Balance

Learn the Science:

Balance and whole body vibration

Health Condition

Poor balance affects a wide variety of people, can be short-term or permanent, and can cause dizziness. About 30% of people over the age of 65 lose their balance and suffer a fall each year. 

Whole Body Vibration and Balance

Whole body vibration has been found to improve balance (Sitjà-Rabert et al., 2012). Whole body vibration delivers mechanical loading to the skeleton, which increases bone mass and enhances muscle and skeletal control. As a result, balance, gait, and posture improve.

Often, those who suffer from imbalance don’t have the muscle strength and coordination to prevent them from falling. Whole Body Vibration can improve balance and increase muscular strength and power (Salmon et al., 2012). Whole body vibration can strengthen core and leg muscles and is a simple and effective form of exercise to help those suffering from imbalance to gain control.

LifetimeVibe Exercises

LifetimeVibe’s patented design is especially helpful for people with imbalance because it isolates the vibration in the base–reducing harsh and violent movement. Unlike competitor machines, LifetimeVibe also accelerates gradually to the chosen speed, making the experience much more comfortable for those with poor balance.

Suggested Positions

Stand on LifetimeVibe with your feet about 12 inches apart. Move your feet farther apart as tolerated. Read through the booklet to determine exercise and massage positions on the reverse side of the flip chart suitable for your condition.(See page 22 in LifetimeVibe program booklet)

Speeds and Programs

Begin with Pre-set programs 1,2, and 3. Increase the intensity, duration and number of exercises, as tolerated. When your body is ready, experiment with the rest of the Pre-set programs and exercises.

 

References

  1. Sitjà-Rabert, M.; Rigau, D.; Fort Vanmeerghaeghe, A.; Romero-Rodríguez, D.; Bonastre Subirana, M.; Bonfill, X. Efficacy of whole body vibration exercise in older people: a systematic review. Disability and rehabilitation 2012, 34, 883-893.
  2. Salmon, J. R.; Roper, J. A.; Tillman, M. D. Does Acute Whole-Body Vibration Training Improve the Physical Performance of People with Knee Osteoarthritis? Journal of strength and conditioning research 2012, 26, 2983-2989.
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