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Whole Body Vibration

Do you manage your stress or does your stress manage you?

Whole Body Vibration
"Just because you’re not sick doesn’t mean you’re healthy."

Whole Body Vibration achieves maximum results with minimum effort. It is an amplification of your effort. A Vibration Machine simulates a natural walking motion with less impact. When you stand on the plate of a Vibration Machine, the plate moves in a rocking motion, resulting in an up and down movement. When you stimulate a cell with vibration, it energizes and nourishes that cell so it can function more efficiently. Vibration recruits, and assists in creating, regenerative cells that aid in the process of healing. Whole Body Vibration encourages the body to heal itself. The body has a remarkable tendency to heal itself. When you work with Whole Body Vibration, it is a wellness solution to recovery.

Everyone can and should use Whole Body Vibration therapy – from the sedentary to the professional athlete. It can be used for pain, stress, weight loss, osteoporosis, inflammation, recovery from an injury, reduction of constipation, increased energy flow through meridians, warm-up, cool down, improving circulation, strength, muscle tone, flexibility, metabolic rate, the movement of lymph fluid, quality of deep sleep, balance, posture, and hormone balance, including the increase of serotonin and decrease of cortisol. Whole Body Vibration therapy induces a calming effect, while improving the ability to concentrate, thus positively affecting conditions such as Attention Deficit Disorder and Autism. Whole Body Vibration is an improved alternative to standard resistance exercise. It can even be used to train for specific athletic events such as an improved golf swing.

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Whole Body Vibration can be combined with manual lymphatic drainage, acupressure, as well as stretching, and strengthening exercises for added benefit.

The plate of a Whole Body Vibration machine offers a stimulus to the body and the body reacts with multiple muscle contractions. This machine "see-saws" from side to side. The "see-saw" motion stimulates the right and left brain in a manner that facilitates communication between the two sides. This stimulation is known as patterning. There are many benefits to a patterning exercise, including better coordination and balance. This motion mimics the neuromuscular response we experience with walking. This helps mobilization, clearing stagnant fluids and inflammation, and allowing fresh oxygenated blood to enter cells. This gentle rhythmic motion also has the effect of pumping the discs.

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Whole Body Vibration for Strengthening, Flexibility, and Weight Loss


A 12-week study found that strength increases from an average of 10 minutes of Vibration training were similar to those seen in an hour of regular resistance training. (Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 2003; 35 (6); 1033-1). Another study has shown "a substantial increase in muscle strength was observed after three weeks of vibratory stimulation strength training compared with regular strength training" (Issurin, 1999). There has been evidence of loss of strength with regular stretching, unlike Whole Body Vibration stretching (University of Nevada study etc.).

For weight loss, Whole Body Vibration must be combined with healthy eating and a cardio program such as walking, running, or swimming. Whole Body Vibration also helps with weight loss by speeding up the body's metabolism. Faster metabolism means you burn more calories.

Whole Body Vibration as a Beauty Treatment
Whole Body Vibration can improve circulation, carrying vital oxygen to your cells and tissues. This wakes up your cells and gives your skin a smoother healthier looking glow. It also increases the production of collagen, creating a tighter more youthful looking skin. Whole Body Vibration can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Look at the BEFORE photo of the small wrinkles that form at the outside of the eye. Now check the AFTER photo taken after only a few minutes of Vibration. The results speak for themselves! Beautiful before – outstanding after!

Further, Whole Body Vibration may help break down the fascial bonds that create the dimpled appearance of cellulite. The vibration helps flush trapped toxins from the affected areas. So when it is combined with a reduced calorie diet; the body is able to burn away this fat. Further, increased muscle tone will help to create a firmer surface below the fat, giving your skin a smoother, tighter appearance. In a recent study, a group of women participated in daily Whole Body Vibration exercises for 24 weeks showing a 25.68% decrease in cellulite.

Whole Body Vibration for Osteoporosis
It is proven that Whole Body Vibration will stimulate the osteoblasts within the bone. This will give a signal that there needs to be more bone mineral produced to handle the extra weight your body thinks it is carrying. This will automatically slow the activity of the osteoclasts, which reduce bone growth. (Jordan 2005, Olof Johnell & John Eisman, 2004, Rubin et al. 2004). Also, the Berlin Bedrest Study proved that ten minutes of Vibration six times a week prevented muscle and bone loss over 55 days (Rittweger et al 2004, Felsenberg et al 2004, Bleeker et al 2005, Blottner et al 2006). There has been scientific research that shows Whole Body Vibration improving human growth hormone and testosterone levels, which also help increase bone development.

