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Falls are the #1 cause of death and injury for people over 55. Vibration Therapy causes 1000s of contractions and relaxations that accelerate healing in all the bones, muscles, soft tissues, and joints in your feet, knees, legs, hips, and low back. This makes you radically less likely to fall!
Whole-body vibration therapy is used to help strengthen muscles, improve athletic performance and reduce body fat. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), there is some evidence that whole-body vibration therapy sessions of at least 20 minutes twice weekly may lead to an increase in muscle strength after 10 weeks. Research published in the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research found that standing on a vibration platform for six months while following a weight training workout routine can reduce body fat by approximately 1 percent, lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve sleep duration and quality, increase energy levels, curb stress and boost metabolism.
Whole-body vibration therapy has also been suggested to benefit people with osteoporosis, chronic back pain, and Parkinson’s disease.
The idea of using vibration for health benefits dates back to ancient Greece, but the concept of whole-body vibration transitioned from an unproven concept to serious science when the Russian space program used it to simulate the weight of gravity for astronauts who would otherwise lose muscle tissue and bone density.
Vibrating platforms emit low-frequency vibrations, usually between 20 and 50 hertz, which are transmitted through the body. Whole-body vibration therapy is typically used to promote bone health, increase muscle mass or reduce stress. Some people claim that whole-body vibration therapy may also be useful for weight loss, increasing metabolism, and improving circulation.
Whole-body vibration therapy can help:
- Increase bone density
- Increase muscle mass
- Improve circulation
- Reduce joint pain
- Reduce back pain
- Alleviate stress
- Boost metabolism
- Improve coordination
- Increase lymphatic drainage
Benefits of Vibration Therapy
Increased bone density: As we age, our bones tend to lose calcium over time, decreasing their thickness and making them more fragile.
Increased muscle mass: The vibration during a workout causes microscopic tears in the muscles. These tears, when healed, help rebuild bigger and stronger muscles. Bulky muscles support bone health by acting as a frame with which to support weight more easily and with less pain than underweight bones.
Improved circulation: A short session of vibration therapy can improve blood flow and mobilize fluid buildup in soft tissues such as connective tissue and tendon sheaths by stimulating movement of these fluids through osmotic pressure.
Reduced joint pain: Vibration therapy benefits people suffering from osteoarthritis and other degenerative joint diseases because it reduces inflammation and strengthens muscle surrounding the joints, providing support for moving parts without discomfort or strain on the joints. Additionally, vibration therapy benefits people suffering from other types of arthritis and pain by increasing blood flow to affected joints and soft tissues.
Reduced back pain: Reduced back pain and increased muscle strength can be achieved through use of a vibration platform, as it strengthens the surrounding muscles surrounding the vertebrae and reduces stress on the spine itself. Additionally, using vibrations for just 30 minutes per day can help decrease chronic back pain , sometimes as effectively as medication.
Boost metabolism: The benefits of vibration treatment have been shown to boost basal metabolic rate for an extended period after a session. This is helpful because BMR accounts for 60-75% of your daily calories burned.
Improved coordination: Via regular use, vibration treatments can improve balance, posture, and coordination by stimulating proprioceptors in major joints throughout the body.
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Vibration Therapy treatments have been shown to be a highly effective way to combat the effects of aging. In addition, recent studies have shown that vibration therapy can have an anti-depressant effect when scheduled regularly. If you are interested in vibration therapy for your Atlanta Integrative Wellness treatment plan, contact our office today!