How Whole Body Vibration Works
If you read the history page, you know that the technology was originally designed to increase bone density and muscle mass. When you start to use your VibraTrim, you will notice how your body automatically adapts to the vibrations. One of the first results you will have is increased flexibility and range of motion. By standing on the plate, the vibration generates systematic involuntary muscle contraction through out the body not only increases your flexibility but also burns fat by increasing your metabolism while it improves your circulation and provides your cells with ideal oxygen and nutrient delivery to slow the degenerative process.
The VibraTrim unit is designed to create adjustable vibrations from 10-50 Hz by a oscillating vibration. This pivotal system vibrates at the correct speed from a medical and body-toning standpoint. The VibraTrim generates systematic involuntary muscle contraction with less G force than the “piston” type systems, the other style of Whole Body Vibration that is on the market. The piston style offers a straight up and down motion like a jackhammer. This type of “up and down” piston movement and vibration is known to cause problems that can result in bad backs (truck drivers and others) and other various physical areas (carpal tunnel).
Science has learned that the human body adapts to various stressors and stimuli. The Whole Body Vibration produces amazing results as a result of that adaptation process. When you stand on your VibraTrim, the vibration energy is transferred to your entire body. This first stimulates receptors in the Achilles tendon that stimulate nerve receptors, which track up to the cerebellum (the part of the brain that is responsible for balance). This pleasant vibrating action causes the brain to tell the muscles of your body to actively contract to maintain its equilibrium, thus creating a therapeutic and muscle-toning workout.
Automatically Exercising and Toning Your Muscles
You are familiar with the patellar or knee-jerk reflex (when a Doctor hits the tendon below the kneecap). This stretch reflex (myotatic) is an automatic muscle contraction in response to stretching within the muscle. When you are using your VibraTrim, the vibrating plate provides the stimulus for a similar type of reaction for your entire body. The various exercise positions will require those particular muscles to respond affecting all of its muscle fibers, ligaments and tendons. Using a variety of exercise positions the entire body can exercised and toned.
Increases Bone Density
The muscles are attached to the bones. When they contract, they pull on your bones. The harder the muscles work, the more stress they place on the skeleton. When this happens, there is an increase in the density of the bones. They actually get stronger on the insides because more bone has formed there. More massive bones are sturdier bones. This bone formation benefit accumulates over time. The longer a person uses their VibraTrim the stronger their bones will get. Broken bones are the leading reason elderly people end up in nursing homes. Strong bones enable you to have an active and healthy lifestyle that leads to a longer life. Weak bones will shorten your life expectancy.
Increases Your Lymphatic Drainage
Our body vibrates every single moment it pumps blood. Hence, vibration is essential for our blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. But what is lymphatic drainage? The lymphatic system is a network of ducts and nodes that drains toxins out of the muscles in the body. These nodes help in conveying antibodies into the muscles, making our bodies stronger and resistant to fatigue. Lymph nodes play a significant role in our immune system, which most people forget to pay attention to. Unfortunately, the lymphatic system is not capable of pumping toxins out of these nodes by itself and heavily relies on muscle activity. When you stand up straight on your VibraTrim, you can feel the aches and pains of standing all day, exercising or just plain working going away as stiffness and tightness of your muscles seems to drain away. This is the lymphatic drainage at work while it also fights infection and bacteria. Spending a few minutes a day on your VibraTrim will make you feel lighter, looser and more relaxed. Try it after a tough day. You will be amazed at your revitalization.
Increases Your Circulation
Muscles contraction requires oxygen and glucose. By increasing the number of muscle contractions, so does your need for oxygen and glucose. Your body responds naturally by increasing the heart rate to provide those vital elements to your muscles. As a result, your VibraTrim is automatically increasing your blood flow.
Lowers Your Stress
Stress can cause the release of Cortisol. Cortisol is terrible for the body – it causes your body’s inflammation levels to go up, it robs you of sleep, wipes out your adrenal glands and after a while leaves you constantly exhausted. Exercising on your VibraTrim helps your body to reduce the levels of Cortisol and replace it with the release of endorphins, the “Feel Good” hormones.
