In the last article, we looked at the first 5 questions of the top 10 questions people ask about vibration exercise machines. In this article, we’ll look at numbers 6 to 10. We’ve also provided links to other articles that go into greater detail about each question so you have a good reference to go to for more information. Is there a question you have that isn’t on this list? Simply send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be more than happy to post the answer back to you.
What Are Your Vibration Exercise Goals?
Most people that want to buy or use vibration exercise machines do so for one of several reasons. They either are attracted to the fact that it takes less time to exercise, that it’s easier to use than regular training, with almost an effortless workout program, or that it’s been shown to be effective for fitness and weight loss. Whatever your reason, realize that although vibration training is easier to use, takes less time and puts less stress on the body, the time it takes to see results will vary. First, what are the results you are looking to achieve? If it’s to ‘feel better’, that can take 2 minutes after you use the technology. Circulation increases significantly a few minutes after using a vibration platform. You get over 3000 muscle contractions per minute. That works on getting the muscles moving around the joints. Most people tend to describe that they feel better after a few minutes. Their joints are moving more easily. Their blood flow has increased. What if your goals are to get fit and look toned? That answer depends on how long it takes to see results from regular training. The thing is, it takes the body a week or two to start feeling good. You’ll notice your muscles may get sore initially. After a week or so, you’ll start feeling more flexible and stronger. However, to start seeing a ‘six pack’ of abs or seeing tone, that may take up to 9 weeks to see a difference. That’s not us making a number up. That’s the result of studies done to see how long it takes to ‘visibly’ see a difference from your workouts. Your muscles take time to react to the positive stresses being placed on it by exercise.
This question is mostly from therapy centers that treat children, parents that see the importance of exercise for their children, the elderly, or from facilities that cater to the elderly. There really is no age limit for vibration exercise machines as there is no age limit for any form of exercise. Years ago, it was a general consensus that our muscles wasted away as we aged. However, recent research is showing that we can maintain our muscle strength and size as we age, and that we can actually reverse the wasting of muscles simply by beginning an exercise program, no matter what our age! If you are on the older age scale, you can still use vibration exercise machines. However, if you are not being supervised and using the device at home, make sure that you have the right direction from articles, exercise programs and videos. It’s important that you understand the right way to do your exercises. Our membership area provides countless programs for those that may not have experience with any form of exercise. We provide comprehensive programs for different health conditions, and also outline the dos and don’ts of vibration training.
For the younger age group, again there is no age limit. However, we often recommend that anyone under the age of 12 consult their pediatrician or physician prior to starting any exercise program. The reason is that these are the guidelines from the American Pediatric Association. That doesn’t mean you can’t use whole body vibration machines if you are under 12. There are many kids with various health conditions that see successful results from vibration therapy. Weight training used to be discouraged to those under 12. Now more and more kids are doing some form of weight training. Although you should start with body weight exercises, the importance of these type of exercises cannot be understated. That’s why vibration exercise, which also uses body weight to create muscle contractions, can be effective for this age group.
Although there are many benefits to vibration training, there are some that may not be able to do it. These are called ‘contraindications’. However, we like to call them ‘precautions’. If you have any of these conditions, consult your physician or get advice from your health professional. Here is a short summary of the contraindications:
People who CANT use vibration exercise: Those with a pacemaker, someone that is pregnant, or has active cancer.
People who CAN use vibration but with approval from their health professional: Acute low back pain, acute inflammation, hip or knee replacement, diabetes, epilepsy, blurred vision, serious cardiovascular disease, acute thrombosis, non healing ulcers, recent infections, recently placed IUD’s
This question will depend on who you ask. Some believe cellulite is a figment of the imagination and doesn’t exist. Just ask most women and they will tell you otherwise! The answer to the question is yes, vibration exercise machines can help with cellulite. First, there was a research conducted in Europe on the use of vertical vibration for cellulite. Interestingly, there was an approximately 26 percent reduction in cellulite from using vibration training 3 times per week. When you added jogging 40 minutes a day, three times a week, the results only increased by about 6 percent. This shows us that the results are mostly coming from the vibration training. The results are not obtained by simply just standing on a platform. The results are from doing various large body exercises, in addition to getting deep massage exercises on the platforms. The muscles from vibration exercise machines are contracted at a high rate, and the ‘involuntary’ contractions allow for more muscles to get the exercise effect. This leads to the so called ‘tightening effect’ that most women want.
Osteoporosis is one of the biggest conditions that is getting attention with respect to the benefits of whole body vibration exercises. Research is consistently showing an increase in bone density through vibration exercise machines. This isn’t something magical. You see, exercise is shown to be highly effective for those with osteoporosis. However, it’s the ‘type’ of exercise you do that will depend on your success. More often than not, women and men with risk of osteoporosis are being told to start a walking program, although research shows that walking does NOT increase bone density. The exercises that will show results are those that involve a high amount of muscle contractions, and exercises that provide a sufficient amount of stimulus to the bones. This is called ‘Wollfe’s Law’. The law states that any stresses to the bones leads to a reaction for the bones to form new bone. Vibration exercise is similar to weight training. You get a high contraction of muscles in addition to impact on the heels from the vibration stimulus. This leads to gentle and safe impact on the bones, leading to an increase in bone density.
We hope you’ve enjoyed the article. If there are any questions that you have that weren’t covered here, simply email us at email@example.com or submit it in the comments section. Although there are many more questions, these are the top 10 questions people ask about vibration exercise machines.
Dr. Jasper Sidhu has been using vibration platforms for over 10 years in rehabilitation, sports, fitness and weight loss settings. In addition to hands on treatment of patients and clients in these settings, he has lectured at various universities and medical association meetings on the application of vibration training.