Whole Body Vibration Therapy

Space-age Therapy Has Good and Healthy Vibrations

Apparently, the old saying "if you don't use it, you lose it" especially applies when exploring space. WBV therapy simulates and even exceeds the beneficial impact of gravitational forces on the human body.
Triangular Oscillating Vibration Motion — Whole Body Vibration Therapy in Fort lauderdale, FL
As its name implies, WBV therapy is performed on a machine -- essentially a platform with handlebars -- that you stand on while it vibrates extremely rapidly underneath you; effectively vibrating your whole body. The machine in our office can pivot (seesaw movement) an amplitude (vertical distance) of 1-10 millimeters up to thirty times per second (30 hertz). The vibrational energy caused by this rapidly pivoting platform is transmitted upward throughout the body. The effect of this vibrational wave is to neurologically challenge/stimulate the body’s balance mechanism, producing involuntary rapid contraction of all the body's muscles in order to maintain balance. The workout happens reflexively to maintain equilibrium; you don't have to think about it or even move much.
The powerful health and fitness benefits produced by WBV are achieved with minimal body motion and time invested. The extreme efficiency is due to the high frequency and intensity of muscle contractions caused by the vibrational wave. In fact, WBV workouts must be limited to the maximum time of 10 minutes per day. The WBV workout requires limited body movement, as patients are instructed to maintain different static postural positions (standing, one leg standing, sitting, push up, squat, etc.) for up to 1 minute per prescribed pose. The ability to effectively exercise the static (non-moving) body is a unique advantage to WBV rehabilitation therapy because patient movement often is compromised.
Due to its many health benefits, backed by scientific research, WBV therapy is becoming more and more prevalent. Health professionals of all types, including orthopedists, chiropractors, physical therapists, neurologists, etc., are incorporating this effective rehabilitation modality. Due to the competitive advantage gained by WBV therapy, many professional athletes, sports teams, NASA, U.S. Olympic Training Center and major universities have incorporated it into their regular fitness routine. Prominent professional athletes such as LeBron James, Shaquille O'Neal, Lance Armstrong, J.D. Drew and others are reported users. Due to its powerful weight management and physically rejuvenating impact many prominent celebrities (Madonna, Gloria Estefan, Clint Eastwood, Jane Fonda, Heidi Klum) have become WBV therapy enthusiasts.
The following health benefits have been proven to be gained through WBV therapy:
1. Improved muscle strength, flexibility, and coordination
2. Increased bone density
3. Weight loss/management
4. Improved posture/core strength
5. Increased HGH (Human growth hormone) and Testosterone
6. Improved balance and neuromuscular coordination (proprioception)
7. Improved peripheral circulation and lymphatic drainage
8. Improved joint mobility

The following health conditions are helped by WBV therapy:
1. Low back and neck pain and rehabilitation
2. Hip, knee, ankle, foot pain and rehabilitation
3. Sports injuries and rehabilitation
4. Fibromyalgia
5. Peripheral neuropathy
6. Osteoporosis
7. Lymphedema
8. Obesity
9. Posture problems
10. Gait disturbances
11. Runner's Knee and iliotibial band syndrome
12. Shin splints
13. Plantar fasciitis
The powerful effect of this therapy must be experienced to be thoroughly understood. It does not take long to feel its therapeutic benefits. While most people can benefit, there are of course contraindications to this form of therapy; not everyone qualifies to receive WBV therapy. A proper health screen must be taken to ensure a positive and safe outcome.
Dr. Glen Bobker, a Chiropractic Physician, is in private practice at the Downtown Chiropractic & Orthotic Center, 1601 E. Broward Boulevard, (954) 463-1166.