Whole-body vibration (WBV) is a therapeutic method that allows the full body to experience mechanical oscillations while you stand or sit on a vibrating platform.
Whole-body vibration is commonly used in physical medicine and neuro-rehabilitation as a clinical prevention and rehabilitation tool. The goal of this systematic review is to assess the long-term effects of whole-body vibration training.
Whole-body vibration can offer some fitness and health benefits by doing specific exercise or movements on the platform.
- Stronger muscles
- Performing dynamic strength exercises while on the platform will make the most of your vibration on the machine’s platform. The variation applied in different angles enhances the performance of the exercise by activating more muscle fibres. This leads to muscle growth and an increase in the muscle density.
- Increased bone mass
- Vibration training increases bone mineral density and leg strength. Stronger bones are beneficial to your overall strength and can help you avoid diseases like osteoporosis. This makes vibration training especially useful for older people.
- Increased blood flow
- As muscles repeatedly contract and relax, the blood circulation in your body increases. Increasing blood flow makes sure that the muscles are oxygenated, which speeds up the recovery process and rejuvenates the body.
- Increased flexibility
- When performing exercises on the vibration plate, your core and hip flexors are engaged to stabilize your body and it makes your body work harder. The muscles around the joints grow stronger and you’ll notice that the balance, coordination, posture, and flexibility have improved.
- Stimulate lymphatic system
- Lymphatic fluid does not use the heart as a pump, it depends upon the movement of the skeletal muscles and joints. The Whole Body Vibration exercise can be used for improving the drainage of lymph and supporting the removal of excess water and debris from the body.
- Decrease in cortisol levels
- Vibration training can decrease the production of cortisol while maximizing muscle stimulation and boosting the production of growth hormone. Whole body vibration exercises can reduce the production of cortisol and increase the release of human growth hormone.
Whole body vibration appears to be a promising tool for the management of certain types of chronic pain, physical functioning and mobility, bone strength, and balance.