Peak bone mass and size are achieved around the age of 20 years. After this age the bone turnover generally becomes slower, and the self-regeneration and remodeling of the tissue continue at a slower rate as well.
Typically, since bone formation slows down with age, in adults over 30 years there is usually a gradual, progressive decline in bone mineral density, which unfortunately increases the risk of developing osteoporosis and even worse, makes one more susceptible to fractures. Overtime, as the bone formation process decreases, the bone resorption increases, so the composition, structure and function of the bones go through a transformation.
The decline in bone mass and mineral density can be quicken by external and internal factors, such as:
And hormonal changes
These slight changes are present in the entire body so they affect all bones, but in some areas they are more drastic and can lead to more significant health issues. The lumbar spine and the hips are just two examples of areas where the decrease in bone mineral density can cause more acute fractures.
To solve the problem, this risk can be decreased by routinely practicing exercises that help in strengthening the bones and by maintaining an active lifestyle and a diet that supports the strengthening and regeneration of the bone tissue.
New innovative technology such as high frequency Whole Body Vibration can help increase lumbar bone density.
The risk for osteoporosis-induced fractures is higher in postmenopausal women, and the standard non-medicinal intervention for this issue is steady exercise.
Strength exercises, weight lifting and cardio activities are all beneficial for the bones, but lots of postmenopausal women are afraid they’ll break a bone if they engage in such activities, so generally they prefer to take on a more sedentary lifestyle.
In most of these cases, Whole Body Vibration can be a convenient and safe answer, as it generally takes less time and puts less stress on the weakened bones. The effects of vibration training on bones in women with osteoporosis have been investigated by a variety of teams of researchers, and it’s well known that working out on a Whole Vibration Machine can assist in increasing bone mineral density.
One recent study conducted by scientists from Taiwan investigated the effects of Whole Body Vibration Therapy on the bone mineral density of the lumbar spine, in postmenopausal women.
28 women were involved in this study, and were divided among two groups:
One performing vibration exercises for 6 months
The other serving as control group
The vibration training group received Whole Body Vibration at 30 Hz and 3.2 G’s of G-force, in a standing posture, for 5 minutes per session at a time.
This group trained three times per week, just like the control group, who didn’t perform Whole Body Vibration exercises. After 6 months, the bone mineral density of the control group decreased, while the BMD of the Whole Body Vibration group increased dramatically.
This study confirmed once again that high-frequency, high-magnitude whole body vibration can benefit postmenopausal women with low bone mineral density by strengthening their bones and reducing the risk of fractures. In this group of people, Whole Body Vibration can be a safe and convenient alternative to traditional exercise.
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