Total Body Vibration
Whether you realize it or not, movement produces kinetic energy. This has been noted with such scientific observations as, “An object in motion stays in motion.”It is also the technology behind using total body vibration for health and wellness. Perhaps you’ve heard of this method of vibrating the entire body for healthy results. If not, let’s start with a bit of the history behind total body vibration.
The History of the Total Body Vibration Machine
In the 1800s, a gymnast physician inventor from Sweden named Gustav Zander, developed an apparatus that used springs, weights and pulleys to create machines that use vibration for therapeutic exercise. Later, toward the end of the 1800s, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, of Kelloggs cereal, also built on the vibr
ation invention. Still later, into the 1960s, the Germans tapped into the vibration technology and developed an exercise technique called rhythmic neuromuscular stimulation. However, it wasn’t until the Russians began using these inventions and ideas that the real scientific benefits were begun to be understood.
Total Body Vibration TBV, also known as Whole Body Vibration WBV, was developed for use by Russian Cosmonauts to combat the negative effects that came from prolonged exposure to zero gravity. These included muscle atrophy, bone density loss, and blood clotting. Scientists discovered the positive effects that vibration technology had on strengthening muscles, increasing flexibility and improving bone density. The Russians used a platform that vibrated creating motion which the cosmonauts would use. The result was that the platform would cause the brain to communicate with the muscles and tell them to actively contract to maintain equilibrium. It is also the science behind what hospitals use today in vibrating a patient’s legs post-surgery to prevent blood clots and stimulate healthy circulation. Further, this technology can also be used for overall health and wellness, healing from sports injuries and making exercise easier.
What Is Total Body Vibration?
A Total Body Vibration Machine will do, as the name implies, vibrate the person who is using it. They come in a variety of styles, but many allow for oscillating vibration instead of just shaking you around to burn fat and tighten and tone the muscles, working muscles, tendons and ligaments that don’t normally get attention even during a full body workout at the gym. The machine allows you to get the same amount of benefits as a one-hour workout at the gym in just 10 minutes.
The Total Body Vibration method offers an efficient way to exercise, look and feel better by using the least amount of time and effort. It also reduces appearance of cellulite, improves circulation, and has been scientifically proven to increase bone density. The Total Body Vibration machine delivers maximum results in just 10 minutes at least three times a week. Depending on the person, you may lose a pound after one session. It is easy to use, but is best to have a professionally trained instructor present to help you spread feet evenly and start at a level appropriate for your needs. If you feel great after it’s done, turn up the level the next time. Most routines consist of a series of positions that include standing and squatting.
Scientists confirm the benefits of total body vibration which include an acute physiological effect of exhaustive whole-body vibration exercise in man, as well as an adaptive response of human skeletal muscle to vibration exposure. Still additional studies exposed the influence of whole-body vibration on jumping performance. Yet another study revealed acute changes in neuromuscular excitability after exhaustive whole body vibration exercise as compared to exhaustion by squatting exercise.
Our clients have noticed that the machine helps with after-sport recovery as well as pre-sport warmup and injury prevention. It also increases tone in posture muscles, improves balance and flexibility, improves bone density and circulation along with muscle power and strength. The Total Body Vibration also delivers massage and relaxation
Experience a total body vibration firsthand. Visit our office where you will find that we not only offer the use of the vibration machine but also a trained specialist who will help you use it correctly and monitor your results.
10 minutes of Vibration is equivalent to:
30-60 minutes of weight lifting or 3-4 miles of jogging
Total body vibration can stimulate up to 97% of the body’s muscles at a time!
Please call our office to use it for free for the first time.
Below are two informative videoclips regarding Whole Body Vibration:
I am including a very comprehensive list of whole body vibration benefits, as follows:
1. It increases the gravitational load on bones, and strengthens the musculoskeletal systems.
2. It protects the joints from the chronic fatigue and impact of exercising on hard surfaces.
3. It diminishes body fat and cellulite, improves muscle tone, and lowers pulse rate and blood pressure.
4. It aids the lymphatic fluid to circulate toxins from the 60 trillion cells in the body by the stimulation of millions one-way valves.
