Vibration Machine Reviews
Vibro plate, vibration machine, vibration platform, exercise platform, vibration plate, call it what you like it all boils down to the same machine – a vibrating machine that makes your whole body vibrate when standing on it. These systems work by having a plate that is driven by a motor (typically 250W-2500W) to rapidly move up and down several millimeters (=amplitude) around 30 to 50 times per second (=frequency range measured by herz). The principle is that when muscle is being shaken they activate neighboring muscle fibers and build up muscle faster. However, this type of training is not only effective at building muscle mass, it may help build bone mass too.
It is thought that the vibrations prompt movement of the cell nucleus (brain of the cell), which may stimulate the release of osteoblasts (bone is a dynamic tissue that is constantly being reshaped by osteoblasts, the bone building cells).
Vibration training has been studied to prove an increase of muscle strength and mass in older women , and it seems a perfect solution for the less able to exercise conventionally as the machine does most of the work for you, is low impact and gentle.
The vibro plate is not a new invention as it was first introduced in the 1960s as part of an exercise routine for the astronauts. Recently it has become available for home use due to technology advances and price drops secondary to that.
Benefits of vibrations
Your entire body musculature, as well as your internal organs and glands, are affected by vibration training. Your muscle spindles fire secondary to the mechanical stimulation produced by the vibrating plate, and this rapid firing of the muscle spindle causes a neuromuscular response that leads to physiological changes in your brain as well as your entire body. Traumas and injuries tend to to leave cellular memories in your brain or body tissue (think of leaning over your PC for months and as a result getting a pain in your neck, back or a headache). These memories can hinder normal body movement or posture even after the pain has gone. Using vibration training allows your body and brain rapidly de-imprint these old cell traumas, re-imprinting with positive, healthy information.
This allows for better and more efficient rehabilitation of injuries from sports or surgery than traditional methods of therapy. Since vibration training incurs very little stress to your joints, tendons and ligaments, as you only need to stand or perform slow movements on the platform, it can be a very good therapy regimen if you have suffered injuries, if you are elderly, or if you have disease conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis, which would normally limit your fitness program. Let it be added that if you suffer from panick attacks and are unable to go outside, vibration training could be useful to start your journey back to optimum health in conjunction with other therapies.
Is the vibration machine for you?
Vibration training is not for those who are looking for a quick fix for being very overweight. It may help you to lose weight too as part of a complete diet and exercise regimen however, for people who are unable to exercise, or even if you simply want to add another training tool to your fitness regimen, vibration training platforms can be useful.
There is a body of evidence that vibration training improves various aspects in our health:
- Pain reduction especially back pain
- Bone density improvement
- Increased circulation
- Increased flexibility and mobility
- Enhanced bone and muscle building
- Increased secretion of serotonin and noradrenalin
- Increased HGH (human growth hormone) secretion
- Increased lymphatic drainage (excess fluid in our bodies)
- Decreased cortisol levels (stress hormone)