No one likes to see cellulite, and it can even be unhealthy for us as we age. Many machines claim whole-body vibration therapy will instantly remove all of your cellulite, and we really wish that were true. Unfortunately, vibration therapy plays a small role in cellulite reduction that is common with other benefits such as losing weight or strengthening muscles.
Vibration therapy itself doesn’t target cellulite, but it does help strengthen and model the fibers in that part of the collagen on your legs. Improvement in this tissue is one reason that massages — and vibration massages in particular — have been used and recommended for cellulite removal.
Vibration massage and therapy can also improve the appearance of your skin by targeting the fluid that rests in our subcutaneous tissue. This fluid often accumulates in collagen pockets, and that creates a dimpling effect that has a similar appearance to cellulite. Vibration removes this fluid and can make your skin look smoother and feel better.
Vibration therapy has a short-term effect on cellulite and its appearance, but it can help create a positive body image and increase your drive to workout. When you feel better, you feel more inclined to work out, and that exercise leads to you feeling even better.
Exercise is used to treat a wide range of physical and mental health conditions, even depression, so we’re inclined to promote whole-body vibration therapy and many other safe techniques that help you stay healthy and make you want to get fit.
Learning to Make Vibration Helpful
Many people may think of vibration exercise as something silly from the 1950s, where people stood around while a belt shook their middle. You might even be worried about vibration because it can be troubling when operating heavy machines.
Modern vibration platform machines avoid the shaking of the past and dangerous levels of trucks and jackhammers by producing low-level vibrations that are shown to create a therapeutic atmosphere. Vibration plates in platforms vibrate at 10 Hz to 60 Hz so your muscles are worked as you maintain body position.
The danger of this other, heavy equipment is that it moves your body for you. Vibration platforms encourage your body and muscles to do all of the moving, with gentle toning, and that’s why they’re becoming useful medical tools.