Whole Body Vibration is a type of therapy in which mechanical vibrations are transmitted through the entire body, as opposed to just specific areas. Typically applied by a whole body vibration platform machine, WBV is used for training, exercise, and recovery purposes by professional athletes, therapists, celebrities, trainers, and doctors all over the world.
Sometimes referred to as "acceleration training", whole body vibration works the body by triggering muscle contractions at a higher rate than possible during normal exercise. Using mechanical stimulation to generate acceleration forces, whole body vibration causes muscles to subconsciously contract and lengthen. Due to the subconscious contraction, many more muscle groups are activated through the use of whole body vibration than by voluntary movements performed during normal exercise.
Whole Body Vibration is a low-impact type of exercise, so it can be done by those who suffer from joint pain or are recovering from injuries. Shaquille O'Neal used a whole body vibration machine to recover from knee surgery during the 2002-2003 NBA season. The high intensity vibrations from the whole body vibration machine helped to strengthen the muscles around his knee without aggravating the injury. Whole body vibration machines such as the Medvibe NitroFit and the Vibratone have been widely used by professional sports teams to quicken the healing process of injured players and strengthen parts of the body that have frequently given them problems.
In addition to athletes, whole body vibration machines are used by therapists to help their elderly patients regain lost mobility or maintain fitness. Whole body vibration has been shown to increase flexibility, range of motion, and bone density, which encourages mobility. It also helps build strength in lower extremities which can help prevent falls.
Whole body vibration is a unique and effective form of low impact exercise that offers a wide range of benefits without the need for extremely long workout sessions. With the assortment of available whole body vibration platform machines available, it is now easier and more affordable to make whole body vibration a part of yours and your patients' exercise and therapy programs.