & injury
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Tendon & ligament injury
  • Bone loss
  • Knee joint injury
  • Sciatica
  • Lower back pain
  • Blood circulation disorder
  • Microcirculation disorder
  • lymphedema
  • High blood pressure
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nerve pain
  • Motor skills, balance, gait issues
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Metabolism disorder
  • Aging related issues
  • Restless leg syndrome
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Stress

What is vibration therapy?

Vibration therapy is a physical therapy that incorporates forced vibration stimulation on the human body to enhance treatment effectiveness. A vibration plate machine is used to generate and transmit the needed vibration to the human body.

Among many influences that vibration stimulation may have on the human body, the vibration-induced skeletal muscle contraction is the needed treatment intervention for this therapy.

Vibration-induced rapidly repeated skeletal muscle contraction promotes and regulates a series of physiological processes, improving the performance of multiple body systems.

Vibration Therapy Mechanism - a brief overview

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When we are on a running vibration plate, vibration induces our skeletal muscles to contract and relax at a rapidly repeated pace, due to our skeletal muscle's natural stretch reflex response.

Skeletal muscle contraction exercises and remodels muscles themselves and their connecting tissues, like tendons, ligaments, bones, fascias and nerves, etc.

Vibration exercise intervention naturally influences our musculoskeletal system and neuromuscular system, improving their performance and functionality.

Besides the locomotion function, skeletal muscle contraction plays an essential role in regulating or signaling a series of physiological processes, including blood circulation, lymphatic drainage, nerve function, protein metabolism, insulin sensitivity, blood pressure regulation, hormone production, stem cell differentiation, and cognitive function.

In most situations, skeletal muscle contraction is voluntary. Our brain commands when and how to contract our skeletal muscles.

Vibration-induced skeletal muscle contraction, on the contrary, is involuntary due to skeletal muscle's natural stretch reflex response.

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When a skeletal muscle is passively stretched, it spontaneously contracts against the stretch. This reaction is called stretch reflex response. It allows our body to keep balance and stability automatically, without the active command of the brain.

The rapidly repeated involuntary muscle contraction induced by vibration makes the exercise intervention drastically different. This attribute leads to the unique effectiveness of vibration therapy.

With vibration stimulation incorporated, we make our physical exercise more efficient and effective, achieving health benefits on a different magnitude.

Since vibration therapy influence a series of physiological activities, it addresses our disorders from multiple perspectives. Most disorders are not isolated. Vibration therapy's holistic approach is natural and fundamental. The combined effects create a synergy that further boost the treatment effectiveness.

Vibration therapy has been proved to be particularly effective in treating chronic soft tissue injuries, muscle atrophy, bone loss, peripheral neuropathy, and many hard-to-diagnose hard-to-treat diseases that often related to poor microcirculation.

Because of its uniqueness, efficiency and effectiveness, vibration therapy can achieve certain health benefit results that are not achievable through traditional physical therapy or mainstream medicine.

Vibration intervention brings physical therapy to a new dimension.

Major Health Benefits of Vibration Therapy

Muscle Volume, Strength & Health

Physical exercise incorporated with vibration stimulation is revolutionary. Vibration exercise allows you to more efficiently and effectively train your skeletal muscles, increasing muscle volume and improving their strength and performance.

Vibration therapy exercise is practical and effective for

  • Muscle atrophy prevention
  • Fast muscle injury recovery
  • Chronic muscle injury treatment
  • Muscle pain relief
  • Sports recovery

The rapidly repeated involuntary muscle contraction provided through the use of vibration plates is particularly effective in treating chronic muscle injury, because of its efficiency and influence on a series of physiological processes, in particular, on cell regeneration and circulation improvement.

Compared with traditional physical therapy, vibration therapy produces more perceivable positive results in a shorter period of time. Patients are more encouraged to continue their vibration therapy exercise to achieve incremental and stabilized positive results.

Chronic muscle injury

Chronic muscle injury is often caused by repeated muscle injuries followed by the formation of scar tissue. Scar tissue formation is our body's reparative response to damage for fast healing. However, the fibrous scar tissue replaces the original muscle fiber and impairs muscle strength and performance, making the muscle easily get stressed and causing sustained muscle pain. Scar tissue is usually formed permanently and becomes a major cause of chronic muscle issues.

At a certain magnitude and frequency, the dynamic force of muscle contraction induced by vibration can gradually break down the fibrous scar tissues, physically and physiologically. Consequently, new living muscle cells grow back to replace the scar tissue, restoring the original muscle tissue and the performance. Muscle restoration is the fundamental solution for chronic muscle injury.

Muscle restoration from scar tissue using vibration therapy is a long time process. It requires patience and persistence. However, muscle stress and pain can be quickly relieved as the improved muscle condition mitigates the poor performance of the problematic scar tissues.

Vibration stimulation has been utilized and approved as being effective for muscle building. A good example is the X3 bar exercise on a linear vibration plate.