Whole Body Vibration for Incontinence
A study called Treating Female Stress Urinary Incontinence was conducted and proved that "Muscle stimulation by Vibration training improves the subjective and objective parameters of stress urinary incontinence." (Dept of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Germany)

Some General Guidelines
Lower Speeds: Lower speeds are ideal for posture, muscle strength, injury rehabilitation, incontinence, mobilization of joints, healing scar tissue, balance and stability.

Middle Speeds: Middle speeds are for muscle strength, improved coordination, blood circulation, stretching, improved muscle tone and incontinence.

Higher Speeds: Higher speeds are for massage, muscle relaxation, hormonal changes, neurological stimulation, increased mobility, increased bone density, blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.

If any of the following contraindications apply to you, please consult your healthcare provider before participating in Whole Body Vibration or any exercise.
  • Implants: The concern is that aggressive vibrations may disturb these implants and cause problems in the body. Check with your health practitioner if you aren’t sure.
  • Cataracts: With cataracts, the issue is the vibration potentially shaking your cataract out of position. Check with your health practitioner.
  • Recent Surgery: The concern here is that the Vibrations can cause sutures to rupture. Give at least 6-8 weeks after surgery and only go ahead with your health practitioner’s approval.
  • Cancer: This is a controversial one. While there are likely many healing benefits for people battling cancer, there are no studies to prove this yet. This is because the studies may risk the safety of the patient, and are therefore considered unethical. Again, check with your health practitioner.
  • Pregnancy: Again, there are no studies to show whether Vibration is safe during pregnancy, because the risk is too great. To be safe, reputable Whole Body Vibration companies will not allow pregnant women, or women who think they may be pregnant, to use their Machines.

This list is by no means exhaustive. If you have any health issues, you would be wise to check with your healthcare provider first. If your health care providers haven’t heard of Vibration, inform them that there are several studies available online.

Itching bothers many new Vibration users, and causes concern. It is due to the big increase in circulation. This is completely normal. It is the capillaries expanding to supply more blood. Very often at higher speeds, you will experience itching. Sometimes it can be quite intense. Sometimes the thigh becomes slightly red. It is all very normal. Itching is normally a temporary symptom that should dissipate after a few Vibration sessions.

Additional Benefits:

