Vibration Therapy is an important tool in an effective weight loss program as it helps to increase the metabolism, stimulate the lymphatic system, and burn approximately 180 calories in a single 10-minute session. Vibration therapy offers many benefits for various health concerns.
What is a vibration plate?
Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Vibration plate is just simply one of the tools of something that we generally call vibration therapy. There are two main types of vibration therapy, whole-body therapy and localized. Now, the localized uses a handheld-type device on a specific part of the body, as opposed to whole-body is performed on a machine or a plate, hence the name vibration plate. During whole-body vibration therapy, you’ll be asked to either stand, sit, or lay on the machine supported by a vibrating platform. The direction and the intensity of the vibrations can vary from machine to machine. Clinically, the most effective machines will utilize a combination of vibrations that go side to side, up and down, front to back, and sideways. This is what we found to be most effective for stimulating osteoblast cells, which are bone growth cells, the lymphatic system, and also the muscular systems.
Is a vibration plate used mostly for weight loss or are there other benefits to using one?
Dr. Andrew Shepherd: Great question. Vibration plates are an important tool in an effective weight loss program as they help to increase the metabolism, stimulate the lymphatic system, and burn approximately 180 calories in a single 10-minute session. There are, however, many other uses and benefits. These can include increase in flexibility and range of motion on both the muscles and the joints, increase in balance and mobility, increase in osteoblast production, enhance and increase in bone density. This is one of the greatest tools that we use in Europe for actually helping to prevent and decrease, if it is actually existing, the incidences of both osteoporosis and osteopenia. It also is able to decrease pain, helps reduce cellulite, elevates the HGH levels in the body and serotonin, and decreases the stress hormone cortisol.
What type of exercise can be done on a vibration plate?
Dr. Andrew Shepherd: The types of exercises that be performed can be anything from muscular stretching, resistance weight training, neuromuscular balance and re-education, in the rehabilitation from strokes, also very beneficial for Parkinson’s patients, and cardiovascular improvement, also. These are really only limited by both the specific goals of the patient and the practitioner and the type of vibration plate that’s actually being utilized.
Will someone need a trainer to show them how to use a vibration plate to get the maximum benefit?
Dr. Andrew Shepherd: As with any exercise or rehabilitation program, some initial instruction is always recommended, but once the patient has an understanding of the machine, and the specific exercises, the stretches, and the goals of the treatment, then they are pretty much able to use the machines unsupervised.
Lastly, are there different types of vibration plates available to purchase?
Dr. Andrew Shepherd: There are many and varied types of vibration plates available, Liz. The styles and brands, they’re significant. They can range from anywhere between $199 to as much as $15,000, depending on the quality of the machine, the warranty, whether it’s designed for home use or commercial use, and frankly, it’s efficacy.
If you’re interested in speaking with Dr. Andrew Shepherd, visit www.planochiropractornow.com or call 972-212-5725 to schedule an appointment.