Is Whole Body Vibration exercise safe?

Asking whether whole body vibration exercise training is safe or not is THE $64,000 question. I get asked this all the time, from consumers to health professionals. The answer you’re going to get outside of our website will largely depend on who you talk to. What I find disappointing is the misinformation given by vibration manufacturers themselves. There may be whole body vibration exercise machines in the market that are simply too intense for some users. There’s just as many that really don’t have any power to actually do anything. These are low cost ‘massagers’ disguised as whole body vibration. Instead of writing about these companies and personally attacking them, lets just discuss the answer to the main question: Is whole body vibration exercise safe?

Is the concept of whole body vibration exercise safe?

Yes, whole body vibration training platforms are safe. The question really comes down to HOW you use vibration exercise. I always reference pilates, yoga and weight training to provide similarities. Have you lately seen how popular Yoga and Pilates have become? Many studios have opened up and classes are offered in fitness club all over the world. Yoga and Pilates have shown to help a lot of people and there are success stories that I’ve personally seen that brings a tear to my eye. People in chronic pain have all of a sudden got their life back. When this happens, you know you have a good thing. Weight training is also getting more popular and rehabilitation services incorporate it into their programs. Weight training is great for everyone, regardless of age.

An exercise program is only as safe as the guidance and training that goes behind it

You may say to yourself ‘yeah, I know Yoga, Pilates, and weight training are effective.’ But what if I asked the same question on if you feel that it is safe? Did you know that there is an increase in injuries from Yoga over the past several years? Did you know doctors are seeing more injuries from it? Does that mean Yoga is not safe? Not at all. It goes back to the real answer to any physical activity: safety of any physical activity is dependent on having the right training and information available to ensure you do each exercise in a safe manner. That’s the bottom line. If any of these exercise activities are used incorrectly, there is a greater chance of harm. If you are looking to begin whole body vibration training, it’s imperative that you are comfortable with the after sales support you are going to be getting. Whole body vibration training, exercise or therapy is not about simply standing on a machine. It does require a certain amount of education to do it right, just as it requires similar education to learn how to use weights, Pilates or Yoga. If you get the right guidance and support, you won’t be having any issues with whether whole body vibration exercise is safe or not.

About the Author Dr. Jasper Sidhu

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.  

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