Most people sign up to our Power Plate classes because they know that vibration training gets you fit and helps you burn fat and lose weight, but did you know about the health and rehabilitation benefits of vibration training too? It’s not just exercise and fitness that it’s good for.
Recovery and rehabilitation
Vibration therapy has gained acceptance from major medical, rehabilitation, and therapeutic centres around the world as a result of various medical studies. For example research published by the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation in 2006 showed a significant increase in strength, flexibility and jump performance among female athletes following a three times a week, eight week programme, proving that Power Plate training leads to faster recovery from musco-skeletal injuries.
The gravity of the situation
The science behind it lies in the G-Force. Vibration training was originally used on astronauts. Lack of gravity causes muscles to waste away and bone density to decrease, so scientists worked out that the application of G-force to the muscles helped to prevent this. It eventually evolved to the Power Plate exercise machines we are more familiar with in the fitness and physio world.
As well as the gravity, the vibration substantially increases the blood flow to the working muscles and surrounding tissues. This causes faster recovery and repair following training and injury, partly because it helps to flush out any waste products. Increasing blood flow to an area also makes sure that the injured part is given a boost all of the nutrients and oxygen required for fast repair.
Vibrating your way better
Users have reported decreased muscular and joint pain and in fact healthcare professionals have used Power Plate vibration therapy to good effect to help the following conditions:
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Cerebral palsy
- Rheumatoid arthritis
This is because the vibrations produced by Power Plate trigger neurological responses in the muscles, which stimulate sensory receptors to elicit a “tonic vibration reflex” – in other words, an involuntary contraction of the muscle in response to the vibration. What’s also good about this form of physical exercise, is that in these situations, the muscles respond more easily and with less strain than when you voluntarily make your muscles contract. So this means that patients with limited mobility can benefit just as much as people who are more agile.
Another well publicised benefit of Power Plate training is the fact that it increases bone mineral density. This is important in treating and preventing conditions like osteoporosis. Not only that, but the improvements in strength and balance that occur as a result of regular exercise sessions on the Power Plate means that sufferers are less likely to fall and cause a fracture as a result of better stability.
Vibration technology can have the same effect as massage, which has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain, and muscle tension, in part because it increases circulation which releases toxins and lowers cortisol levels. Massage, whether using a Power Plate or a massage therapist, can help to treat stress, nerve pain, soft tissue strains or injuries, sports injuries, joint pain, and even digestive disorders.
We run a Pure Stretch and Massage class at the studio, if you’d like to come and try out the benefits for yourself! Or if you fancy a full sports massage, one of our local friends Vital Hands is offering 10% off your first treatment.