Though relatively old, this form of light exercise has not been extensively researched. But we’ve made an essential guide to whole-body vibration– what it is, how it works, and its benefits! Keep reading this article to know more!
What Is Whole Body Vibration?
Whole Body Vibrations, or WBV, is a low-impact activity used to increase strength, flexibility, and metabolism while rejuvenating your body. This therapy stimulates your muscles to contract and relax in sync with the vibrations. It is a passive exercise that gained popularity in the 1990s and requires one to stand on a vibrating platform set at a specific frequency and amplitude.
There are different types of vibration machines available; some produce vertical vibrations while others generate vibrations in all directions. Up and down vibrations are the most effective for causing rapid muscle contractions.
Since the body quickly gets accustomed to these systematic and repeated vibrations, many researchers have called whole-body vibration therapy a light neuromuscular resistance training technique.
How Does Whole Body Vibration Work?
Whole-body vibration therapy subjects your entire body to vibrations when a person stands, sits, or lies down on a machine attached to a vibrating platform. During the process, the therapist may advise you to hold certain positions like a half-squat, bent knees, or maintain a relaxed stance.
These vibrations will be transmitted throughout your entire body and stimulate your muscles to contract and relax. Some vibration types may also stimulate your body to produce more osteoblasts (bone-forming cells).
The type, direction, and intensity of vibrations you need to undergo depend on your condition and the expected result. These factors also determine how well the therapy works.
Benefits of Whole Body Vibration
Here are some of the health benefits of whole body vibration:
- Boosts immunity
- Lowers cortisol levels
- Improves bone density
- Increases flexibility and muscle strength
- Promotes weight loss
- Reduces blood pressure levels
Risks or Side Effects of Whole-Body Vibrations
Research to understand the benefits of whole-body vibrations is still underway. If you are keen to try this therapy, you must also be aware of the risks and side effects that could occur following the procedure.
If you have any of the following conditions, whole body vibrations may not be the best choice for you.
- People who are on blood thinners
- If you have advanced-stage diabetes
- Have cardiac conditions
- Are pregnant
If you are excited to experience the health benefits of whole-body vibration therapy, make sure you consult a professional soon. Our experienced team at Hands-on Health Care & Chiropractic can help you better understand the benefits of whole body vibration therapy. Head over to our website to book an appointment. Call us at +1 727-937-6740 if you have any questions.