WBV Science

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Whole Body Vibration produces many health benefits. Such as increasing regenerative hormones,  blood circulation, metabolism, bone density  and lymphatic drainage. The overall results are improved strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination, muscles & tissue healing, production of collagen and decreased cellulite. You can stand in position  or move in differen positions such as standing up right, kneeling, sitting, lying down or having your hands on the platform. Almost any exercise workout can be performed such as lifting weights, stretch bands, and stretching.

There are two basic types of (WBV) movements:

Oscillating: Oscillating (pivotal) seesaw movement is a healthier form of vibration since there is less vertical impact on the body (like jogging), reduces stress on organs, & moves the spine in a way that helps loosen it. Oscillating vibration, makes the muscles contract similar to walking. VibraTrim equipment uses the style of motion.

Linear: Linear (vertical/tri-planar) movement duplicates the body's jump reflex. Both sides of the body's muscles contract simultaneously creating a very high impact workout. Users with spine and/or joint issues could  find this muscle type contraction uncomfortable and find the oscillating motion better suited for them. Some users report  of increased headaches using this style of motion. Linear vibration are great in improving jump height, which is why it is popular with basketball & football players.

Weight Loss Study

This is a summary of a study published in Obesity Facts. The European Journal of Obesity. Vol. 3(2). 2010.
By Vissers, D., A. Verrijken, I. Mertens, C. van Gils, A. van de Sompel, S. Truijen, and L. van Gaal University of Antwerp, Belgium

Study Conclusions:

For obese people, abdominal fat (or visceral) is one of the biggest health issues. There is a strong correlation between the incidence of cardiovascular diseases and high levels of visceral fat and it is therefore a major health concern.


The study of Vissers et al. (2009) involved 79 obese adults (61 completed the study), who were randomly divided into 4 groups:
• Group 1 received a diet only program (DIET)
• Group 2 received a diet plus traditional fitness program.(FITNESS)
• Group 3 received a diet and a Whole Body Vibration machine program (WBV) 
• Group 4 made no changes to their lifestyle (CONTROL).

Each group followed the intervention for six months and then had a six month follow up. Body composition and metabolic features were measured at three, six and 12 months. One measurement performed was the determination of visceral fat tissue.

In all three study groups (DIET, FITNESS and WBV) bodyweight decreased significantly (5-10%).

In measurements taken after the 6 month follow up only the FITNESS and WBV groups managed to maintain their weight loss of 5% or more in the six month follow up period. The WBV group maintained a weight loss of over 10%.

The WBV group lost twice as much visceral fat after six months, when compared to the FITNESS and DIET groups. The decrease in visceral fat also remained at the same level in the WBV group after 12 months, while the DIET and FITNESS groups returned to their baseline values after 12 months.

Q & A's

Why did the WBV group not return to baseline values as the other groups did after 12 months?
It may be related to the hormonal changes that WBV training may cause. An animal study (Rubin et al. 2007) showed that vibration caused the adipogenesis (creation of fat cells) in mice to drop by 27%. Therefore the vibration prevented the creation of new fat cells. Research is currently being conducted to fully understand the underlying principles of these possible changes in humans.

Why did the DIET group lose more visceral (abdominal) fat than the FITNESS group?
The human body needs energy during and up to 24 hours after fitness training. This is called the 'after-burning' effect. In order to get that energy, the human body will burn the 'easy' fat tissue (the subcutaneous fat) first rather than visceral fat. The results which showed that the FITNESS group lost more body weight than the DIET group is caused by this reduction in subcutaneous fat tissue.

Why did the CONTROL group lose visceral fat tissue during the first six months and then gain visceral fat tissue over the next six months?
The CONTROL group knew they were involved in a study which would involve their weight and fat tissue being measured after the first six months. This may have caused them to eat healthier, eat smaller meals, etc. This would result in a minor decrease in visceral fat tissue. During the second six month phase of the study, the group could be aware that the others being tested were not doing any interventions, so they would feel comfortable in adopting their previous lifestyle, resulting in an increase in visceral fat tissue.


