WHOLE BODY VIBRATION
Daily life itself stresses the body at the cellular level. To enhance healing, repair, and strengthening as well as improve overall fitness, cellular movement is required.Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is a treatment to: increase bone density, aid in weight loss, reduce cellulite and cortisol, slow cellular deterioration, and potentially slow the effects of neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s. WBV works simply: users stand on a vibrating platform which puts the body in motion and engages every cell.
Patients frequently experience the following benefits:
• Weight loss
• Lowered cortisol
• Reduced cellular stress
• Improved collagen production
• Increased serotonin and neurotrophine (supports thinking)
• Increased bone density
• Increased range of motion and flexibility
• Enhanced oxygenation, lymph drainage, and blood flow
• Greater flexibility
• Enhanced athletic performance and training results
• Decreased lower back pain
• Faster healing of sports injuries and ailments
• Improved muscle strength
• Faster training recovery
• Reduction of pain
• Reduced appearance of cellulite
WBV is ideal for accruing all of exercise’s usual benefits as well as weight loss and increasing bone density.
So how does it work so effectively?
When cells vibrate, the movement catalyzes internal growth and repair, and, stimulates the nucleus and surrounding filaments. This agitation releases transcription factors which spur new growth. For example, in the case of bone, osteoblasts are spurred. As we age, we lose more bone than we produce, making the WBV a great way to mitigate bone loss. Vibration also acts on stem cells, integral to the healing process of any fractured or weakened bone. When stem cells are stimulated to flood the affected site, healing is sped up and promoted.
Bodies possess innate responses and reflexes to disruptions in stability. When a person is stabilizing himself or herself on the platform “against” the vibration, muscle fibers rapidly and instinctively stretch and contract. The platform increases gravitational force on the body by three at a rate of 30-50 times per second. During repeated cycles of “forced” activity followed by rest and recovery, the body becomes more resilient and adapts. When practiced consistently, physical performance is increased.
Repeated training cycles of rest and recovery allow the body to adjust to the level of effort exerted. The result is increased physical performance, which is also called super-compensation. A similar phenomenon happens on the WBV—except the WBV platform achieves greater results faster in terms of overall fitness, hormonal production, and general health. Sets don’t exceed 60 seconds and training sessions, generally 3-4 times per week, don’t last beyond 10 minutes of time on the WBV. “Before” and “after” flexibility is dramatic and immediate. When patients touch their toes at the beginning and the end of each session, their increased flexibility is apparent. WBV training is not only efficient, but, it’s a great fit for those who aren’t adept with free weights, or, have limited time to do comprehensive circuit training.
How does the WBV help patients lose weight?
Clinton Rubin, Ph.D., a professor in the State University of New York at Stony Brook’s Biomedical Engineering Department, purports bone and fat come from the same cell: muscle, bone or fat are created from a primary stem cell. When the body is stimulated vibrationally on the WBV, scientists found the movement triggered the cells to turn into bone so as to bear the stimulation. More bone cells = a healthier frame – particularly as the body ages. An added bonus is as bone density is increased, fat cells are reduced! Mice which were exposed to the WBV in a study formed 30% less fat than those not exposed to the platform. When the study was conducted on women, the same results occurred. When post-menopausal women stood on the vibrating platform, bone mass was maintained. The group who did not use the platform experienced 3% bone loss.
What does WBV do to keep or increase bone density?
The Russian space program employed WBV to help astronauts counteract the effects of zero gravity from being in space. Astronauts lose 0.2% per month of bone without the force of gravity pulling on the skeleton. Conversely, athletes, a professional tennis player, for example, may have 30% more bone on her playing arm. Generally we err toward the physique of the astronaut—over time, bones get weaker. Scientific studies around the globe for decades support this conclusion: vibration increases bone density. Just as small tears in muscle from weightlifting builds muscle tissue, building bone requires high impact activity such as weightlifting, running, or other activities which “shock” the bone. Impact only serves to make it stronger. Our cells respond to our actions and impact activities yield small fractures. When repaired, the body builds more bone—first, to heal the fracture, then to strengthen it.
Statistically, the highest risk group for losing bone are post-menopausal women – as bone loss can result in mild to severe osteoporosis—the most serious of which results in brittle, weak bones. Men are not immune to bone loss, however, it does not generally begin until age 60. Of course, exercise helps both sexes in the prevention of age-related fractures and bone loss. The effects of osteoporosis are projected to increase steadily worldwide:
By 2050, the incidence of hip fractures in men will increase by 310% and in women by 240%
As little as a bone mass loss of 10% can DOUBLE the risk of vertebral fractures
That same 10% loss also may result in 2.5x more risk of hip fracture
Nearly 75% of hip fractures occur in women; 25% occur in men over 50
While clinicians, researchers, doctors, and health professionals strongly recommend building bone mass in one’s 20s and 30s to for the greatest probability of avoiding bone loss, they also have a “better late than never” approach. Vitalgate is pleased to tier use of the WBV for patients at every age to optimize their overall health.