Improves Your Balance
The human brain is built to keep our bodies in a state of equilibrium, balance, and stability. If someone pushes your shoulder, your brain responds by telling you to lean back against the push so you don’t fall over. If you’re standing on a platform that is moving 20 – 50 times per second, your brain must respond quickly by triggering certain muscles to contract and others to relax so that you maintain your balance. The brain is forced to respond to the rapidly moving surface under you or you would fall over! The VibraTrim make muscles stronger and improves balance. That makes it less likely that you will break a bone if you happen to fall down. Strong muscles protect the bones from damage in an impact. Improved balance also makes it less likely that you will fall down in the first place.
The Benefits Of WBV Training Are Considerable –
as evidenced by its acceptance in major medical, rehabilitation and therapeutic centers across the country. The health benefits are multifold and results can be achieved easily. It can enhance your general well being and quality of life regardless of age, medical, neurological or physical condition. WBV training is not difficult, but it can be challenging – the degree of difficulty is entirely up to you.
Whole Body Vibration increases the production of the regenerative and repair hormones. It also improves the blood circulation, increases the basal metabolic rate, strengthens bone tissue and improves lymph drainage. The net result is more strength, stamina, speed, increased flexibility, mobility and coordination, rapid recovery of muscles and tissue, improved collagen production and fat reduction. This is achieved with minimal stress on the joints and ligaments. You can perform static or dynamic movements including standing, sitting, kneeling, lying, and placing your hands on it. Almost any exercise from a typical gym workout to passively sitting on a chair and resting your feet can be done on a VibraTrim. Talk about the ideal program. This is it.
There Are Two Basic Types Of (WBV) Movements:
Oscillating: Oscillating (pivotal) movement generally supported by the medical community as a healthier type of vibration as it can handle more weight, have much less vertical impact on the body, reduce stress on the organs, and help keep the spine more flexible and loose. When using oscillating whole body vibration equipment, the engaged muscles contract alternately as in normal walking motion, so the same muscle groups on both sides of the body are not contracted at the same time. This is the style that is used by VibraTrim.
Linear: Linear (vertical/tri-planar) movement primarily duplicates the jump reflex in the body. The muscles on both sides of the body contract simultaneously resulting in very high impact. Repetition of this sort of impact makes certain positions on this type of WBV exerciser unsuitable. User with joint or spine problems may find this muscle contraction uncomfortable and may benefit from an oscillating machine. Many users tell of increased headaches after using this style. Linear WBV exercisers are effective for improving jump height, which is why they are popular with football and basketball players.
The VibraTrim Models
Even machines costing thousands more are not of the same Quality, Construction or Performance!
The VibraTrim is solid quality construction and quiet operation, unlike others that feel like they are going to break, are unstable and are very loud!
Reasons to buy VibraTrim:
Our Solid Steel construction (not plastic like the others) assures a solid and quiet operation!
Heavy Duty – powerful motors sized to fit the model
Easy operation – simple manual controls and three preset programs. (plus user definable programs on the VT400 model)
Proper vibration motion with proper oscillating (pivotal up/down movement) – not vertical!
Affordable – comparable vibration machines sell for between $3000 and $14,000!
Unbeatable Three year Warranty!
Why is the VibraTrim so affordable
We sell direct to you – we are the manufacturer
Not through a retail store or distribution system.
We sell only on the Internet & authorized dealers.
