Dr. Jane Hendricks NMD - Medical Director

Whole Body Vibration Therapy

Many of the benefits of the traditional massage can be obtained from vertical-based vibration machines, such as the 3G Cardio AVT 5.0 Vibration Machine.

How does vibration machine massage therapy work?

The Hertz frequency of the vibration machine can provide a number of different benefits. People may find a vibration machine massage can stimulate or calm the body’s muscles and tissues.

When the body’s soft tissue muscles are massaged, electrical signals are transmitted both to the local area and throughout the body. These signals can help heal damaged muscles by improving circulation, clearing waste products via the lymphatic system, boosting the immune system, reducing pain and tension, and inducing an overall calming effect. As with massage, this therapy has also been found to improve one’s mood by stimulating the release of endorphins (natural painkillers and mood elevators) and reducing levels of certain stress hormones. Although massage affects the body as a whole, it particularly influences the activity of the musculoskeletal, circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems

Effects on Circulation:
Good circulation is extremely important to have good health. Studies have shown that by using whole-body vibration therapy, a person can improve their circulation up to 30 percent in muscles (Rittweger, J., Beller, G. and Felsenberg, D. (1999), Acute Physiological effects of exhaustive whole-body vibration exercise in man. Clinical Physiology
20(2), 134-142).

When muscles are trained using conventional methods, only as little as 20 percent of the muscle fibers are used, compared to up to 95 percent with Whole Body Vibration training, also known as Accelerated Vibration Training.

Another study on the effects of vertical-based vibration training on circulation also showed significantly improved circulation. Research by Lohman et al. (2007) evaluated 45 subjects who were randomly separated into three groups. It was concluded that short massage sessions on a vibration machine significantly increased skin blood flow on the lower extremities, such as the calves.

A similar study by Maloney-Hinds et al. (2008) of 18 subjects concluded a significant increase in skin blood flow after massage at both 30 and 50 Hertz. The highest increase was found after five minutes of massage.

Effects on the immune system:

Massage has been shown in studies to improve immune system health, according to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, 1996, and Psychosomatic Medicine, 2000. When the muscles are activated they cause the body to circulate otherwise passive fluids that carry toxins and other waste products away from tissues.

When people exercise it causes the body to increase its workload, which forces a greater cardiac output. The circulatory system over time gets used to exercising by expanding its capillary density in muscles and, in the process, becomes more efficient in oxygen delivery and waste removal. The heart gets stronger and circulation improves.

Accelerated vibration therapy is an excellent way to provide the exercise and massage combination that improves circulation and reduces the effects of limited circulation.

While accelerated vibration therapy does not cure diseases, it may help reduce symptoms of many problems that are directly related to poor circulation. These diseases include osteoporosis, hypertension, high cholesterol, varicose veins, and type 2 diabetes.






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