Whole-Body vibration is a form of therapy that can provide not only health but also fitness benefits. During whole-body vibration therapy, you will sit, stand, or lie down on a machine with a vibrating platform that will start to vibrate and transmit energy throughout your entire body. As your muscles begin to rapidly contract and relax, you’ll feel the exertion inside your body. Done properly and under the supervision of an experienced chiropractic team, there can be many benefits with whole-body and localized vibration therapy.
Medical versus therapeutic whole-body vibration
While both forms of vibration therapy involve sending vibrations throughout the entire body, therapeutic whole-body vibration is aimed at treating short-term symptoms or improving overall wellness by improving circulation, alleviating stress, boosting your metabolism, or reducing joint pain. Medical whole-body vibration may have been prescribed by your health care provider and targets specific medical conditions, such as bone density conditions or Parkinson’s disease. When you schedule a consultation with us, we’ll help determine which treatment is best for you.
How Does it Work?
There are two main forms of vibration therapy: whole-body and localized therapy. In whole-body vibration, you may have to stand in a certain position (such as in a half squat with bent knees). In localized vibration therapy, we use a hand-held vibrating device. As the vibrations are transmitted through your body, your muscles will rapidly contract and expand. Some vibrations can cause your body to increase its production of osteoblasts, which are the cells that produce bone; this can help to increase bone density. For effective bone formation and improved bone strength, the vibrations need to be more intense.
Another key benefit of whole-body vibration is that it stimulates blood flow, which helps force the lymph fluid into your lymph nodes, where they can detect and discard any toxins. This works to keep your entire body stabilized, allowing it to heal more quickly and improve your overall well-being.
What is Vibration Therapy Good for?
Whole-body vibration therapy can help to increase muscle mass and strength, as well as reduce joint and back pain. It’s also recommended to help minimize and prevent muscle soreness after exercise or sports. Recent studies have shown that it can even provide immediate, short-term benefits for people who suffer from Parkinson’s disease. Perhaps most importantly, it can help to improve your general health, which means that whole-body vibration therapy under chiropractic care can be beneficial for most patients.
If you would like more information about how whole-body and localized vibration therapy can help provide pain relief and increase your metabolism, call us to get a free consultation. Our Lanham, MD, team at Effective Chiropractic will create a customized plan based on your needs. We look forward to hearing from you!