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Vibration Therapy - Understanding & Insights

Scientific research and clinical studies have been conducted to examine and report on the health benefits of vibration therapy. At VIBRATION THERAPEUTIC ®, through years of our own research, experiments, and customer feedback, we have gained solid knowledge and experience on vibration therapy, based on application and testing of various whole body vibration plates.

We continue to refine our knowledge on vibration therapy theories, applications and limitations, and apply what we have learned to our product development processes. Below we share our understanding and insights on vibration therapy.

The Physical Mechanism

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Vibration therapy is a treatment method of applying external mechanical energy of vibration on the human body to achieve desired health benefits.

Vibration applied on the human body, at certain intensities, can produce these direct effects:

  1. Increase peripheral body fluids flow.
  2. Mobilize soft tissue; induce muscle contraction and relaxation.
  3. Stimulate generation of certain beneficial cells and substances.

These direct effects work together with various human body systems to achieve circulation improvement, tissue regeneration and repair, and other health benefits.

The Health Benefits

Circulation Improvement

Vibration applied on the human body can help increase peripheral blood, lymph and tissue fluid flow, and enhance the substance exchange within the tissues. This effect boosts the circulatory system's efficiency and effectiveness to deliver oxygen and nutrients to cells, and in exchange, take away metabolic wastes from the cells. This is how vibration therapy helps achieve better circulation.

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Cardio exercise enhances circulation by actively engaging the cardiovascular system to work harder, forcing the heart to beat faster and stronger, and to push the blood to flow farther. On a different approach, vibration therapy improves circulation by employing external mechanical power to force fluid to move around, inside tissues and between cells, helping the cardiovascular system work more efficiently and effectively to exchange substances. Vibration therapy can be considered a passive exercise.

More Than an Alternative

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Shoulder blade pain treatment

In some situations, vibration therapy can achieve better results than cardio exercise can. Vibration therapy can be more effective on micro level circulation improvement, especially at the locations where the cardiovascular system's power is weak, such as places remote from the heart and arteries. Vibration, with its external mechanical power, can be used to enhance capillary network's functionality in blood circulation. It is more useful when physical exercise is not available or not adequate.

Tissue injury and damaged capillary networks can reduce the cardiovascular system's circulation power at the local level. Circulation promoted by physical exercise may not be powerful enough to push through the impaired capillary network for effective tissue recovery. In such situations, vibration therapy becomes more practical. Vibration power can be introduced to a target injured tissue area to muscle enhance for elderlyachieve enhanced local circulation. Its ability in micro-circulation improvement makes vibration therapy ideal for the treatment of chronic soft tissue injury.

For people with physical weakness, vibration therapy can be a great alternative solution for circulation improvement if sufficient physical exercise is not available.

However, vibration therapy exercise is never to substitute physical exercise. The two types of exercises can be complementary to each other, and if combined, can achieve multiplied results.

Soft Tissue Mobilization

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Knee muscle and tendon treatment

Soft tissue mobilization is another major benefit of vibration therapy. By forcing muscles, ligaments and tendons to move at a fast pace, the vibration force breaks down tissue adhesion, release tissue stress, and stimulate cell repair and regeneration.

Vibration causes muscle contraction and relaxation, both voluntarily and involuntarily. Such a muscle activation effect helps in muscle stiffness release, pain reduction, and muscle strength enhancement. The fast-moving pattern and pulse of high acceleration on muscles cannot be achieved by regular physical exercise.

Many athletes use the combination of physical exercise and vibration exercise to enhance the training, which multiplies the results on muscle building and toning. They also use vibration therapy to help achieve quick recovery from sport injuries on muscles and tendons.

Elderly people use vibration exercise to compensate for reduced physical activities needed for maintaining muscular and cardiovascular functions. Vibration therapy is practical method to improve muscle strength and balance for older people.

Other Health Benefits

The benefits of vibration therapy may be well beyond circulation improvement and soft tissue mobilization. Scientific research suggests that vibration's mechanical force pattern may stimulate or increase the generation of special cells and substances (like enzymes and hormones) essential for tissue growth and repair, as well as functionality of various body systems.