Adding Whole Body Vibration (WBV) Training to a low calorie diet can help to achieve a sustained long term weight loss and can reduce visceral adipose tissue in obese adult's more than aerobic exercise with a low calorie diet.

Also: A protein drink 15 to 20 minutes before using wbv attacks the fat and not the muscle. Awesome results.

While the use of vibration therapy and training is a still relatively new concept to most consumers, it is commonly used by Hospitals, Physical Therapists, Chiropractors, and Personal Trainers. It certainly does not suffer from lack of supportive research, and while there is obviously much research yet to be done in the area, the overwhelming consistency of findings from scientific research that currently exists on the subject is a compelling precursor to the potential applications and impact on this revolutionary method of training and treatment.

Here are examples of published science, supporting some of Whole Body Vibration technology and claims, including enhanced muscle strength, bone density, hormonal release/circulation and pain reduction. This list while being large is not exhaustive of the subject. All exercise carries with it some element of risk. To reduce the risk, everyone, particularly those over 35 or who have known back, heart or blood pressure problems or any other medical illness or problem should be cleared by a physician before beginning any exercise program.

Arthritis Reports/Studies 

Blood Circulation Studies

Bone Density Studies
Anabolism - Low mechanical signals strengthen long bones
Adaptive responses of human skeletal muscle to vibration exposure.
Effect of four-month vertical whole body vibration on performance and balance.
Estrogen and bone-muscle strength and mass relationships.
The anabolic activity of bone tissue, suppressed by disuse, is normalized by brief exposure to extremely low-magnitude mechanical stimuli.
The effect of weight-bearing exercise with low frequency, whole body vibration on lumbosacral proprioception: a pilot study on normal subjects.
Transmissibility of 15-hertz to 35-hertz vibrations to the human hip and lumbar spine: determining the physiologic feasibility of delivering low-level anabolic mechanical stimuli to skeletal regions at greatest risk of fracture because of osteoporosis.
Low-frequency vibratory exercise reduces the risk of bone fracture more than walking: a randomized controlled trial.
Whole-body vibration can reduce calciuria induced by high protein intakes and may counteract bone resorption: A preliminary study.

Fall Prevention Studies

Fibromyalgia Studies

Fitness Studies

Flexibility/Mobility/Balance Studies

Multiple Sclerosis Studies

Osteoporosis Studies
Technical Brief: Whole Body Vibration Therapy for Osteoporosis
Effect of 6-month whole body vibration training on hip density, muscle strength, and postural control in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled pilot study.
Effect of whole-body vibration exercise on lumbar bone mineral density, bone turnover, and chronic back pain in post-menopausal osteoporotic women treated with alendronate.
Low-level, high-frequency mechanical signals enhance musculoskeletal development of young women with low BMD.
Effect of 6-month whole body vibration training on hip density, muscle strength, and postural control in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled pilot study.
Low-frequency vibratory exercise reduces the risk of bone fracture more than walking: a randomized controlled trial
Whole-body vibration as potential intervention for people with low bone mineral density and osteoporosis: a review.
Vibration exercise makes your muscles and bones stronger: fact or fiction?

Pain Management Studies

Parkinson’s Disease Studies

Performance Studies
Acute & Residual Effects of Vibratory Stimulation on Explosive Strength in Elite and Amateur Athletes
Acute effects of whole-body vibration on muscle activity, strength, and power
Effect of 4-month vertical whole body vibration on performance and balance
Effect of vibration exposure on muscular performance and body balance
Effects on leg muscular performance from whole-body vibration exercise
Electromyography Activity of Vastus Lateralis Muscle During Whole-Body Vibrations of Different Frequencies
Improving strength and postural control in young skiers: whole-body vibration versus equivalent resistance training
Influence of vibration frequency amplitude and external load
Influence of vibration on mechanical power and electromyogram activity in human arm flexor muscles
Oxygen uptake in whole-body vibration exercise 
Strength increase after whole-body vibration compared with resistance training
The effects of a whole-body vibration program on muscle performance and flexibility in female athletes
Vibrations and their applications in sport
Whole-body-vibration-induced increase in leg muscle activity during different squat exercises.
Will Whole-Body Vibration Training Help Increase The Range Of Motion Of The Hamstrings?

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