Vibration therapy was invented in 1867 and started being used in Dr. John Harvey Kellogg’s practice in 1895. Other applications include its use by the Russian space program to prevent bone loss and fractures, as well as strengthen muscles. NASA uses vibration therapy to improve the bone health of astronauts.
Whole body vertical vibration (WBVV) therapy primarily focuses on reducing the likelihood of fractures and bone loss, along with other potential improvements in muscle health. WBVV therapy can benefit users of any age.
What are the Health Benefits of WBVV Therapy?
WBVV works in the body by generating a force against gravity. Applying this mechanical force consistently yields a vertical reaction force that stimulates the whole musculo-skeletal nervous system. (This is why if the vibration is too strong or irregular, it can do harm to the body.) Whole Body Harmonic Vertical Vibration is a rapid and small amplitude vibration (1-10mm, at 1g intensity). The intensity and direction should be controlled in order to be of health benefit.
The principle behind WBVV is tonic vibration reflex, a muscular contraction and reaction to the vibration that stimulates and affects hormone secretion in the body. Scientists have noticed hormonal responses after WBHVV, such as Adiponectin, Osteocalcin, transforming growth factor-beta 1, nitric oxide, tPA and PAl-1. Other noted effects:
- Increases muscle balance and coordination
- Less severe back pain and joint pain
- Increases metabolism
- Reduce stress levels
- Improves circulation
- Increases muscle mass
- Improves cardiovascular function
- Decreases body fat
- Lowers blood sugar
- Helps stroke rehabilitation
- Improves fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
- Improves chronic constipation
- Helps in athlete training
- Helps in rehabilitating patients with Parkinson’s, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and those who have had a stroke (please consult a doctor first.)
Initial research findings show support for use in the treatment of certain conditions. As based on recent studies, athletes and those with Parkinson’s disease may benefit from added vibration therapy to their training or treatment programs, respectively. Populations that may benefit include elderly who may be unable to exercise regularly and those with muscle weakness or Parkinson’s disease.
Those who may not be candidates for vibration massage therapy include individuals who are pregnant, have a history of heart disease or serious diabetes or are currently taking blood thinning medications. You may seek for medical professional’s advice prior taking up treatment. Vibration therapy can be a powerful treatment to reduce pain and improve muscle and bone health without medication.