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Frequently Asked Questions

Is whole body vibration something new?
Is vibration training safe?
Has research been done on whole body vibration?
What makes vibration machines different from traditional training equipment?
How do vibration platforms work?
Is there an age limit to use the machines?
How can whole body vibration help with aging?
How can whole body vibration help with weight loss?
Can vibration training improve flexibility?
Will this help with osteoporosis?
Will this help with fibromyalgia?
My condition isn't listed, will this still work?
How many times per week should I use whole body vibration?
Who are ideal users of the machine?
How do I set up the machine?
How do I get started?

Is whole body vibration something new?

Not at all! Vibration technology has been around since the 1880s, when it was first introduced as vibrating chairs to help with back and muscle ache. The same principles were then developed into training equipment for Russian athletes and later adopted by the Russian space program. With the collapse of the Soviet Union, this technology spread to the West, where it was adopted and improved by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). NASA has utilized vibration machines to prevent bone loss, muscle loss, and circulation issues of astronauts during space missions. Since then vibration machines have become common in gyms, fitness arenas, hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and homes worldwide. There have been numerous studies conducted over the years proving the effectiveness of the machines and illustrating the benefits of whole body vibration. [Back to Top]

Is vibration training safe?

Yes. Whole body vibration machines are safe and beneficial enough that they have been incorporated into hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and physical therapy clinics across the world. Vibration training machines work by amplifying the natural occurrences seen in the body every day. The body generates frequencies between 5 and 10 HZ at rest; whole body vibration amplifies this natural frequency to generate a neuromuscular response without additional effort. The safe, easy and low impact applications of whole body vibration are the exact reasons why they are used by trainers, physicians and therapists every day! [Back to Top]

Has research been done on whole body vibration?

Vibration machines have been the subject of scientific and clinician research for more than 40 years. As technology evolves, it is naturally to be skeptical and question the effectiveness behind newly popular equipment. A considerable number of studies have been published in notable and respected peer-reviewed journals (such as Medicine & Science in Sports & Science) and have reached the collective conclusion that whole body vibration is a safe, effective tool for improving on muscular strength, toning, weight loss, pain reduction, and more. [Back to Top]

Want to see more? We've put together an extensive collection of whole body vibration studies, including studies on specific conditions like muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's disease, on our Supporting Research page.

What makes vibration machines different from traditional training equipment?

Whole body vibration offers a number of advantages over traditional fitness activities. Standard fitness equipment only exerts pressure on one plane. What the means is that equipment like biceps or triceps machines only contract and exert force on the muscles in one direction. Your muscles only benefit when they are moving in one particular way. The same effect can be seen on treadmills, where the belt moves in one direction and only stimulates muscle activity on one plane. What makes whole body vibration machines so different is that the vibration plate is constantly moving in two different planes, and in four changing directions – up and down on both sides. This layered impact stimulates a greater percent of muscle integration, recruits more muscle fibers and helps generate more stability than conventional exercise equipment. In addition, low impact vibration training has proven to increase bone density, treat lower back pain, and improve circulation when compared to standard fitness activities. By avoiding traditional heavy weights or unstable positions, whole body vibration is appropriate for individuals that can't complete standard gym routines. [Back to Top]

How do vibration platforms work?

Vibration platforms utilize vibration in order to stimulate muscles and associated muscle and bone. As the plate moves it transfers the generated oscillations from the plate into the muscles and surrounding tissue. Muscles react to this stimulation by rapidly contracting and relaxing, which improves circulation while creating a heavy workload. The muscle action of rapid contraction and relaxation (totaling dozens of times per second) allows you to have a substantial work out in a relative short amount of time. [Back to Top]

Is there an age limit to use these machines?

Not at all. A large portion of the studies conducted about these machines involves testing the effects on those in their upper 60s and 70s, with results showing that they provide a low impact workout they can handle and benefit from. Some of these benefits include increasing bone density and treating lower back pain, two of the most frequent ailments that plaque the elderly population. Exercises that utilize whole body vibration machines provide you with the opportunity to undergo intense physical activity that is less stressful on the joints, tendons and ligaments, thus allowing you to carry out these and other activities without worry of injury. [Back to Top]

How can WBV help with anti-aging?

Aging is an unavoidable process which every person goes through. Whether it be mental, physical, or social change, each one of us will have to go through it at one point. One of the biggest issues related to aging is degeneration of bone and muscle. Whole body vibration offers people a successful alternative to help treat and alleviate these issues. There are a number of studies that examined the effects of vibration platform machines on bone and muscle components. An example of this would be one done by the Department of Health at the University of Dayton which tested whole body vibration on muscular and skeletal performance and structural stabilization. After several trials, the researchers found that the vibration platforms increased bone density, muscular strength, functional mobility, and balance. Just one example of many studies done that illustrate why those fighting symptoms of aging love this product. [Back to Top]

How can whole body vibration help with weight loss?

Weight loss is governed by one of the most vital processes in our bodies – our metabolism. The metabolism is our body’s means of burning calories for supplying us with energy. What causes weight gain is that when we eat heavier and foods and don’t partake in physical activity, the amount of calories you burn each day will be reduced greatly, thus gaining weight. On the opposite end, eating healthier and working out leads to you increasing your daily caloric burn, thus losing weight. Whole body vibration machines have been time tested in several research studies to increase metabolism, thus causing weight loss. The first step to losing weight is getting your metabolism under control, so why not use a proven method for maintaining that step. [Back to Top]

Can WBV machines improve flexibility?