Certain physical exercises, like the L-squat, calf-raise and tiptoe, when incorporated with vibration stimulation,  become revolutionary, and can achieve much enhanced health improvement results.

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A new dimension

For chronic muscle injury, there is probably no better treatment method than physical therapy. The unique vibration exercise intervention through the use of vibration plates brings physical therapy to a new dimension.

Tendon Strengthening & Rehabilitation

Tendons connect muscles to bones. They mainly consist of collagenous tissues. Tendons receive less blood flow than muscles, and can take months to respond to physical exercise for strengthening or rehabilitation.  Vibration therapy exercise can speed up this process, thanks to its unique exercise intervention - rapidly repeated muscle contraction.

Benefits of vibration therapy on tendons include:

  • Strengthen tendons
  • Restore injured tendons
  • Prevent impaired tendons from further injury
  • Ease stress and pain caused by chronic tendon injury
  • Senior people maintain healthy and strong tendons

As skeletal muscles contract, they pull on connecting tendons. Muscle contraction force is the mechanical stimulation needed for remodeling tendon tissues and promoting tenocytes (tendon cells) regeneration.

Vibration therapy can serve this role more efficiently and effectively with vibration-induced rapidly repeated skeletal muscle contraction, speeding up tendon strengthening and rehabilitation.

For tendon injuries, fast recovery can prevent the development of chronic damage – the formation of scar tissue.

Chronic tendon injuries are often the result of severe tears, surgery, or repeated small incremental injury, followed by the formation of scar tissues. The scar tissues compromise the strength and elasticity of tendon tissues.

Physical therapy is the single best way to maintain strong and healthy tendons. Once developed, scar tissues are almost impossible to reverse through traditional physical therapy. Chronic tendon injuries are unlikely to cure.

Vibration therapy may shed a new light for chronic tendon injury. Vibration-induced rapidly repeated muscle contraction may break down scar tissues in tendons, physically and physiologically, and allow living tendon cells to grow back. This mechanical stimulation may also promote the stem cell differentiation process for the generation of tenocytes cells.

Vibration exercise is safe for tendons. The muscle contraction force does not over-stress the tendons.

Vibration therapy is more significant for senior people in maintaining healthy tendons. As we age, the regeneration process of tenocytes cells slows down. Eventually, tendons discontinue to grow and stop self-repair. At this stage, chronic tendon injuries are more exposed and can impact our life. While traditional physical therapy does little help, vibration therapy becomes a practical solution.

Squat, calf-raise and tiptoe are effective poses on a linear vibration plate for tendon exercise.

Bone Density Improvement

Scientific studies have found that muscle strength training is essential for the promotion of bone growth. Other types of physical exercises are less effective for this objective.

Muscle contraction creates pulling force on the connecting bones, naturally and safely. At a certain magnitude, such a mechanical stimulation can signal our body system to produce the needed growth hormone (GH) for the generation of new bone cells.

Like muscle strength training, vibration exercise can provide high magnitude mechanical stimulation on bones through its fast-pace muscle contraction that damps the high acceleration movement of vibration. Such a mechanical stimulation promotes our body systems to provide building blocks for bone growth.

Due to vibration's unique G-force, vibration stimulation can achieve a higher magnitude to influence stem cell differentiation for the transformation from stem cells to bone cells.

Bone mineral density (BMD) improvement has been observed in many prolonged clinical trials of vibration exercise training.

Nerve Performance and Functionality

Skeletal muscle's natural stretch reflex response is a nerve function that leads to rapidly repeated skeletal muscle contraction at the stimulation of vibration.

Through inducing skeletal muscle's stretch reflex response, vibration movement exercises the neuromuscular system and enhances its functionality. In addition, muscle contraction improves nutrient and oxygen supply to nerve cells, reinforcing their performance. Vibration exercise improves the overall condition of the peripheral nervous system.

  • Balance, motor skills and gait improvement
  • Peripheral neuropathy treatment
  • Parkinson’s disease treatment
  • Cerebral palsy treatment
  • Nerve pain relief

Performing calf-raise exercise on a linear vibration plate can immediate relieve foot nerve pain caused by diabetes or spinal problem.

Balance, Motor Skills and Gait

Vibration therapy enhances muscle strength as well as nerve functionality. The combined effectiveness leads to improved balance, motor skills and gait.

Some vibration exercise poses are particularly effective for this purpose, like performing single leg squat and single leg calf-raise on a vertical movement linear vibration plate. Vibration exercise is probably the most effective way for balance and motor skills training on leg and foot muscles.

Research studies have showed that whole body vibration exercise leads to a reduced risk of falling for senior people.

Blood Circulation Improvement

Vibration induced fast pace muscle contraction is effective in assisting blood distribution in small blood vessels and capillaries. The muscle contraction also promote interstitial fluid flow.

