Whole Body Vibration – Frequently Asked Questions
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How often should I use the Vibration Platform?
Every day! The timer allows for up to a 10 minute session and this can be performed 2-3 times per day. There are many different vibration exercises that can be performed on the platform to keep your exercise varied and fun.
Are there any age limits for use with the Vibration Machine?
So long as there is trained supervision, children as young as 12 can use the Vibration platform as young people may also benefit from vibration training. All exercises should be in ‘Low’ mode; their duration and their frequency should be adapted to the specific person involved. We suggest supervision is needed for 12-16 year-olds. As for the other end of the scale, we have had people up to 75 years of age training easily on the Vibration platform, which may benefit conditions such as osteoporosis and arthritis.
Due to the nature of the machine, the elderly can activate their muscles in a simple, safe way without extra strain on the joints and ligaments. However, it is best to do so with trained supervision until you are familiar with the platform.
Can I use the Vibration Machine to increase my flexibility?
The Vibration platform uses the Janda Stretch method which may increase joint mobility. In this process, the muscle contracts and relaxes and all muscles and joints that are utilized during the exercise are fully mobilized. Furthermore, adhesions may loosen from the vibration, which would help to increase flexibility. Additionally, the Golgi apparatus in the muscles are activated while training on the Vibration platform, which may result in high levels of relaxation. Muscles may lengthen during active and functional positions while on the Vibration platform, but explosive muscle strength is not affected.
What is the difference between your ‘home use’ machines and the ones that cost near to $14000?
A major difference between our platforms and the commercial units available is that they can be used every day. The vibration used in commercial units is highly concentrated, very strong and really only suitable for athletic types up to 3 x per week. The vibration platforms we have are highly suitable for all kinds of people in different situations and states of health / recovery.
Who uses the Vibration Platform?
People are using the vibration platforms for a whole range of different needs. There are many health benefits of vibration machines. We have a customer with agoraphobia who has been housebound for 5 years, a paraplegic child, people with sports injuries & swelling, people with sciatica, back, shoulder and hip problems, poor circulation, loss of motivation in life and those overweight, to name just a few.
Should I avoid using the Vibration platform with bare feet?
To ensure correct transfer of vibrations to the body, there should be as little friction as possible between the body and the Vibration platform. This is most easily achieved while wearing flexible-soled shoes (while these do not have to be training shoes, they are recommended). However, if you would like to train barefoot and when you are performing exercises where other parts of the body are in contact with the machine please ensure the rubber base is used.
I occasionally get headaches immediately after training on the Vibration platform, why is this?
Firstly, ensure you are using the Vibration platform according to our instructions. If this is the case, then your headaches may be caused by lack of fluid intake before training. Almost 70% of the population is suffering from dehydration and as our bodies consist of over 50% water, fluid balance is vital. Training on the Vibration platform may assist activation of the lymphatic system, which results in a loss of body fluids so we advise to drink about 500ml of water, half an hour before training.
Should I alternate the muscle groups I am exercising on the Vibration platform?
It is completely up to the individual whether muscle group exercises are alternated in a session. However, it is sensible to alternate between upper body, lower body and abdominal exercises to allow each group a rest in between. After a while, this can be performed without breaks, which will keep your heart rate up throughout the whole session thus training your cardiovascular system too.
Should I split my vibration training session?
Vibration training has an immense advantage over conventional training. As the sessions are shorter and less strain is caused, there may be considerably less chance to cause any muscle damage. Therefore, there is no reason why the whole body cannot be trained on the Vibration platform in one session.
I am a well-trained individual so can I start using the advanced vibration platform immediately?
Even the most trained of athletes will need to time to let their body get used to vibration training, so it is advised not to start immediately with an advanced program. However, it will be possible for highly trained individuals to progress more quickly than the untrained person, by increasing the intensity as described previously. You must always ensure that Vibration platform training is fatiguing though, to guarantee a training effect.
I don’t feel anything either during or after vibration training. Am I performing incorrectly?
If you don’t feel anything while training on the Vibration platform, you will need to increase the intensity of your exercise. There should always be some feeling of fatigue after each session in order to produce a physical training effect.
Can I use the Vibration platform to increase my flexibility?
You can perform yoga postures whilst on a vibration platform. Yoga is traditional employed for the purpose of lengthening muscles. Visit our vibration exercises page for some great stretching ideas!
Could a vibration platform workout replace my fitness program?
Vibration platforms may increase isometric (static) and isotonic (dynamic) muscle strength, may increase flexibility and mobility, may improve co-ordination and may improve core stability. The only training effect that regular training may elicit that a vibration platform cannot is to increase the size of the heart muscle. It really depends on your personal aims but it could be a replacement or an enhancement for to any fitness program.
Health benefits of vibration machines are effective for those who would like to exercise in different positions effectively, yet in a short time span.
The machine is very attractive for those who usually get tired and bored of exercising.
Although used for short time, the exercise is very effective.
Generally, you would exercise for a maximum of 1 minute in one position. And the 1 minute would be sufficient for the user to feel the effect of the exercise.
The machine is also good for pre/post exercise for those doing other exercises.
The vibration exercises may reduce the amount of cortisol hormones produced by the body. As a result, when doing the vibrations exercises before or after the main exercise, they may prevent the damage of the muscle.
When used in groups, the effect and the pleasure of the using the vibration machines will increase.
Health Benefits of Vibration Machines
The pleasure of using the vibration machines is different from using a normal spinning machine. Six persons would be the ideal number of people in a group exercise using the vibration machine. The vibration machine requires learning different exercise positions unlike the plain cycling motion of the spinning machine. Too many people using the machine may result in overloading the manager who will train the people using the machine. 6 persons would be the ideal number for everyone to enjoy the new exercise.
Oscillating and Lineal Platforms Explained
There are two types of platforms which utilize weight bearing vibration technology; those with a lineal action which vibrate in a vertical, 3D fashion and those which oscillate in a pivotal or see-saw action. The oscillating action is considered to be more therapeutic as it may increase mobility in the pelvis, and encourage skeletal realignment.
It is known that oscillating platforms prevent bone loss in sheep and chickens and preliminary trials on postmenopausal women have had positive results in bone growth. Research has found that low amplitude vibrations may be better for humans; however, the human response to Hz is said to differ from person to person. Research suggests that vibrations from lineal platforms in the 12 to 60 Hz range have many beneficial effects although the above 40 Hz range is more suitable for serious athletes.
Please consult your Doctor before undertaking any new fitness regime, particularly those with any of the following conditions or health complaints…
- Acute deep vein thrombosis
- Serious cardio-vascular disease
- Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)
- Fresh wounds or recent surgery
- Acute hernia, discopathy, spondylolysis
- Severe diabetic neuropathy
- Recent infections
- Severe migraine
- Recently fitted i.u.d.,coils, metal pins or plates
- Cancer or Tumours
- Known neurological conditions
- Hip and knee replacements
- Joint implants
- Pulmonary embolism
- Known retinal conditions
- Poor somatosensory receptor sensitivity on the Plantar surfaces of the feet