Yes, whole body vibration has proven to increase range of motion and flexibility. Several researchers have conducted studies to order to investigate this issue, and after numerous trials carried out over the years, they have each found that vibration platform technology is a dynamic and efficient tool for improving range of motion and flexibility. For a full breakdown of this and more, please refer to the Vibration Training and Therapeutic Uses section found in the toolbar above. [Back to Top]

Will this work osteoporosis?

The skeletal is one of the most essential components of the human body. Without it, our major organs and tissues would not be protected, and the structure that allows us to stand straight and move would not exist. One of the most devastating plagues to bone health is osteoporosis, a degenerative bone condition that thins bone and makes it rigid. A central factor of this condition is BMD – bone mineral density. If someone has a lower BMD, then their bones acre likely to fracture and damage, making the patient very limited in their movement while experiencing intense pain. The only means of increasing someone’s BMD is through physical activity, which will allow for bone growth cells to become activated and spread throughout the body. The issue with that is for someone with osteoporosis, the amount and intensity of activity they can actually do is extremely limited because of the condition of their bones. So what option do these people have? Vibration platforms have proven to increase bone density over time, as seen in a number of clinical trials and studies conducted by researchers worldwide, with a majority of them showing that vibration machines are effective at activating osteoblasts (bone growth cells) and thus initiating and accomplishing bone ossification (the process of bone growth). Whole body vibration machines have massive impact on the skeletal system and conditions associated with it, including osteoporosis. [Back to Top]

Will this work for fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a common syndrome that attacks the muscular system and causes intense pain across the body. The muscular system is the component of the body that allows us to move all of our appendages, pump all our blood to and from the heart, and send nutrients across the body, so to say that this part of the body is absolutely vital for everyday health is an understatement. When someone is infected with this condition, it will prevent them from carrying out most types of physical activity; active movement and fitness activities are the only ways in which someone can recruit for muscle fibers, thus making muscles stronger and reduce pain and other symptoms of fibromyalgia. Because of their physical limitations, one of the only effective and affordable options for someone with this illness has been whole body vibration machines. In an array of multiple clinic trials run throughout the years researchers have found that these platforms have shown to be statistically significant at improving pain and fatigue reduction in comparison to the other standard exercise practices or equipment. [Back to Top]

My condition wasn’t listed here, will this still work for it?

Vibration platform technology has been proven to help with a multitude of conditions and ailments besides osteoporosis and fibromyalgia. Clinical research has demonstrated that whole body vibration produces a solution to several debilitating symptoms cause by diseases and illnesses found in nearly every body system, from the central nervous, muscular and skeletal system, to the circulatory, digestive and respiratory system. Some of the afflictions that are impacted by whole body vibration include emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, arthritis, rheumatism, and so much more. Detailed description of how these and several more biological and physical circumstances have been benefited by vibration platform machines can be found in the Therapeutic Uses section found in the toolbar above. [Back to Top]

How many times per week should I use whole body vibration machines?

Most vibration training workouts will range between 10 and 20 minutes, although some may recommend sessions lasting as long as 30 minutes. The programs that have shown to be the most effective at achieving results are those where the number of vibration training workouts ranges from three to five times per week. In order to get quicker and better effects from the platform, you can use can adjust the machine to a higher intensity as well as increasing the duration of the time spent on the platform per workout. [Back to Top]

Who are ideal users of these machines?

The users for these machines range from professional athletes, models, actors, and patients in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, to those simply looking for effective training and therapy solutions while at home. [Back to Top]

How do I set up the machine?

Now that you have a machine, have an idea for how the machine works and the mechanisms that determine the vibration and acceleration, how do you set the machine? At what hertz and amplitude should you set it for optimal results? There's no one universal answer, and it depends largely on your level of fitness and the goals you've set for yourself.
Many recommend operating the machine at frequencies set to less than 30Hz. Start at lower frequencies, around 15Hz might be a good place to start, and see how your body responds as you increase it.
As far as amplitude is concerned, higher levels lead to greater movement of the platform and the muscles. Like with frequency, see where your body feels comfortable and set it to that level. Amplitude that's too low may not provide you with the full benefit of the machine, while amplitude that actually bounces you so much that it lifts you off of the platform will not be effective, either. [Back to Top]

How do I get started with vibration machines?

The best way to get started with vibration training is to try out the machine yourself. Check if your gym has vibration machines and hop on one of them to give it a try. If you have a personal trainer, ask him if he knows anything about the technology. Those who attend physical therapy or see a chiropractor may find that these professionals feature one of these machines in their office. Give it a try if it's available.
But if you are suffering from any medical condition, seek medical advice before trying the machine. If you plan to use it, speak with your doctor about developing a safe exercise routine.
Some of the individuals who generally should not use the machine or who should first seek medical advice include those who are pregnant, wear a pacemaker, or who have epilepsy, cancer, tumors, diabetes, issues with the joints, heart problems, problems with discs, blood clots, severe migraines, hernia, and vascular diseases. Vibration training has been used as a therapy for those with certain neuromuscular conditions, although these patients should first seek medical advice, too.
Once you decide to purchase a machine for your own personal use, start out by getting a feel for it. Research some exercises (our Exercise Guide is a good place to start), but the first thing you should do is simply stand on the platform on a low frequency for a while. Get a feel for the vibrations, and gradually increase frequency until you feel you've reached your limit. For most, the limit is around 30Hz to 40Hz. Many feel most comfortable using it around 30 Hz, although users differ in their preferences and tolerance.
Perhaps the very best thing you can do is immerse yourself in vibration training information. Research it, look at the various studies that have been conducted, and figure out a good exercise routine that suits your fitness level. [Back to Top]