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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
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.
Blood Circulation Studies
Bone Density Studies
Cerebral Palsy Studies
Fall Prevention Studies