No expensive advertising
No expensive stores to maintain
No middleman fees
No commissions to pay
The Benefits of Whole Body Vibration
Whole body vibration has been researched for more than 100 years and has been shown to have the following benefits:
Increases flexibility, range of motion and mobility (decreases muscle tightness and increases mobility – the abilities to walk and stand)
Improved balance and coordination
Provides benefits of both anaerobic and aerobic exercise
Increases physical strength, dexterity, and endurance
Reduces arthritic pain, joint and ligament stress
Improved pelvic floor function (this can help to reduce bladder problems or incontinence)
Increases the “happiness” hormones serotonin and neurotrophine, substances that support our thinking process (this helps to reduce
Decreases the stress hormone cortisol
Enhances strength and fast twitch muscles (reduces spasticity and increases smoothness of muscle function)
Enhances conventional training results
Speeds training recovery
Enhances pain reduction
Improves collagen production (joint repair)
Relieves tension and chronic pain in ankles, knees, lower back and neck
Posture is enhanced and strengthened overall
Enhances critical blood flow throughout the body (oxygenation and lymph drainage) (increases how well your body can detoxify and helps with brain function, since the brain is getting more oxygen to help it to function better).
Increases secretion of hormones that are important in regeneration and repair processes, such as HGH (Human Growth Hormone), IGF-1, and testosterone
Decreased Cortisol levels (stress hormone)
Enhanced athletic performance due to improved muscle strength and tone
Important muscle groups are worked
Using simple adjustments in posture and body positioning, produces the effects of 80 different exercises
Decreased recovery time after workouts
Increased tendon strength
Increased basal metabolic rate
Accelerated weight loss
Increased bone strength, density and fights osteoporosis
Increased lumbar proprioception
Reduced back pain and stiffness
Positive results seen on neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s
Reduced effects of stress and stress incontinence
Rehabilitates injuries and ailments
Stimulated lymphatic drainage
Reduces appearance of cellulite (reduces weight gain and helps to tone the body)
Tones and tightens skin
Improved collagen production
The History of Whole Body Vibration
Whole Body Vibration therapy began in 1857 by a Swedish doctor, Gustav Zander. He built 70 different exercise machines some of which were a type of vibration exercise. After exhibiting at two Worlds fairs, he started the Zander Institutes, which were an early form of today’s health clubs and proved to be very popular through out the world. The Netherlands had 9 centers at one point.
A little later in 1895 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the developer of corn flakes, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, invented a whole-body vibration machine. This was a unique chair design that shook violently and claimed to cure constipation, headaches and back pain. To stimulate the inner organs, he also developed a standing platform.
In 1960 the beginning of today’s whole body vibration exercise techniques was begun in East Germany with a technique called rhythmic neuromuscular stimulation.
Russian scientists began the real studies of Whole Body Vibration and fine-tuned this technology for years. They used this technology to help rehabilitate their cosmonauts after returning from space to help repair muscles from atrophy and bone density due to the weightlessness of space. Many were so weak that they needed assistance in walking after emerging from the aircraft. The scientists reasoned that providing a form of therapy that focused on hyper gravitational force could yield an effective treatment.
These Russian researchers lead by Vladimir Nazarov found that not only did that stop the loss of bone density, but amazingly it also increased and strengthened muscle tissue. In addition, they also used this technology to prevent injury to their Olympic athletes. In the event one of their athletes did injure themselves, they were put on a WBV plate to rehabilitate the injury. In that same era Nazarov translated these findings into practical uses for athletes. He observed a substantial increase in flexibility and strength after the application of vibrations in the athletes he studied. With his successful results in hand, Nazarov shared his accomplishment with the 1960 Russian Olympic Team, who used WBV to train for the games; they took home a whopping 43 Gold medals that year.
After the fall of Communism in Russia, Whole Body Vibration technology made its way east and west. This technology continued to be studied and enhanced. It has taken both the Orient and Europe by storm. Even though there were meager beginnings in the United States, whole body vibration exercise really has not been in the United States for very long. In the past only wealthy, sports teams, or doctor’s offices could afford a Whole Body Vibration unit. These units usually cost $10,000 or more. After decades of research, NASA, many professional athletes, sports teams, medical centers, spas and health clubs have embraced this technology.
The Whole Body Vibration technology centers on a recurrent change of position on a vibrating platform with the specific physical factors of amplitude, frequency and time. The muscles are stimulated to work by the stretch reflex. You are probably familiar this type reflex when the doctor taps the patella tendon below the kneecap and the lower leg moves upwards without the brain being able to prevent the movement. When the muscles are activated with the stretch reflex we get a number of benefits not seen during regular exercise. Normally, we do not use all our muscles for standing or moving. With the Whole Body Vibration, the stretch reflex ensures that all muscle fibers are being stimulated at one time. The muscle responds to vibration by contracting to offset the stress it imposes and is ensured to produce effective results for your physical therapy needs.
