Whole body vibration (WBV) therapy has become popular recently, in the athletic community and in Chiropractic offices. But why? What can WBV do for you?
First off… What is WBV? WBV units are platforms, as seen in the picture below, that you stand on. The platform oscillates up and down one side at a time, causing your body to vibrate. These machines will vibrate between 20-100 Hz (Hertz is a unit of frequency or # of vibrations per second).
So why vibrate your body? Well… when a muscle is isometrically (contracted without changing length) loaded, 40% of the muscle is being contracted at once. When those fibers start to fatigue, the body utilizes a different 40% of muscle fibers, in order to reduce fatiguability. When vibration is added to isometric contractions, the Tonic Vibration Reflex is initiated. This reflex causes a sustained contraction of the whole muscle by engaging the muscle spindles and golgi tendon organs. Ultimately, the whole muscle is rapidly fatigued, and you have had a workout!
The vibration increases local circulation and lymphatic drainage. This helps to accelerate tissue repair! Studies have even shown a decrease in blood inflammatory markers after utilizing WBV post-workout, which can help decrease delayed onset muscle soreness, felt after a heavy workout. Draining blocked lymph ducts can also help to reduce the appearance of cellulite, which accumulates as toxins deposit in the fat tissue in the surrounding areas.
Basically you can’t lose by jumping on this great machine! Perform squats, one-legged exercises, push-ups, or just stand. There are many benefits!