Top 10 questions about vibration exercise machines: Part 2

Questions about vibration exercise machinesIn 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 and we’ll be more than happy to post the answer back to you.

How long does it take to see results from vibration exercise machines?

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.

What is the age limit for vibration exercise machines?

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.

Is there anyone that can’t use vibration exercise machines?

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

Do vibration exercise machines help with cellulite?

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.

How do vibration exercise machines help with osteoporosis?

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 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.

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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kaki steves says December 2, 2013

can a person with breast implants use the WBV without problems. or, could problems happen and if so what? thanks for the answer. k

    Dr. Jasper Sidhu says December 3, 2013

    that shouldn’t be a problem. You just need to follow your physician’s recommendations on when you are able to start your exercise program. The recommendations for vibration are similar to starting strength training. Remember, vibration is just exercise.

kaki steves says December 4, 2013

thanks for your answer. And now I at least wish that you would take my name off the question. I really do. thanks, k

ps. I really don’t think my doctor would know much about the machine if I asked him about it.

Tony says March 7, 2016

Hi I would like to know if my girlfriend can use a vibrational plate. The reason I’m asking is two years ago she had Breast cancer. She had her breast removed and reconstructed with a silicon implant. and a Lymph node removed from under her arm. think of buying her a Vibrator plate for fitness reasons. Because she has had this operation / can she use the plates. Thanks Tony

    Dr. Jasper Sidhu says March 9, 2016

    hi Tony

    if your girlfriend has been cleared to continue exercise and has been cleared by her physician with respect to the cancer, there shouldn’t be an issue.

    Cancer is often used as a contraindication to use vibration. This stems more from the fact that you don’t want to generate any activity that increases blood flow while the person
    is undergoing treatment. Also, cancer survivors are often tired from their treatments and any form of exercise at that time may weaken them more.

    It really comes down to whether her physician has cleared her to begin any exercise program. hope that helps!

Wanda Martell says December 31, 2016

I have a spinal cord implant stimulator, can I use a vibrating plat form?

    Dr. Jasper Sidhu says January 5, 2017

    hi Wanda, thank you for the question. Most likely not. With a spinal cord implant stimulator, the decision rests with your specialist or physician, as long as they understand what vibration is and what it does. For example, pacemakers are usually a contraindication for vibration, but I’ve worked with several cardiologists that approved of my patient using vibration, since it’s a mechanical exercise, and carries no electrical impulses. There were other times that the cardiologist recommended against using vibration. It’s a case by case basis.

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