Who is Using Whole Body Vibration
Professional Sports Teams
Chicago White Sox
San Diego Padres
Los Angeles Dodgers
New York Mets
St. Louis Cardinals
Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Chiefs
Los Angeles Avengers (Arena Football)
New England Patriots
New York Giants
San Diego Chargers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Los Angeles Kings
Toronto Maple Leafs
Los Angles Lakers
Medical & Therapeutic Clinics
1960 Family Practice – Houston, TX
Accelerated Wellness – Indianapolis, IN
Advanced Orthopedic Specialists – Brighton, MI
Advanced Scientific – Dyess AFB, TX
Affiliates in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery – Fairfield, OH
American Weight Loss – Brooksville, FL
Applied Physical Rehabilitative Services, Inc. – Centerville, OH
Arizona Spinal Care – Scottsdale, AZ
Aspen Longevity Anti-Aging Clinics (Dr. Clint Phillips Aspen, CO)
Atlas Medical – Australia
Back-n-Balance – Evanston, IL
Balance in Life – Muskegon, MI
Baptism Rehab Center – Paducah, KY
Bauman Physical Therapy – Lexington, KY
Bellefontaine Physical Therapy – Bellefontaine, OH
Berger Health Systems – Circleville, OH
Bfit & Well – Anchorage, AK
Big Horn Orthopedic Group – Powell, WY
Body Balance – Fallon, NV
Body BeneFits, Inc. – The Woodlands, TX
Bowie Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine – Bowie, TX
Cairo Rehab – Mounds IL
Cameron Memorial Community Hospital – Angola, IN
Casa Dorinda – Montecito, CA
Catalysis Group Inc. – Ontario, Canada
Centre for Spinal Diagnostics, Inc. (Dr. John Hertz)
Cherry Creek Longevity (Ion Cleanse Denver, CO)
Coherex Medicial – Murray, UT
Comprehensive Care – Gary, IN
Diamond Physical Therapy – Algonquin, IL
Dr. Alan D Cross – Tuscon, AZ
Dr. Alfred Shore – Los Angeles CA
Dr. B G Davis – Sulphur, OK
Dr. Barbara Jessen – Seattle, WA
Dr. Frederick Buechel, Jr. – Naples, FL
Dr. Jacobo Lama, MD, Haines City, FL
Dr. John Tindall – Concordia, MO
Dr. Jose A. Rodriguez – Ormond Beach FL
Dr. Hoon Park – Wappingers Falls, NY
Dr. K DeOrio, DeOrio Medical Group (Alternative Medicine)
Dr. Paul A Madsen – Kent WA
Dr. Roxanna G. Fowler – Auburn, WA
Dr. Seth Powan – Irvine, CA
Dr. Seung Kim – Flushing, NY
Dr. Thomas Tumbarello – Marietta, GA
Dr. Troy Dreiling – Vancouver WA
Dr. Victor Gribenko – Brooklyn, NY
Ephesus Medical & Sports Services – Turkey
Fitness Chiropractic – Huntington Beach, CA
Fitness Works, Inc – Rockford, IL
Fowler Chiropractic – Auburn, WA
Fox West Medical Ltd. – Tacoma, WA
Good Bodies – Wilmette, IL
Harmonic Living – Ft Lauderdale, FL
Health R Us Clinic – St. Michael Barbados
Healthy Inspirations (Natural Weight Loss Clinics for Women)
His Glory Herb Shop – Waveland, IN
Homecure, Inc. – Tempe, AZ
Integrity Medical – Augusta, GA
Jocson Strength & Conditioning – Howard Beach, NY
Kronos (Longevity & Anti-Aging Clinics AZ & CA)
Leader Sports Medical (Dr. Peter Hughes Atlanta, GA)
Lenny Physical Therapy – Cherry Hill, NJ
Lessenger Chiropractic – Friendswood, TX
Logihealth Medispa & Wellness – Moreno Valley, CA
Loma Linda Medical Complex (Los Angeles)
Madisonville Chiropractic Clinic – Madisonville, LA
Medical Hospital of Union County – Marysville, OH
Memorial Hospital – Chester, IL
Miami Project to Cure Paralysis – Miami, FL
New Life Spinal Care Centers – Wilmington DE
NASA (Johnson Space Centre)
National Academy of Sports Medicine
Nature’s Remedy – Springville NY
Nelson Chiropractic Clinic – Tempe, AZ
North Pacific Physical Therapy – Portland, OR