Athlete Performance
  • The influence of Whole Body Vibration on jumping performance. (C. Bosco, M. Cardinale, 0. Tsarpela, R. Colli - Biol. Sport, 1998)
  • New trends in training science: The use of vibrations for enhancing performance. (C. Bosco, M. Cardinale, 0. Tsarpela, E. Locatelli - New Stud Athletics, 1999)
  • Adaptive responses of human skeletal muscle to vibration exposure. (C. Bosco, R. Colli, E. Introini, M. Cardinale, 0. Tsarpela, A. Madella, Clinical Physiology, 1999)
  • Acute and residual effects of vibratory stimulation on explosive strength in elite and amateur athletes; Influence of vibration on mechanical power and electromyogram activity in human arm flexor muscles. (C Bosco, M. Cardinale, 0. Tsarpela – European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology, 1999)
  • Acute changes in neuromuscular excitability after exhaustive Whole Body Vibration exercise as compared to exhaustion by squatting exercise. (J. Rittweger, M. Mutschelknauss, D. Felsenberg, Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging, 2003)
  • Acute Whole Body Vibration training increases Vertical jump and flexibility performance in elite female field hockey players. (D.J. Cochrane, S.R. Stannard - British Medical Journal, 2005)
  • Effects of a 6-week periodized squat training program with or without Whole Body Vibration on jump height and power output following acute Vibration exposure. (Lamont HS; Cramer JT; D.A. Bemben; R.L. Shehab; M.A. Anderson; M.G. Bemben - Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 2009)
  • Effect of four-month Vertical Whole Body Vibration on performance and balance. (S. Torvinen, P. Kannus, H. Sievanen, T.A.H. Jarvinen, M. Pasanen, S. Kontulainen, T. Jarvinen, M. Jarvinen, P. Oja, I. Vuori - Journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, 2002).
  • Regulation of bone formation by applied dynamic modes. (C. Ruben, L. Lanyon – Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 1984)
  • Three rules for bone adaptation to mechanical stimulation. (C. Turner – Bone, 1998)
  • The anabolic activity of bone tissue, suppressed by disuse, is normalized by brief exposure to extremely low-magnitude mechanical stimuli. (C. Rubin – The FASEB Journal, 2001)
  • Effect of Whole Body Vibration on muscular performance, balance and bone. (S. Torvinen – Acta Universitatis Tamp erensis 908 University of Tampere, Tampere, 2003)
  • Low frequency vibratory exercise reduces the risk of bone fractures more than walking. (N. Gusi, A. Raimundo, A. Leal - BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2006)
  • Whole Body Vibration effects on bone mineral density in women with or without resistance training, (B. Humphries, A. Fenning, E. Dugan, J. Guinane, K. MacRae - Aviation, Space and Environmental Medicine, 2009)
  • Whole Body Vibration as potential intervention for people with low bone mineral density and osteoporosis: A review. (J.O. Totosy de Zepetnek, L.M. Giangregorio, B.C. Craven. - Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 2009)
  • Prevention of bone loss during 56 days of strict bed rest by side-alternating resistive vibration exercise. (J. Rittweger, G. Beller, G. Armbrecht, E. Mulder, B. Buehring, U. Gast, F. Dimeo, H. Schubert, A. de Haan, D.F. Stegeman, H. Schiessl, D. Felsenberg D - Bone, 2010)
Low Back Pain
  • The effect of weight-bearing exercise with low frequency, Whole Body Vibration on lumbosacral proprioception: A pilot study on normal subjects. (T.L. Fontana, C.A. Richardson, W.R. Stanton - Australian Journal of Physiotherapy, 2005)
  • Treatment of chronic lower back pain with lumbar extension and Whole Body Vibration exercise. (J. Rittweger, K. Just, K. Kautzsch, P. Reeg, D. Felsenberg - Spine, 2002)
Metabolic Changes
  • Hormonal responses to Whole Body Vibration in men.(C. Bosco, M. Lacovelli, O. Tsarpela, M. Cardinale, M. Bonifazi, J. Tihanyi, M. Viru, A. De Lorenzo, A. Viru - European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2000)
  • The effects of Vibration on human performance and hormonal profile. (C. Lammel, M. Hartard, C. Kleinmond, H. Schiessl, D. Jeschke - Doctoral thesis, Semmelweis University, 2002)
  • Whole Body Vibration exercise leads to alterations in muscle blood volume. (K. Kerschan-Schindl, S. Grampp, C. Henk, H. Resch , E. Preisinger – Clinical Physiology, 2001)
  • Oxygen uptake during Whole Body Vibration exercise: Comparison with squatting as a slow voluntary movement. (J. Rittweger, H. Schiessl, D. Felsenberg - European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2001)
  • Acute physiological effects of exhaustive Whole Body Vibration exercise in man. (J. Rittweger, G. Beller, D. Felsenberg - Clinical Physiology, 2000)
  • Oxygen uptake in Whole Body Vibration exercise: Influence of vibration frequency, amplitude and external load. (J. Rittweger, J. Ehrig, K. Just, M. Mutschelknauss, K.A. Kirsch, D. Felsenberg - International Journal of Sports Medicine, 2002)
Muscle Power and Strength
