Brief Overview of Whole Body Vibration

History of the Technology

Whole Body Vibration (WBV) technology was originally developed by the Russian space program over 40 years ago. They used it to rehabilitate their cosmonauts who lost bone density and muscle strength from being in zero gravity conditions in space. Over the years the technology was developed and today it’s being used by athletes looking to gain a competitive edge, chiropractors looking to enhance their practice offerings, and by women as a way to treat osteoporosis that doesn’t involve expensive prescription drugs.

How & Why it works

A WBV platform produces a vibration through which energy is transferred from the platform to the body, resulting in rapid acceleration and deceleration of the body. This loads and stimulates every cell in the body, producing physiologic effects just as exercise, only much faster, since the body now experiences loading and unloading up to 1500x per minute! Exercise causes the body to tire. When repeating this process of fatiguing over a time period of let’s say 4-6 weeks, the body adjusts to the level of effort, resulting in an increase in physical performance.

When standing on the platform you will notice how your body automatically adjusts to the vibrations. By positioning the body in various postures on the vibrating platform different muscles are targeted. This loading, combined with the rapid mechanical stimulus of the platform produces a stretch reflex which, depending on the selected frequency, results in muscles contracting 20 to 50 times per second! Because the body is constantly reacting to the vibrating platform, greater results are achieved and hormonal production is increased in much less time when compared to traditional training methods.

Each set should be no longer than 60 seconds in length, and training sessions need to be performed no more than 3 to 4 times per week with each session lasting about 10 minutes of actual time.

Positive Effects of WBV

WBV increases the production of regenerative and repair hormones, improves blood circulation, strengthens bone tissue, improves lymph drainage and increases basal metabolic rate. All this results in more strength, more speed, more stamina, rapid recovery of muscles and tissue, increased flexibility, mobility and coordination, improved collagen production, and fat reduction. WBV offers detoxfootbath a wide range of possibilities for use in the areas of Sports, Health, Fitness, Medical, Beauty, and Rehabilitation.

Health Warning

If you have any known medical condition, or any physical limitation on your ability to exercise, PowerVibe strongly recommends that you seek the advice of a physician before using Whole Body Vibration. This list of contraindications is not absolute.

o Pregnancy
o Acute Thrombosis
o Serious Cardiovascular Disease
o Pacemaker
o Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
o Acute hernia, Discopathy, Spondylolysis
o Severe Diabetes
o Tumors
o Recent Surgeries

Research is still being conducted on the effects of vibration on a variety of medical conditions. Practical experience indicates that there are a number of disorders where it is beneficial to integrate Whole Body Vibration training into ones treatment.

Matt Gigliotti has been using Whole Body Vibration technology for the past 10 years and is an owner and President of PowerVibe LLC – a leading company in quality yet affordable Whole Body Vibration equipment in the United States.


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