Vibration machines are passive exercise machines that can be used by adults and the elderly.
First and foremost, a whole-body vibration machine vibrates and transmits energy to your body. As a result, your muscles are forced to contract and relax dozens of times each second.
First, there are the lineal vibration machines. Now, the platform, of these machines, remains horizontal. However, the entire platform moves up and down, vertically, by an amount known as the amplitude. Furthermore, a lineal vibration machine typically has a very small top to bottom amplitude ranging from 1 to 5 mm. Generally, these vertical vibrations are thought to be the most effective for generating muscle contractions most beneficial to your health.
Next, there are the pivotal vibration machines. Now, the platform, of these machines, has a center pivot point or fulcrum like in a see saw. Consequently, the left and right sides of the platform alternate going up and down while the platform’s center remains fixed. Therefore, the platform moves the body that is much like walking as your weight shifts from one leg to another.
Finally, the vibrating platform, in this case, moves in three planes or in three directions. First, it moves forward and backward. Next, it moves side to side. Finally, it moves up and down. Meanwhile, there’s generally a smaller range of motion with these oscillations than the lineal and pivotal oscillations. However, they can vibrate at a higher intensity or speed and are thus excellent machines for strengthening your muscles. In fact, according to manufacturers, the tri-planar vibration machines give your muscles more of a workout and can also increase bone density.
Now, typically the speed of a vibration machine is usually 30 vibrations per second. In fact, the human body vibrating at 30 vibrations per second assumes it’s in danger. Consequently, the body triggers a powerful “stress reflex” that causes muscles to contract. Meanwhile, the body’s “stress” reaction is the key to benefiting from whole body vibration.
Indeed, this contraction of human musculature generates a wave of physiological changes, including increased strength, better balance, stability, and improved blood flow. In addition, contracting muscles uptake glucose (or sugar) from the blood stream.
Now, research shows that whole-body vibration may provide the follow benefits.
Meanwhile, vibration machine advocates, also say that 15 minutes a day on these machines may have the following benefits.
Most of all these machines are not recommended for anyone with the following conditions.
First, a 2004 study in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research followed 90 postmenopausal women for six months. By the way, these women used the whole-body vibration machine for 30 minutes, three times a week. And, the study reported that the women showed a one percent increase in hip bone density. In addition, the women significantly increased hip bone marrow density. Furthermore, the women showed a measurable increase in isometric and dynamic muscle strength. Therefore, the study concluded that whole body vibration may be a feasible and effective way to modify risk factors for falls and fractures in older women.
Next, another study in the Journal of American Geriatric Society, reported on the effects of whole body vibrations on the elderly. Moreover, this study reported that the elderly, who couldn’t do traditional exercise, saw their knee extension strength increase. In addition, the elderly saw that whole-body vibrations improve their speed of movement.
Meanwhile, a study presented at the European Congress on Obesity compared whole body vibrations with aerobic exercise. Indeed, the study reported that the overweight or obese were successful at long term weight loss of five to ten percent. Moreover, they saw the same weight loss with either whole body vibrations or aerobic exercise.
However, long term weight loss also required them to be on a calorie restricted diet. In summary, the study reported that the overweight or the obese needed to regularly use whole body vibrations in combination with a calorie restricted diet.
Next, the overweight or obese shed more fat around their abdominal organs (the visceral adipose tissue). However, the preliminary data showed that only whole-body vibrations reduced more visceral adipose tissue than aerobic exercise. Consequently, whole body vibrations may make a meaningful addition to a weight loss programs for the obese.
Next, a review in the 2012 European Review of Aging and Physical activity, highlighted whole-body vibrations benefits to seniors. Indeed, researchers have determined that whole-body vibrations can reduce risks of falling and improve posture in seniors. Also, researchers reported whole-body vibrations can be as effective as conventional resistance training to improve lower body strength of elders. Regrettably, little is known about the effects of whole-body vibrations on flexibility and upper body strength of seniors.
Meanwhile, a 2016 Muscle, Ligaments and Tendons journal review focused on benefits of vibration therapy to the musculo-tendinous system. In fact, the review concluded that vibration therapy generates anabolic mechanical signals to bone and musculo-tendinous system. Moreover, the best results occur with vibration machines that generate high frequency, low-intensity, linear horizontal displacements.
Also, a study in BMC cancer reported vibration therapy may be useful for patients with hematological malignancies undergoing intensive chemotherapy. Moreover, the study reported that vibration therapy significantly improved balance and ability to “get up and go”.
Next, a 2018 PLOS review, of 18 studies, reported whole body vibrations are a promising intervention therapy for obese women. Indeed, evidence shows that six weeks of whole-body vibration therapy has beneficial effects. Moreover, these benefits include improved cardiac autonomic function and reduce central and peripheral arterial stiffness.
Also, ten or more weeks of whole-body vibration therapy produces:
Next, whole body vibration therapy could be used for the following:
Meanwhile, a recent article reported that whole body vibrations may be capable of de-escalating inflammation by reducing IL-17+ helper T cells and elevating Fox P3+ regulatory T cells. By the way, chronic inflammation is a major contributing factor to the initiation and progression of most metabolic and cardiovascular diseases. In addition, whole body vibrations may even reverse many symptoms of type 2 diabetes, such as frequent urination and excessive thirst.
Now, according to studies, whole-body vibration machines help the elderly in the following ways.