In 1867, Russian physician and inventor Gustav Zander developed machines that utilized systems of springs, weights, and pulleys to provide therapy through vibration. In 1895, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg (of Kellogg’s conflakes fame) implemented vibration therapy in his health practice, recommending it for circulation and alleviating constipation. In the 1960s, the Germans called it “rhythmic neuromuscular stimulation” and used it for wellness. The Russians, in the same era, used whole-body vibration therapy to prevent the loss of bone mass and bone fractures in their cosmonauts in zero gravity. Today, NASA reportedly uses it to strengthen astronauts’ bone mass and muscles.
Whole-body vibration can also have benefits for the lymphatic system:
The lymphatic system is responsible for moving cellular waste and debris out of the body, through a complex network of lymph vessels that carry the harmful components to the bloodstream and from there to kidneys, lungs and colon, for elimination.
A poor immunity level, arthritis, back pain, frequent headaches, excess weight, cellulite, depression and fatigue may be caused by a blocked or clogged lymphatic system. On the other hand, when lymph flows smoothly through the vessels, the health state is improved and a general feeling of well-being is experienced.
Whole-body vibration therapy is new at Medi Therapie and is available for 15-minute sessions that are in addition to our other therapies!
These are our whole-body vibration devices now at our Kim Keat Road centre:
Whole Body Periodic Acceleration
The Whole Body Periodic Acceleration Bed can be used flat or at an incline to provide pulsatile shear stress. This form of passive exercise for those with mobility issues has been found in preliminary studies to improve coronary microcirculation and increase glucose tolerance in people with Type II diabetes. Whole Body Periodic Accelaration (or WBPA) has been found to have the some of the same effects on the release of nitric oxide in the body as when one is doing active exercise. Nitric oxide is a molecule that our body produces that has been shown to be important in the following cellular activities:
• Help memory and behavior by transmitting information between nerve cells in the brain
• Assist the immune system at fighting off bacteria and defending against tumors
• Regulate blood pressure by dilating arteries
• Reduce inflammation
• Improve sleep quality
• Increase your recognition of sense (i.e. smell)
• Increase endurance and strength
• Assist in gastric motility
It is this same nitric oxide that helps athletes boost blood and oxygen flow to their muscles while facilitating the removal of lactic acid build-up that comes from exercise. Nitric oxide typically decreases due to aging, inactivity, smoking, and fatty and unhealthy diets. Increasing your nitric oxide levels helps increase your energy, vitality and overall wellness.
- Vibration exercise machines improve your lymphatic health
- Fibromyalgia Symptoms May Be Reduced With Whole-Body Vibration Exercise
- Improve MS symptoms with whole body vibration therapy
- Athletes embrace vibration training despite mixed reviews
- Case study: Use of vibration therapy in the treatment of diabetic peripheral small fiber neuropathy
- Case study: Resistance Training and Vibration Improve Muscle Strength and Functional Capacity in Female Patients with Multiple Sclerosis
- Case study: Whole-body vibration exercise in postmenopausal osteoporosis
Arrange for your own experience of whole-body vibration therapy and whole-body periodic acceleration. Call us at 6883-2345 or use our contact form.
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