5. The motion causes more oxygen to circulate in the tissues of the body. Where there is oxygen there can not be disease.
6. Helps to increase capacity for more respiration by changes in volume of the chest cavity by the muscular movements of the diaphragm.
7. It establishes a better equilibrium between the oxygen required by the tissues and the oxygen available.
8. It lessens the time during which blood pressure remains abnormal after severe activity.
9. It assists in the rehabilitation of a heart condition.
10. It increases activity in the red blood marrow to produce more red blood cells which carry nutrients to the tissues of the body and removes carbon dioxide from the cells.
11. It improves resting metabolic rate so that more calories are burned for hours after exercise.
12. It opens up the blood circulatory system to help move the blood more freely thus helping muscle performance and lightens the heart load.
13. It strengthens the heart and other muscles in the body so that they work more efficiently.
14. It allows the resting heart to beat less often as each beat becomes more powerful to send out a greater surge of blood in the system.
15. It lowers circulating cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
16. It lowers low-density lipoprotein (bad) in the blood and increases high-density lipoprotein (good) reducing the incidence of coronary artery disease.
17. It promotes tissue repair and rehabilitations of limbs.
18. Increases the mitochondria count within the muscle cells, essential for endurance.
19. Adds to the alkaline reserve of the body, which may be of significance in an emergency requiring prolonged effort.
20. Improves coordination between propreoceptors in the joints, the transmission of nerve impulses to and from the brain.
21. It improves the brain’s responsiveness to the vestibular apparatus within the inner ear, thus improving balance.
22. Offers relief from neck, back pains, headaches, and other pain caused by lack of exercise.
23. Enhances digestion and elimination processes.
24. It creates deeper and easier relaxation and sleep.
25. It results in better mental performance, with keener learning processes.
26. It curtails fatigue and menstrual discomfort for women.
27. It minimizes the number of colds, allergies, digestive disturbances, and abdominal problems.
28. It tends to slow down atrophy in the aging process.
29. It can reverse, prevent or diminish the hardening of the arteries.
30. By conquering this ultimate pathology, it will keep your mind alert, skin smooth, and the skeleton flexible.
31. It will keep the libido intact, kidneys functioning, liver detoxifying, enzyme systems alive, and hold memory intact.
32. Helps to avoid the systems of the aging process.
33. Helps the user gain a sense of control and an improved self image.
34. Supplies a reserve of bodily strength and physical efficiency.
35. It helps the body to attain peak cell functioning through chemical function.
36. It stimulates metabolism.
37. It provides for a better absorption of food.
38. It helps the body to fight fatigue.
39. It tones the glandular system to increase the output of the thyroid.
40. It stimulates the pituitary gland and the adrenals which all help to restore energy.
41. It stimulates every part and muscle of the body at the same time.
42. This exercise is enjoyable, and you can make it as intense or as gentle as you like.
-Acute physiological effects of exhaustive whole-body vibraion exercise in man. Rittweger, J. and Beller, G. and Felsenberg, D. (2000) Clinical Physiology 20 (2), 134–142 –
-Adaptive responses of human skeletal muscle to vibration exposure. Bosco, C. and Colli, R. and Introini, E. and Cardinale, M. and Tsarpela, O. and Madella, A. and Tihanyi, J. and Viru, A. (1999) Clinical Physiology 19 (2), 183-187 – https://www.vibrostation.com/uploadedfiles/research/pdfs/Bosco%20C.%20et%20al(1999).Adaptive%20responses%20of%20human%0skeletak.pdf
-The influence of whole-body vibration on jumping performance. Bosco, C. and Cardinale, M. and Tsarpela, O. and Colli, R. and Tihany, J. and von Duvillard, SP and Viru, A. (1998) Biology of Sport 15 (3), 157-164 –
-Acute changes in neuromuscular excitability after exhaustive whole body vibration exercise as compared to exhaustion by squatting exercise. Rittweger, J. and Mutschelknauss, M. and Felsenberg, D. (2003) Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging 23 (2), 81-86 –