Physical Therapy Treatment
build stabilization muscles
- gait training
- range of motion
- functional movements
- improve balance
- ankle rehab
- acl rehab
- increase flexibility
- closed chain exercises
- work in 3 planes of movement
- warm-up tool
- upper/lower extremity issues
- trunk issues
- weight bearing exercise
- reduces inflammation
People undergoing traditional physical therapy have usually experienced a recent accident, surgery or diagnosis. Physical therapy can improve musculoskeletal health compromised by joint, muscle and tissue damage. Through deliberate manipulations of the extremities, neck and back, physical therapists can provide a better range of motion, improved muscle strength and a quicker recovery.
When you add a Whole Body Vibration (WBV) platform into your physical therapy program, your body receives the additional benefits of vibratory frequencies that stimulate activity within muscle and bone cells. Sometimes referred to as tonic vibratory reflex, this stimulation of the muscle causes a stretch-reflex-contraction response that promotes the same benefits that physical exercise exerts on the body. In fact, a physical therapy vibration machine may even induce positive changes to your musculoskeletal system similar to those experienced from strength training.
THE SCIENCE BEHIND PHYSICAL THERAPY VIBRATION
Specialized tissues make up your skeletal muscles. These tissues change how they function in response to different kinds and rates of stimuli. Most physical therapy exercise is intended to improve muscle strength by increasing the gravitational load on muscles.
Physical therapy vibration platforms, on the other hand, impose hypergravity activity within muscles by using higher accelerations (vibrations). Whole Body Vibration produces short, quick alterations in tendon-muscle complexes, which stimulates muscle spindles and nerve cells. In turn, your muscles have a reflex reaction as they try to dampen vibratory waves.
In addition to empirical results of physical vibration therapy, electromyography (EMG) tests have conclusively supported the ability of Whole Body Vibration therapy to enhance physical therapy programs by improving:
- Flexibility, strength and endurance
- Bone density profiles
- Hormone profiles, including serotonin and human growth hormone
- Cardiovascular and circulatory measures
- Coordination, balance, gait and posture
However, if you’re pregnant, have acute thrombosis, have undergone recent arthroplasties or have bone tumors, you shouldn’t add Whole Body Vibration to your physical therapy routine.
IMPROVING BONE DENSITY WITH PHYSICAL VIBRATION THERAPY
If you have decreased bone density, you may be taking bisphosphonates to treat osteoporosis. Unfortunately, bisphosphonates produce unwanted side effects such as esophageal irritation, gastrointestinal problems and even renal toxicity. Whole Body Vibration therapy may be the viable alternative you have been looking for. It can help you increase bone density without taking strong medications or struggling to do rigorous exercises.
As with muscle cells, your bones and bone cells react to vibratory frequencies by being stimulated, or passively “exercised.” Vibration can delay stem cell growth, which means more stem cells develop into healthy bone cells instead of simply making more stem cells.
FOR PHYSICAL THERAPISTS OR THOSE IN PHYSICAL THERAPY
VibePlate’s physical therapy vibration machine reproduces vertical vibration. If you’re using the machine, you can progress through a series of functionally supportive movements. With variable speeds from 10 to 60 Hz, the VibePlate comes in different sizes to accommodate your unique rehabilitation and physical therapy needs. In addition to improving muscle and bone health, VibePlate also decreases joint pain, encourages lymph drainage and develops coordination to help reduce the risk of falling.
Read more about our cutting-edge vibration platform machine by visiting our FAQ page or calling 866.858.9481.
“More results in half the time. Increase muscle strength twice as fast. Cut recovery time in half. These claims sound to good to be true. But when it comes to Whole Body Vibration (WBV), more strength, more speed, rapid recovery,increased flexibility and coordination are all possible. By standing on the VibePlate, your body automatically adjusts to the vibrations and produces a stretch reflex, causing the repeated contraction of postural and stabilization muscles up to3600 times per minute.”
JC Kovolyan, MSPT, APTA, Bristol County Physical Therapy, Rhode Island