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Shaking things up can be good, especially when it comes to whole-body vibration. You will see a lot of people around The Wellness Way clinics taking advantage of “vibing.” They might get strange looks sometimes as they stand on the vibe plate, but there are numerous advantages to taking time out of your day to shake things up. We like it because it helps support spinal correction and overall wellness, but it doesn’t end there.

What is a Vibe Plate?

We’re so glad you asked! You don’t want to miss out on the benefits of the vibe plate just because you didn’t know how beneficial it was. A vibe plate is a vibrating platform that causes your muscles to contract and relax dozens of times each second in response to the vibration. Essentially, the vibrations create instability, which makes the muscles work harder to stabilize the body. This can increase muscle activation and improve strength, balance, and flexibility.

The primary purpose of a vibration plate is to enhance traditional exercises, such as squats, lunges, push-ups, and planks. A vibration plate workout adds an extra challenge to the muscles. The added vibration also activates the circulatory, lymphatic, and nervous systems, offering many of the same benefits of regular exercise. This makes it an excellent low-stress enhancement for your routine or for those limited in their ability to exercise.

You might see vibe plates, also known as power plates, vibration platforms, or vibration plate machines at the gym or your local chiropractic clinic. They’re also used to improve results in physical therapy rehabilitation. If you want to incorporate vibration plate exercises daily, you can also order one online to use at home. They come in various designs, including platforms with handles for stability, and some even offer adjustable vibration intensity settings. Still think vibrating is good for phones but not people? Well, let us share some of our favorite benefits.

What Are the Benefits of Whole-Body Vibration?

Our Favorite Benefits of Vibration Plates

Here are 5 of our favorite effects of whole-body vibration training:

1 – Aids in Spinal Correction and Helps Hold Adjustments Longer

There is a reason you will find the vibe plate, or other whole-body vibration machines, at your local chiropractic clinic. It is a great tool to aid spinal correction and help hold chiropractic adjustments longer. That’s because whole-body vibration increases neuromuscular function, increases coordination, and strengthens postural muscles, all of which support a healthy spine.

2 – Supports Bone Health and May Reduce Fractures

About 25% of senior women in the United States have osteoporosis and are at risk of increased fractures. [1] That’s concerning, but there are steps you can take for prevention. You can protect your bones as you age with the benefits of whole-body vibration. The mechanical stress induced by the vibrations may stimulate bone remodeling and increase bone mineral density. [2] One study of 90 postmenopausal women found that after 6 months of regular whole-body vibration that hip bone density was increased by 1%. [3] NASA scientists have even found it can help prevent bone loss in astronauts. [4] Well, if it’s good enough for astronauts… Wait, there’s more! Because of how it improves balance, increases coordination and strengthens muscles it can reduce falls and fractures.

3 – Supports Fat Burning and Weight Loss

For those who are just starting a workout routine or want to add to their workout routine, whole-body vibration (WBV) could support fat burning. Research suggests WBV may slightly increase metabolic rate, increasing energy expenditure and aiding in fat loss. One study split obese mice into 3 groups. One group shook for 20 minutes, one was on the treadmill for 45 minutes, and the last group got to be lazy mice. The vibration had similar metabolic effects as walking on a treadmill, and both groups gained less weight than the lazy mice. [5] The vibrating mice even got results in less than half the time! That’s why you see the power plate at the gym.

4 – Supports the Immune System

Whole-body vibration supports the immune system due to its anti-inflammatory benefits and by improving the microbiome. Time on the vibe plate can increase the macrophages that suppress inflammation. [6] If your body has chronic inflammation, it can’t fight those pathogens as effectively, and a healthy gut is key to a healthy immune system. Whole-body vibration training also stimulates the lymphatic system which is important for detoxification and a healthy immune system.

5 – Supports Muscle Strength and Injury Recovery

Whole-body vibration training can also support strength training. High-frequency vibration activates muscles throughout the body, leading to increased muscle contractions and potentially enhancing muscle mass and strength. This effect can be especially beneficial for those looking to improve their muscle tone and overall strength. It can also be a noninvasive, drug-free way to speed up recovery after an injury. That’s because it helps with blood flow which gets oxygen and nutrients to your muscles and other tissues. In one study, wounds of mice who were exposed to vibration 5 times a week healed faster than mice in the control group. [7]

Other Benefits of Whole-Body Vibration

Here are some other commonly suggested benefits of whole-body vibration therapy:

  1. Supports blood circulation and lymphatic drainage [8]
  2. Supports flexibility and increased range of motion
  3. Improved balance and coordination
  4. Strengthens postural muscles [9]
  5. Supports neurological diseases and neuromuscular function [10]

While whole-body vibration offers many potential benefits, individual responses may vary. It should be used cautiously by those with certain health conditions or injuries. However, most people tolerate it very well.

Whole-Body Vibration is a Great Way to Keep Moving

With all the benefits of whole-body vibration, it’s a great way to keep your body moving. It is a great option for those who are physically limited. It is also good for women during weeks one and three of their cycle when they need to protect their hormones. The vibe plate and yoga are great for when they should be avoiding high-intensity activities but should still get things moving. We could pick one or two of the many health benefits of whole-body vibration as a great reason to do it. You don’t have to pick one or two benefits. They’re all included! It’s time to shake things up! — Join us!

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Disclaimer: This content is for educational purposes only. It’s not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Wellness Way clinic or personal physician, especially if currently taking prescription or over-the-counter medications. Pregnant women, in particular, should seek the advice of a physician before trying any herb or supplement listed on this website. Always speak with your individual clinic before adding any medication, herb, or nutritional supplement to your health protocol. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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