Vibration Therapy, or Whole Body Vibration Therapy (WBVT) is a passive exercise modality that has yielded amazing results for those who are looking to improve muscle strength and flexibility, boost weight loss, reduce the negative effects of stress, reduce back pain, increase bone density, improve balance and coordination and increase oxygen flow to the body.
ReGen Medical Dallas utilizes Whole Body Vibration Therapy in a way that promotes self-healing within your body. There is no diagnosis required to be eligible for WBVT – it can be used proactively to maintain optimal health.
However, we do understand that, oftentimes, the motivation to seek out new health solutions comes about only after experiencing an issue. If you are dealing with any of the following health conditions and would benefit from some extra help, WBVT might be right for you.
Fun fact: Enhancing bone density for astronauts in space was actually the original purpose of WBVT. Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” Those who struggle with the disease know that it causes the bones to become weak, brittle and easily fractured. Studies show that one in two women and up to one in four men age 50 or older will break a bone as a result of osteoporosis.
WBVT involves a vibrating platform that the patient uses to complete exercises. The platform’s vibrations cause all the muscles in the area to engage, which makes it more efficient than traditional exercising. In both animal studies and human studies conducted using WBVT, the vibration increased bone-building activity within the bone tissue, improved muscle and bone circulation and increased the supply of nutrients necessary for building strong bones.
Sarcopenia is a condition in which you start to lose skeletal muscle mass and function. Neuromuscular changes also occur with sarcopenia and result in symptoms like loss of grip and leg extensor strength. This process begins naturally once you turn 30, so the condition is often associated with age, but anyone can develop symptoms of sarcopenia. These symptoms and signs include weakness and loss of stamina, reduction in the brain’s ability to signal muscle movement, reduced concentration of vital hormones and inability to process protein efficiently.
Because many of these signs occur primarily within the body, a doctor is typically needed to confirm the presence of low muscle quantity or quality and make a sarcopenia diagnosis. Maybe you have not been diagnosed with sarcopenia, but feel that your muscle strength and neuromuscular function could use some improvement. The WBVT technology at ReGen Medical Dallas is equipped to do just that.
It works by increasing the peripheral circulation that supplies damaged nerves with oxygen and glucose, while activating the damaged nerves to prompt repair. This will promote neuromuscular “re-education,” or the restoration of normal function of nerves and muscles, so you can get one step closer to feeling like your best self again.
Obesity, High BMI and Diabetes
If you struggle with obesity, you are not alone. In fact, the nation’s obesity rate is approaching 40%. For those who have obesity or a high BMI, we know that the condition is not only uncomfortable, but brings other health conditions with it, like diabetes.
Meghan E. McGee-Lawrence from Augusta University in Georgia led a study that investigated the effectiveness of WBVT as a supplement to exercise. At its conclusion, she said, “Our study is the first to show that whole-body vibration may be just as effective as exercise at combatting some of the negative consequences of obesity and diabetes.”
While doctors often recommend lifestyle changes such as a well-balanced diet and exercise to combat these conditions, we know that those changes are not always easily attainable for a variety of reasons. WBVT is not intended to be an exercise replacement, but it can be an extra step towards the fat-burning results your body needs.
Anxiety Disorders Associated with High Stress Levels
It’s no secret that many people today are dealing with high levels of stress. Maybe you are facing interpersonal conflicts, unanticipated financial struggles, are wary about the political climate or are experiencing a high-pressure work environment. These are all normal parts of life and understandable sources of stress, but sometimes the true cause is actually happening in our own bodies.
Cortisol is a stress hormone that your brain triggers in release to stressful situations. While it is necessary for helping you deal with the problems life throws your way, cortisol can easily escalate to unhealthy levels, causing you even more stress. There are lifestyle changes that you can make to control cortisol levels, such as getting efficient sleep, exercising, mindfulness and meditation.
Even those with the healthiest of habits could use some relief every now and then, and that’s where WBVT at ReGen Medical Dallas comes in. You might be asking yourself what vibrational therapy could possibly have to do with high stress levels and anxiety disorders. The answer is that vibration training can decrease the production of cortisol while it increases muscle stimulation. Just ten minutes of vibration therapy can reduce the production of cortisol by up to 32% and increase the release of human growth hormone by between 320% and 464%.
Chronic Back Pain
A common cause of lower back pain is weakening of the lower back muscles. This occurs naturally with age, but habits like prolonged periods of sitting can put a strain on the muscles and cause pain long-term. Approximately 265 patients with chronic pain participated in extensive trials where their journeys using focal vibration devices were followed for 18 months. Of those patients, 59% reported improvement or elimination of pain.
That was likely because WBVT strengthens and reinforces lower back muscles without putting extra pressure on your back. You simply stand, sit or lie on the machine and rapid vibrations will stimulate receptors over the muscles or tendons. The stimulation causes the muscles and tendons to contract and relax several times per second, similarly to the way they would when you heavily exercise.
Balance and Coordination Disorders
Balance problems are actually the most common reason that older patients seek help from doctors. However, a lack of nervous system flexibility, hip tightness and hip weakness can contribute to poor balance at any age.
If you have been experiencing frequent vertigo, lightheadedness, unsteadiness or dizziness, you might be suffering from a balance or coordination disorder. Maintaining strong balance throughout your life is essential for carrying out daily activities and preventing potentially dangerous falls.
When your body is in contact with one of our WBVT training devices, the vibrations will be transmitted through the limbs and to the joints. When these movements occur in the hip musculature, it often leads to increased hip strength and flexibility in the area, contributing to improved balance and coordination.
Hypoxia, Prehypertension and Hypertension
If you have hypoxia, it means there is a lack of oxygen supply in your blood, arteries and tissues. Factors like high altitude, asthma or heart disease can lead to hypoxemia. Symptoms include headache, shortness of breath, increased heartbeat, coughing, wheezing, confusion and a bluish color in the skin, fingernails and lips.
Because these symptoms can often be confused for other conditions, it is important to consult with a doctor if you think you have hypoxia. Your doctor will be able to measure the oxygen level in a blood sample or measure the oxygen saturation of your blood and provide you with some clarity on the issue.
Your blood circulatory system is responsible for delivering nutrients and oxygen to the cells in your body. WBVT has been shown to provide an immediate increase in blood circulation. The increase in circulation will begin as soon as you start using the platform and will continue thanks to the muscle contractions and vibrations your whole body experiences.
This improvement in blood flow often coincides with reduced blood pressure and arterial stiffness, which means WBVT Therapy is also a great option for patients with hypertension or prehypertension. Doctors at Florida State University subjected 25 post-menopausal women with prehypertension and hypertension to 12 weeks of WBV exercise training and found that their overall strength increased, while mean arterial pressure and heart rates decreased after undergoing therapy.
Whole Body Vibration Therapy in Dallas
The most amazing part of Whole Body Vibration Therapy is that everyone can use it and it has been shown to improve the lives of those who do, regardless of whether or not they are dealing with one of the above conditions. It can be used as a powerful tool to help your body fight disease, or as a preventative measure to help stop disease from occurring in the first place.
To see if Whole Body Vibration Therapy is right for you, call (214) 855-7750 or contact us online to schedule an appointment at ReGen Medical Dallas today!