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Back and neck muscle pain relief

As an example, scientists believe that high frequency, low amplitude vibration can cause the human body to produce more osteoblasts, a type of cell that can secrete the structural substance required for bone formation. This suggests vibration therapy may improve bone density and treat age related bone resorption.

Many people also use whole body vibration plates for weight management. Some achieve great weight loss. We believe the tissue movement caused by vibration does not actually "burn fat", because the movement is passive. The possible reason, as studies suggest, may be that vibration therapy exercise helps to improve metabolism. Improved metabolism enables the cells to consume more calories. Also, improved circulation helps discharge the metabolic waste more effectively, and therefore help in reducing body weight.

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Research also suggests that high frequency vibration may promote organs to produce several types of enzymes and hormones that help enhance and regulate various body systems' functionality. Besides the apparent benefits on the circulatory and muscular systems, studies have been conducted to examine vibration therapy's health benefit on digestive system, nervous system and skeletal system, and produce positive findings.

Numerous research projects have established strong correlation between vibration therapy and various areas of health improvement. The idea of using physical vibration as therapy goes back to the 19th century, but it is still a relatively new treatment technology that is being explored. More quantified research is needed to develop vibration therapy's theories and applications.

Vibration Frequency

Different vibration frequencies have different impacts on the human body. The frequency value represents the level of energy stored within the vibration. The higher the frequency, the higher the energy stored.

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Ankle pain relief

In vibration exercise, vibration energy is transferred from the vibration machine to the human body. It is important to be aware that the energy received by the human body not only related to the level of energy stored within the vibration machine, but also related to how much energy is actually transferred from the vibration machine to the human body.

When the machine’s vibration frequency equals the natural frequency of a body tissue, the body tissue responds with the highest vibration amplitude. This phenomenon is called resonance. The frequency at resonance is called resonance frequency. At resonance frequency, the energy transfer from the vibration machine to the human body is most efficient.

The natural frequencies of human organs and tissues are mostly ranged from 10Hz to 50Hz. In vibration exercise, tissue activation intensifies at resonance frequency. That is when the vibration machine’s frequency is at the same level of the organ's natural frequency.

Most vibration machines on the market are designed to work at the frequency range from 5Hz to 50Hz, variable or fixed. Vibration frequency 50Hz and below is generally considered safe for human exposure.

Intensive stimulation on certain organs may cause discomfort for some people, more often when the vibration frequency is above 30Hz. The sweet spot for one person may be a discomfort zone for another. Therefore, identifying the needs and finding the right vibration frequency is essential for anyone to make the best use of a whole body vibration machine.

There are two major types of vibration machines on the market, pivotal oscillation type and linear vibration type. Because of its designed structure, the maximum vibration frequency a pivotal oscillation machine can achieve is usually below 15Hz, while a linear vibration machine can generate much higher frequency, ranged from 15Hz to 50Hz.

Risks and Limitations

In a controlled manner, vibration therapy is considered as a safe and non-invasive treatment. However, the external mechanical force of vibration transferred to the human body may also impact organs and tissues adversely if not used properly or if used in an excessive dose. Vibration therapy is not recommended for certain health conditions.

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Please discuss vibration therapy with you physician to decide if vibration therapy is a good fit for your situation. It is generally advised that, for people with serious health problem, the use of vibration therapy should be closely directed by medical professionals or totally avoided. People with serious heart disease and pregnant women should not use vibration therapy.

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Vibration therapy should NOT be used for soft tissue injuries if there are still external or internal bleeding conditions.

Standing on a vibration plate can cause impact on knee joints, much like walking or running. For people that have a damaged knee bone or cartilage disks, impact on these un-repairable tissues should be avoided. Doing half squat posture can help reduce the impact on these hard tissues. Half squat posture help enhance muscle and tendon connected to the bones, which can ease the knee problem and improve the knee functionality.

People should not solely rely on vibration therapy for the treatment of illness and injury. We strongly suggest the use of the combination of regular exercise, diet, and vibration therapy for optimized health and fitness results.

Discussions are welcome. Please email to info@VibrationTherapeutic.com.

 

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