Whole body vibration has been accepted worldwide and recommended as an invaluable tool due to its potential for increasing force generating capacity within the lower limbs.
Whole body vibration has been in use since early 1900's but was developed in 1960's by the Russians for their Athletic and Space programs. Preliminary studies reveal that vibration workout is a therapeutic approach for osteoporosis and sarcopenia. Athletes & fitness rehabilitation centres have started using whole body vibration in their regular exercise programmes.
Vibration - A natural stimulus
During sporting activities, our body interacts with externally applied forces which induce vibrations and oscillations within the body tissues. Tissue vibrations are also induced when the body experiences continuous vibrations during skiing or bike riding. The natural frequency of a vibrating system is based on its mass and stiffness.
Vibration & Muscle Activation
During Whole body vibration exercise, muscles are activated to reduce the vibrations which occur within the body tissues. A maximally activated muscle can damp free vibrations so that the tissue oscillations are virtually eliminated after a couple of cycles. Vibration platforms have been developed with the idea of promoting muscle activity thereby providing an effective training stimulus.
Working of Whole Body Vibration
While standing on the platform, vibrations are transmitted throughout the entire body. This causes contractions in the muscle which in turn increases muscle tone. The vibration plate movement stimulates the natural reflexes of the body to stretch and contract. There are three forms of Whole Body Vibration - Vertical Vibration, Oscillating Vibration & Elliptical Vibration.
Neuromuscular & Physiological Benefits
Worldwide research on Whole Body Vibration shows astounding results for health and improved fitness in a fraction of the time compared to normal exercises. This technology is widely accepted by various rehabilitation and therapeutic centres round the globe. Even professional sport teams have adopted whole body vibration for rehabilitation purposes and also to develop explosive strength. Whole body vibration has shown to have far reaching health benefits.
With whole body vibration, people will get that natural 'high' and overall feeling of youth and energy after every workout. People will also have the benefits of improving mental stimulation and concentration.
Whole body vibration is a wonderful therapy and a low impact non-strenuous activity that provides multiple benefits.
1. Increases blood circulation and lymphatic drainage by removing excess fluids and toxins.
2. Assists in the recovery and regeneration of damaged tissues.
3. Increase in body metabolism, muscular endurance and overall agility.
4. Strengthens muscle without any strain on joints and ligaments.
5. Relieves stress and anti-aging
6. Builds bone density and tones muscles
Whole body vibration also has a dramatic effect on people suffering from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Arthritis, Rheumatism, Osteoarthritis, sarcopenia, back pain and multiple sclerosis. It also enhances beauty - studies show that with just 3 sessions a week, it is possible to reduce cellulite on buttocks and thighs by a massive 25.7%. Whole body vibration training when combined with cardio exercises reduces cellulite by 32%.
Whole Body Vibration is one of the most popular novel treatments that provide an alternative to conventional exercises.