Optimal Breathing Institute – Waynesville, NC
Pain Relief and Wellness – Cathedral, CA
Physical Therapy and Wellness – Rensselaer, NY
Physical Therapy of Chicago – Chicago, IL
Physician’s Back & Neck Clinic – Athens, GA
Physicians Group – Vernon Hills, IL
Pro Active Wellness – Longview, TX
Puyallup Ankle – Puyallup, WA
Rehab Connections, Inc. – Mokena, IL
Rehab Consultants of Central Florida – Sebring, FL
Rehab Consultants of Central Florida – Wauchola, FL
Rehab Hospital of South Jersey – Vineland, NJ
Rusk Institute – New York, NY
Select Medical Corp. – Palm Harbor, FL
Spring Shadows Chiropractic & Sports Med – Houston, TX
Soul Touch – Kamloops BC
Special Equipment Org. – Dublin, OH
Sports Medicine Clinics (Dr. Jerry Schlinder Atlanta, GA)
St Germain Chiropractic Clinic – Apopka, FL
Summit Physical Therapy – Dallas, TX
Tyler Physical Medicine Associates – Tyler, TX
Vintage Weightloss – Cypress, TX
Vital Health LLC- Mount Horeb, WI
Weider Chiropractic Clinic – Port Angeles, WA
West Sound Chiropractic Clinic – Port Orchard, WA
Research Studies for Whole Body Vibration Effects on the Body
The references provided by VibraTrim is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. The studies listed on this page are provided for general information only. These independent studies reference the years of research into vibration therapy and training and their research is independent of the VibraTrim. The FDA has not evaluated these studies. Most of these studies are listed on the National Center for Biotechnology Information website.
While the use of vibration therapy and training is still a relatively new concept to most health and fitness and medical professionals. It certainly does not suffer from lack of supportive research, and while there is obviously much research yet to be done in the area. The overwhelming consistency of findings from scientific research that currently exists on the subject is a compelling precursor to VibraTrim’s potential applications and impact on this revolutionary method of training and treatment.
Here are examples of published science, supporting some of Whole Body Vibration technology and claims, including enhanced muscle strength, bone density, hormonal release/circulation and pain reduction. This list while being large is not exhaustive of the subject. All exercise carries with it some element of risk. To reduce the risk, everyone, particularly those over 35 or who have known back, heart or blood pressure problems or any other medical illness or problem should be cleared by a physician before beginning any exercise program.
Blood Circulation Studies
Bone Density Studies
Cerebral Palsy Studies
Fall Prevention Studies
Hormonal Response Studies
- Effect of 6 Month Whole Body Vibration on Hip Density Muscle Strength and Postural Control in Postmenopausal Women
Multiple Sclerosis Studies
- Effects of whole-body vibration in patients with multiple sclerosis
- US Dept. of Health & Human Services – Agency For Health Care Research and Quality – Technical Brief: Whole Body Vibration Therapy for Osteoporosis
Pain Management Studies
- The role of paraspinal muscle spindles in lumbosacral position sense in individuals with and without low back pain
Parkinson’s Disease Studies
- Effects of random whole-body vibration on postural control in Parkinson’s disease
- Acute & Residual Effects of Vibratory Stimulation on Explosive Strength in Elite and Amateur Athletes
- OSU Researchers to Shake-Up Hip Replacement Therapy