Vibration Plate Therapy Information
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Vibration plate therapy is a passive form of treatment that is widely used for a variety of conditions. Some of the most popular uses of whole body vibration therapy include treatment for back pains, weakened bones and muscles mass, balance, neurological disorders, stability, as well as basic overall fitness. To understand how whole body vibration therapy, or WBVT, is such an effective way to treat these various conditions, it’s important to understand how these devices work as well as the science behind them.
In WBVT, the user will lay, sit, or stand on a platform which will then vibrate rapidly. This vibration is usually performed by dual motors which allow the device’s platform to vibrate in 3 motions: horizontal, vertical, and side-to-side at a frequency that will vibrate the body anywhere from 30 to 50 times per second. These rapid vibrations place force on the muscles of the body, causing them to contract.
Because of the passive nature of vibration plate therapy, it doesn’t involve the active body engagement that activities like running, swimming, or strength training require, making it perfect for a number of therapeutic applications.During whole body vibration training, therapists might choose from two options.
The first simply uses the vibrations to stimulate tissues by having the patient sit, lay, or stand on the platform. The second method uses the vibrations from the platform coupled with the patient going through a number of movements or positions, allowing the vibrations to specifically target certain muscles of the body directly.
Vibration Therapy for Back Pain
Vibration therapy has gained increasing popularity in treating people suffering from back pain, particularly lower back pain. Lower back pain is most commonly caused by a weakening of the muscles in the lower back. This is incredibly common among people who sit in front of a desk at work for hours a day. Prolonged sitting tightens some muscles, weakens others, and creates lumbar extension in the joints, causing the pain.
Thankfully, whole body vibration therapy is a passive way to reinforce and strengthen the lower back without performing any twisting movements that might further strain already injured muscles. By gently strengthening back muscles, vibration plates can improve back health, helping users enjoy life’s more demanding daily activities. Another way that vibration therapy is able to help ease lower back
pain in through its natural ability to help the body release endorphins. Endorphins are a natural way the body eases pain and is released when exercising. The trouble for people with lower back pain is that many people are often in too much pain to perform strength training exercises on their back. But since vibration therapy is gentle and doesn’t involve twisting the back muscles, it’s an easy way to release endorphins, offering relief from back pain while actually improving the strength of the muscles.
One thing that is important to note is that, while vibration plate therapy is great for soothing strained muscles in the back and actually rebuilding their strength, it’s not advised for individuals with major back injuries or acute hernias. For individuals suffering from severe medical conditions like these, it’s necessary for a doctor to ensure that the body is fully healed. Once healed, then it might be medically recommended to use vibration therapy to strengthen the lower back muscles as a way to prevent future injury.
Vibration Therapy for Neuropathy
People suffering from peripheral neuropathy have damage to the part of their nervous system that transmits information from their body to the spinal cord and brain. Due to this, they suffer from symptoms like tingling and numbness of the hands, arms, and legs, muscle weakness, and hyper-sensitivity to touch. This condition which can be caused by injury, trauma, diabetes, infections, or autoimmune diseases can, if untreated, lead to muscle atrophy, loss of reflexes, and uncontrolled muscle contractions.
This condition often leaves individuals in too much pain to get the exercise that they need to maintain circulation and muscle strength. Luckily, vibration therapy is an easy way to ensure that people with neuropathy receive the therapeutic benefits of exercise without injuring themselves. Exercise allows blood to flow throughout the body, including the extremities where neuropathy occurs.
For people with diabetes who can’t exercise, vibration plate therapy can offer the muscle and circulatory stimulation needed thanks to its biomechanical oscillation. When a person stands on a vibration platform, their musculoskeletal system receives signals to elicit contractions in their muscles similar to ones someone would receive when performing aerobic or weight-training exercises. Due to this, vibration plate therapy offers similar benefits to traditional exercising to patients with neuropathy.
Some of these benefits include increased blood circulation thanks to the repeated contraction of the muscles, enhanced toning of the skeletal muscles, and improved nerve firings that reduce neuropathy pain, improved oxygen-rich blood supply to damaged muscles, and improved bone density and resilience. These benefits are incredibly useful for people suffering from neuropathy. Vibration plate therapy won’t only boost the individual’s overall health, but it can also reduce the severity of symptoms associated with neuropathy.
Vibration Physical Therapy
Individuals who are receiving traditional physical therapy due to injury or a recent surgery are undergoing this therapy in order to strengthen musculoskeletal health that was damaged by injuries to the surrounding joints, muscles, or tissues. The role of the therapist is to provide intentional manipulations of the affected areas in order to provide a better range of motion, increased muscle strength, and a faster recovery period. Luckily, vibration plate therapy can help people achieve these goals even sooner.
While performing basic physical therapy movements alone is great, when they are performed on a vibration platform, the body enjoys the added benefits of biomechanical oscillations which provide added stimulation to their muscles, tissues, and bones. This vibration caused the muscles to contract rapidly in response to the vibrations, providing benefits similar to physical exercise without the strain and damage conventional exercises can cause.
Many physical therapists recognize these benefits and direct their patients to spend up to 20 minutes a day on a vibration platform. This provides a pain-free alternative to conventional exercise that can strengthen muscles, increased flexibility, and improve bone density, speeding up the physical rehabilitation process.
While traditionally thought of as a great way to supplement traditional exercise, vibration plate therapy is also incredibly effective in various forms of therapy. Many people are unable to perform traditional strength training or aerobic exercises, but whole body vibration therapy allows their muscles and circulatory system to receive stimulation similar to conventional exercise.
This means that people using vibration therapy for a variety of conditions can improve muscle and bone strength, boost circulation, and stimulate faster healing without putting their bodies under unnecessary strain.