Osteoporosis is a disease of the skeletal system characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Osteoporosis is a significant public health problem that leads to increased bone fragility and an increased risk of bone fractures typically in the wrist, hip, and spine.
Whole Body Vibration (WBV) therapy is an attractive alternative to drugs for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. The attractiveness of WBV lies in its ability to be applied in a low impact manner, which is critical for individuals with impaired mobility and attenuated muscle strength. There is no stress to the joints.
Studies show that WBV delivers mechanical loading to the skeleton, which increases bone mass and improves postural balance by strengthening skeletal muscles.
Weight bearing exercise is commonly accepted as a way to to increase bone density. WBV signals the brain to produce more bone mineral to handle the extra weight your body thinks it is carrying. With WBV their is no need to use actual weights, however smaller weights can be used to further strengthen muscles.
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- Effect Of 6-month Whole Body Vibration Training On Hip Density -
“Vibration training improved isometric and dynamic muscle strength (+15% and + 16%, respectively) and also significantly increased Bone Mineral Density of the hip (+0.93%).”
“These findings suggest that Whole Body Vibration training may be a feasible and effective way to modify well-recognized risk factors for falls and fractures in older women …”- Effect Of Whole-body Vibration Exercise On Chronic Back Pain In Osteoporotic Women -
“The results of this study suggest that Whole Body Vibration exercise appears to be useful in reducing chronic back pain, probably by relaxing the back muscles in post-menopausal osteoporotic women.”- Low-frequency Vibratory Exercise Reduces The Risk Of Bone Fracture More Than Walking -
“After 8 months, Bone Mineral Density at the femoral neck in the Whole Body Vibration group was increased by 4.3%.”
“Balance was improved in the Whole Body Vibration group (29%).”- Low-level, High-frequency Mechanical Signals Enhance Musculoskeletal Development -
“Short bouts of extremely low-level mechanical signals, several orders of magnitude below that associated with vigorous exercise, increased bone and muscle mass in the weight-bearing skeleton of young adult females with low Bone Mineral Density.”
“Should these musculoskeletal enhancements be preserved through adulthood, this intervention may prove to be a deterrent to osteoporosis in the elderly.”- Reversing Osteoporosis Naturally with Whole Body Vibration -
“It suffices to say at this point that Whole Body Vibration will stimulate the blood flow into all of the area of bone being stimulated.”
“By integrating Whole Body Vibration into the chiropractic offices around the country, doctors can safely proclaim that they are addressing one of the most pressing and prevalent health issues of our society in a balancing, supportive way.”- Whole Body Vibration Therapy for Osteoporosis -
“Several studies show that Whole Body Vibration therapy improves muscle and bone circulation, increasing the supply of nutrients needed to build bones.”- Whole Body Vibration As Potential Intervention For People With Osteoporosis -
“Whole Body Vibration has been examined as an intervention for maintaining or improving bone mass among people with low Bone Mineral Density, because it may emulate the mechanical strains observed during normal daily activities.”- Whole Body Vibration for Osteoporosis and Fall Prevention -
“The group using Whole Body Vibration had a significant decrease in the number of falls versus the control group.”
“A further study saw 89 post-menopausal women between the ages of 58-74 increase not just their leg strength with Whole Body Vibration, but their speed of movement.”