  • Peripheral circulation improvement
  • Microcirculation improvement

Due to its ground platform style, whole body vibration plate are very effective for leg and foot circulation improvement, but less effective for upper body circulation.

Performing vibration calf-raise can immediately relieve cold feet because of improved blood circulation.

Lymphatic Drainage

Vibration therapy works perfectly with the mechanism of lymphatic circulation.

Lymphatic circulation mainly relies on the smooth muscle contraction of lymph vessels to move the lymph. Skeletal muscle contraction is also essential for healthy lymphatic circulation. 

The rapidly repeated muscle contraction induced by vibration is optimal for enhancing lymphatic circulation. Improved interstitial fluid flow also help the fluid get into the lymph capillaries.

Countless patients and practitioners have successfully use vibration therapy to treat lymphedema.

vibration therapy for lymphedema

Knee Joint Health & Functionality

Vibration therapy improves knee joint health and functionality by enhancing the connecting muscles, tendons and ligaments.

The whole-body vibration plate is perfectly designed to induce knee joint connected muscle contraction, making the effectiveness of vibration therapy on knee joint health improvement prominent.

  • Knee muscle, tendon and ligament enhancement
  • Chronic injury treatment for knee tendons and ligaments

Enhanced muscles, tendons and ligaments improve the overall condition and functionality of knee joint. They also provide the needed support to relieve the stress on bones and cartilages.

Low Back muscle Pain Relief

Certain exercise postures (like deadlift) on a whole-body vibration plate can exercise low back muscles and improve the local circulation.

  • Low back muscle and ligament enhancement
  • Chronic injury treatment for back muscles, tendons and ligaments

Enhanced muscles, tendons and ligaments improve overall condition and functionality on facet joints. They also provide needed support for the joints and the lumbar spine.

Metabolism Enhancement

Improved blood and lymph circulation through vibration therapy enhances the supply of oxygen and nutrient and the discharge of metabolism waste.

Vibration stimulation promotes the functionality of the endocrine system for making enzymes that are essential for the metabolism processes.

Improved metabolism can lead to weight loss.

Senior Health Improvement

Vibration therapy's systematic approach is optimal for improving overall health condition of seniors and elderly, and help cope many aging related health issues.

The benefits on bone and muscle health from using vibration plate are very practical for seniors and elderly due to the low impact and light workload nature of vibration exercise.

Fibromyalgia Treatment

Fibromyalgia involves many kinds of pain and sickness symptoms. It is complicated, and not well defined and diagnosed. Treatment methods generally include physical therapy. Many patients use vibration exercise as an enhanced physical therapy and achieve good results.

Vibration exercise activates, exercises and promotes the performance and functionality of multiple body system. The improved over all health condition helps address the complicated Fibromyalgia issue on a systematic level.

Skin Health

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Vibration therapy enhances the circulation system for the supply of oxygen and nutrients needed for skin health, and discharge of metabolic wastes.

Vibration stimulation also promote the functionality of the endocrine system to produce needed hormones and special proteins like collagen needed for healthy skin.

With good circulation and supply of essential cell building blocks, skin is better conditioned. Vibration plate users reported a reduction in cellulite and acne.

Calf-raise exercise on a linear vibration plate improves foot circulation and help treat dry skin and scaling.

Brain Function

Many vibration plate users reported the unique effectiveness using vibration plates for stress relief and autism treatment. It is unclear whether vibration exercise is effective in helping brain condition and function.

  • Stress and anxiety relief
  • Autism treatment

Physical exercise can promote our endocrine system to secret dopamine and serotonin which help regulate mood and muscle movement. Vibration exercise is probably more effective for such a promotion.

Other Vibration Therapy Applications

More and more people are willing to give vibration therapy a try because it is convenient, none-drug treatment with low physical impact. Many patients, after failing to find relief through mainstream medicine, resort to vibration therapy. Below are some other conditions that can be treated using vibration therapy.

  • Restless leg syndrome relief
  • High blood pressure treatment
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Urinary incontinence

There are hundreds of research articles / citations / clinical trial reports on PubMed.gov (a biomedical literature search engine of National Library of Medicine.)

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Scientists are intrigued by the uniqueness of vibration intervention. Hundreds of research projects are performed on vibration therapy, including many randomized controlled clinical trials. Most research projects turned out with some positive health benefit evidences, and further indicated promising areas for further study.

Summary

Vibration therapy and regular physical therapy work similarly. Both achieve improvement of health condition through activating and exercising our body systems.

What makes vibration therapy different is its stimulation pattern and magnitude. Its rapidly repeated pulse of high intensive mechanical stimulation is more effective and efficient in activating our musculoskeletal system and neuromuscular system.

The unique stimulation and muscle activities also promote the functionality of our circulation systems and endocrine system to achieve enhanced overall health condition.

Disclaimer

Our statements, hypothesis, analysis and conclusions have not been evaluated by any regulatory authority or medical institute. We do not provide medical advice to any person for any specific medical treatment.

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