About 30% of people over the age of 65 lose their balance and suffer a fall each year. Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is an effective way to maintain or enhance skeletal mass in low-mobility individuals without the risks associated with high-impact exercise.
Whole body Vibration stimulates the primary endings of the muscle spindles, activating alpha-motor neurons resulting in muscle contractions. Studies (see research below) have shown that WBV is associated with increases in lower limb muscle strength.
Often, as an individual realizes that they are out of balance and about to fall, the mind activates the responses to prevent the fall but the individual does not have the muscle strength in their lower limbs to regain their balance.
WBV delivers mechanical loading to the skeleton, which increases bone mass and improves postural balance by strengthening skeletal muscles. Balance and gait are improved by enhanced muscle control effected by routine whole body vibration exercise. Strengthening skeletal muscles has a direct effect on coordination and balance.
Related Research Articles
Read excerpts of actual research findings below and click on the research article links below to learn more. Articles will appear in a new window- Whole Body Vibration Exercise in Elderly People -
“Balance-function improved significantly after 6 months of exercise.”
“These results suggest that Whole Body Vibration possibly prevents falling and femoral neck fracture by improving standing balance in elderly subjects.”
- Whole Body Vibration in Elderly and its Influence on Muscle Performance, Balance and Mobility -
“In nursing home residents with limited functional dependency, six weeks static Whole Body Vibration exercise is feasible, and is beneficial for balance and mobility.”
“Lower body flexibility improved significantly in the Whole Body Vibration group.”
- Vibration Therapy Improves Walk, Balance in Elderly. -
“After just 3 weeks or 9 sessions, a great improvement in get-up-and-go.”
“After 6 weeks of therapy, patients in the vibrating group showed:
- 143% improvement in physical function.
- 41% improvement in pain reduction.
- 60% increase in vitality.
- 23% improvement in general health.
- 57% improvement in quality of walking.
- 77% improvement in equilibrium.
- 39% decrease in time required to get up and go.”