Whole Body Vibration Therapy is a passive exercise using vertical directional force against gravity. This creates what some refer to as “hyper gravity”. Our body responds subconsciously to vibration frequencies of 23 Hz or higher by contracting muscles fibers. This is because the stretch receptors in our muscles and tendons are activated; they respond by rapidly contracting and relaxing every 2-3 seconds resulting in a near 100% activation of muscle fibers, a response that otherwise can only be achieved by extended weight training. This in turn activates a cascade of physiological responses that can improve bone mass, circulation, and balance. There is also a release of hormones such as human growth hormone (HGH) and serotonin. The benefits include increased muscle tone, prevention of osteoporosis and improved balance to name a few.
Below is a list of potential benefits which are linked to a scientific article. I also linked to Dr. Mercola’s “Peak Fitness” which discusses Whole Body Vibration Therapy. Below are 2 videos demonstrating WBV; one on “The Doctors” and another on Advanced Whole Body Vibration Workout.
- Increase Muscle Strength
- Increase Hormones (Testosterone, HGH, IGF-1)
- Increase Bone Density
- Increase Flexibility
- Improve Balance and Position Sense
- Decrease Cortisol Levels
- Pain Reduction
- Improve Circulation
- Increase Serotonin/norepinephrine levels
- Improve Neurological Conditions (Parkinson’s)