What is Whole Body Vibration Therapy?
Whole Body Vibration Therapy (WBVT) is a common mechanical stimulus characterized by oscillation -- back and forth movement at a regular interval. WBVT is designed to treat issues like arthritis, neuropathy, and other issues caused by nerve damage, disuse, or overuse.
WBVT has been studied extensively for its effects on humans at specific amplitudes and frequencies. Recently, it’s been determined that low amplitude, low frequency mechanical stimulation of the human body is a safe and effective way to exercise musculoskeletal structures.
How does it work?
Whole body vibration therapy (WBVT) is considered a passive exercise modality. Passive means that the therapy is being done to the person, rather than the person actively engaging in an activity, such as by walking, weightlifting, or stretching. With whole-body vibration, you stand, sit or lie on a machine with a vibrating platform. Rapid vibrations, which are produced by a machine, stimulate receptors over a muscle or tendon, forcing your muscles to contract and relax several times per second.
What does it do for me?
Research has shown that whole-body vibration therapy, when performed correctly under medical supervision, can:
- Increase circulation
- Improve muscle strength and flexibility
- Improve joint range of motion
- Regulate neuromuscular function
ReGen Medical Dallas utilizes WBVT in a way that helps the body’s nerves to heal themselves. Simply put, our nerves need fuel and activation to repair. The fuel is oxygen and glucose (sugar), and the activation is use. To get oxygen to nerves we need to breathe properly and have healthy peripheral circulatory function. Activation means that the nerves have to be used. WBVT increases peripheral circulation that supplies damaged nerves with oxygen and glucose, while also activating those same damage nerves to prompt repair. This allows for neuromuscular “re-education”, or the restoration of normal function of nerves and muscles, to include movement, balance, and coordination.
One of the most incredible facts about whole body vibration therapy is that it can improve the lives of just about everyone, even if it’s not being used to treat a specific condition. It can serve as a boost to someone’s regular workout regimen, or help those unable to perform traditional exercise due to a health condition or disability.