Whole-body vibration therapy is a therapy that uses a vibrating machine, often a vibration platform, to create a repetitive or vertical motion around a central point. For most people, vibration machines produce a minuscule movement as you perform static poses like stretching or dynamic exercises.
Vibrations generated by the machine are transferred to you, and your body naturally reacts in order to keep you stable, working out muscles and joints in an automatic fashion. It is always recommended that you use a proper machine from a well-known brand because the success of whole-body vibration exercise depends on the direction and intensity of the vibrations.
Adding vibration to your workout or therapy provides big benefits, because our muscle fibers and motor nerves respond more to vibrations than the deliberate muscle contractions that occur as you work out. Vibration platform machines allow people to experience both types of muscle exercises at once, helping to strengthen muscles and improve cardiovascular health.
Localized vibration can stimulate improvements in selected, small muscle groups. Generally, verticals vibrations are thought to be the most effective for generating the muscle contractions most beneficial to your health.
There are many different benefits of vibration therapy, and we’ll review just a few. Like any therapy, it is always a good idea to discuss it as a treatment with a doctor. If you want to include a vibration therapy machine in your current workout, we recommend a vibration platform because it adds stability and will help prevent any movement concerns. Be sure to pick the VibePlate platform that includes the safety features you’ll need to be safe as you get fit.
General Health Benefits
Using a whole-body vibration machine as part of a comprehensive therapy regimen has been tied to a broad set of health benefits, backed by both research and stories from VibePlate customers.
Studies have even found that whole-body vibration exercises can increase bone density and promote neuromuscular adaptation — essentially the strengthening of muscle due to exercise — in some groups and situations.
Using a vibration therapy machine has been linked to benefits in some of the most important health aspects of our lives. It’s also used by professional athletes, physical therapists, trainers and rehabilitation centers and in military training. NASA is even testing vibration therapy as a way to help astronauts maintain bone density while they’re in space.
Just a few of the benefits researchers and vibration plate users have reported include:
- Losing weight and keeping off small amounts
- Decreasing your stress
- Improving circulation
- Increasing flexibility and better balance
- Developing stronger bones
- Having healthier-looking skin
- Feeling joint and back pain relief
- Experiencing relief from disease pain and motor function impairments
You can even expect a few added benefits that are hard for science to measure. Many of our clients report feeling a warm, tingling sensation in their skin as they use a vibrating plate. This is due to vasodilation of the blood vessels, and it’s very pleasant. Recovery from workout and strains is a more positive experience, which can help you maintain a better attitude about exercise — helping it become a long-term habit.