  • Acute and residual effects of vibratory stimulation on explosive strength in elite and amateur athletes. (V.B. Issurin, G. Tenenbaum - Journal of Sports Sciences,1999)
  • Effect of Whole Body Vibration stimulus and voluntary contraction on motoneuron pool. (Y. Nishihira, T. Iwasaki, A. Hatta, T. Wasaka, T. Kaneda, K. Kuroiwa, S. Akiyama T. Kida, K.S. Ryol - Advances in exercise and sports physiology, 2002)
  • Effect of a Vibration exposure on muscular performance and body balance. (S. Torvinen, P. Kannus, H. Sievanen, T.A.H. Jarvinen, M. Pasanen, S. Kontulainen, T. L.N. Järvinen, M. Järvinen, P. Oja, I. Vuori - Clinical Physiology, 2002)
  • Short term effects of Whole Body Vibration on maximal voluntary isometric knee extensor force and rate of force rise. (C. de Ruiter, R. van der Linden, M. van der Zijden, A. Hollander, A. de Haan – European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2003)
  • High-frequency Vibration Training increases muscle power in postmenopausal women. (C.R. Russo, F. Lauretani, S. Bandinelli, B. Bartali, C. Cavazzini, J. Guralnik, L. Ferrucci - Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2003)
  • Strength Increase after Whole Body Vibration Compared with Resistance Training. (C. Delecluse, M. Roelants, S. Verschueren - Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (2003)
  • The use of Vibration Training to enhance muscle strength and power. (J. Luo, B. McNamara, K. Moran - Sports Medicine, 2005)
  • Human skeletal muscle structure and function preserved by Vibration muscle exercise following 55 days of bed rest. (D. Blottner, M. Salanova, B. Püttmann, G. Schiffl, D. Felsenberg, B. Buehring, J. Rittweger - European Journal of Applied Physiology, 2006)
  • Effect of Whole Body Vibration exercise on muscle strength and proprioception in females with knee osteoarthritis. (T. Trans, J. Aaboe, M. Henriksen, R. Christensen, H. Bliddal H. Lund - The Knee, 2009)
  • Effect of an acute bout of Whole Body Vibration exercise on muscle force output and motor neuron excitability. (J.M. McBride; J.L. Nuzzo; A.M. Dayne; M.A. Israetel; D.C. Nieman; N.T. Triplett - Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, 2010)
Neurological Conditions
  • Short-term effects of Whole Body Vibration on postural control in unilateral chronic stroke patients. (I.J. van Nes, A.C. Geurts, H.T. Hendricks, J. Duysens - American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 2004)
  • Effects of Whole Body Vibration in patients with multiple sclerosis: A pilot study. (O. Schuhfried, C. Mittermaier, T. Jovanovic, K. Pieber, T. Paternostro-Sluga - Clinical Rehabilitation, 2005)
  • Effects of random Whole Body Vibration on postural control in Parkinson's Disease. (S. Turbanski, C.T. Haas, D. Schmidtbleicher, A. Friedrich; P. Duisberg - Research in Sports Medicine, 2005)
  • Whole Body Vibration versus conventional physiotherapy to improve balance and gait in Parkinson’s disease. (G. Ebersbach, D. Edler, O. Kaufhold, J. Wissel - Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2008)
Seniors Performance
  • Balance training and exercise in geriatric patients. (M. Runge, G. Rehfeld, E. Resnicek - J Musculoskel Neuron Interact 2000)
  • Whole Body Vibration exercise in the elderly people. (T. Akiyama, J. Kawanishi, H. Norimatsu - IBMS-JSBMR. P506F, 2003)
  • Efficacy of training program for ambulatory competence in elderly women. (J. Iwamoto, Y. Otaka, K. Kudo, T. Takeda, M. Uzawa, K. Hirabayashi – The Keio Journal of Medicine, 2004)
  • Controlled Whole Body Vibration to decrease fall risk and improved health-related quality of life of nursing home residents. (O. Bruyere, M.A. Wuidart, E. Di Palma, M. Gourlay, O. Ethgen, F. Richy, J. Reginster - Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 2005)
  • Effect of Whole Body Vibration exercise and muscle strengthening, balance, and walking exercises on walking ability in the elderly. (K. Kawanabe, A. Kawashima, I. Sashimoto, T. Takeda, Y. Sato, J. Iwamoto - The Keio Journal of Medicine, 2007)
  • x Influence of Whole Body Vibration platform frequency on neuromuscular performance of community-dwelling older adults. (T.P. Furness, W.E. Maschette – Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 2009)
  • Effects of Whole Body Vibration on postural steadiness in an older population. (S.S. Rees, A.J. Murphy, M.L. Watsford. - Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 2009)
  • Effects of Whole Body Vibration training on cardio respiratory fitness and muscle strength in older individuals (a 1-year randomised controlled trial). (A.C. Bogaerts; C. Delecluse; A.L. Claessens; T. Troosters; S. Boonen; S.M. Verschueren - Age & Ageing, 2009)
Urinary Incontinence
  • Effect on Muscles of mechanical vibrations produced by the Galileo 2000 in combination with physical therapy in treating female stress urinary incontinence. (S. von der Heide, G. Emons, R. Hilgers, V.
Biomechanical Stimulation
  • Biomechanical Stimulation (S. Feldman, 2004).