Vibration therapy exercises for the elderly may require some modifications, but the results can be impressive. When someone thinks of vibration exercise machines, the first thing that usually pops up in their mind are the celebrities and athletes that are using these vibration machines. However, vibration exercise equipment is used in physical therapy and rehabilitation centers across the world. One group that really finds some benefit are the elderly. Most vibration platforms come with ‘straps’ that I’m usually quite critical of. In my years of experience, I haven’t found as much effectiveness in using these straps with the fit and healthy person. However, using them with the elderly is a different story. This article goes over some of the accessories that can be used when you apply vibration exercises for the elderly.
Are you a senior or do you work with seniors? Are you looking to see how vibration therapy exercise can benefit you? There’s been a significant amount of research on the effects of vibration exercise in the elderly. However, most of the studies have involved the lower body. Most of the exercise positions have been of the lower body in direct contact with a vibration platform, although most vibration machines provide straps and / or other accessories with their platforms. That leaves the question on whether these accessories are effective or not. That depended on who you asked. However, a new study just came out that looked at the effects of straps on the upper body. The vibration therapy study done by Pedro Marin in the Journal of Electromyography and Kinesiology looked at whether vibration therapy can increase upper and lower body muscle activity in older adults. The study not only looked at the typical squat exercise, but also looked at the effects of the available straps on the arm muscles. The study demonstrated that the straps did indeed increase muscle activity in the upper arms. This showed that these straps may actually be of benefit with vibration exercises for the elderly. However, let’s take a look at the results and provide you with our experiences in using accessories for vibration therapy for seniors.
The study basically looked at using straps that are connected with the vibration machine while the person was standing on the vibration platform. We’ve experimented quite a bit with straps over the years. Our findings support the use of vibration straps for certain patient populations. However, they are not for everyone, and some people may require additional accessories and tools. The following are some of our key points when dealing with accessories:
As you can see, vibration exercise programs are critical to success. You may have a vibration platform and got a poster or video with it, but that does not go through the step by step positioning that is required to effectively use your whole body vibration platforms to achieve the best success. That’s why we’ve set up our own vibration program website. Interested in getting more detailed exercise programs? Simply click here and watch a free video tour of what you can find inside our membership site. Vibration therapy exercises for the elderly do not have to be complicated and ineffective anymore.
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.