Whole Body Vibration for Weight Loss, building Bone Density, beneficial maintenance in Neurological diseases, and Cortisol and Cellulite Reduction
Healing your body from the stress you put it under is a challenge for us all. You can accelerate your process by visiting La Casa and spending time with our Whole Body Vibration machine. Below you will find a video and details for how it works so you can see for yourself what the “easier” way is if you want to start healing your body from the inside-out. New York City clients, please call 212-673-2272 to schedule your appointment today.
WHOLE BODY VIBRATION (WBV)20 minutes: $30
The most effective way of exercising is to make sure that every cell of the body is moving. La Casa has an exercise machine that accomplishes this. We call it Whole Body Vibration (WBV), and you merely stand on a platform that vibrates. It has been shown that ten minutes of whole body vibration exercising is worth over 1 hour of other forms of strenuous exercise. Because of the supreme effectiveness of this simple exercise, whole body vibration is now used by major medical, rehabilitation & therapeutic centers across the country.
This therapy is ideal for weight loss, building bone density, as well as for accruing all the usual benefits of exercise. Scientists theorize that the rhythmic movement of body vibration exercises cells so they work better. Vibration prompts movement of the cell nucleus, which is suspended by numerous threadlike fibers called filaments. In addition, the movement releases transcription factors that spur new osteoblasts, the cells that make bone. With age, the balance of bone production versus bone loss and destruction tips to the loss side. Whole body vibration also works well on slow-healing fractures. In the case of an injury, vibration acts on stem cells, the master controllers of the healing process. The mechanism here is that stem cells invade the injured area, and healing is sped up.
Maintaning Parkison’s Disease and other Neurological Disorders
This comment is from Glenn Rothfield MD, a well-known holistic physician who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease 20 years ago:
“I’ve been able to keep my Parkinson’s from advancing for about a dozen years now, and that’s largely due to staying physically active. You’ve probably heard that exercise can improve your strength, flexibility, motor control, balance, and endurance if you’ve got PD — as a meta-analysis found once again earlier this year — but it turns out that certain types of exercise may actually be better than others. And there are some therapeutic approaches that you may have never heard of before but are worth a try.
With Full Body Vibration, or FBV, you do exercises on vibrating plates. The theory behind it is that, when your balance is thrown off by the vibrations, multiple muscle groups throughout your body respond by contracting and relaxing in an attempt to stabilize your posture. The result is a whole-body workout utilizing most of the muscles in your body.
Working out on these plates has been shown to improve mobility and posture in several studies using patients with Parkinson’s, as well as other neurological diseases that affect posture.”
According to Clinton Rubin, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the State University of New York in Stony Brook, bone and fat come from the same cell. A primary stem cell can become muscle, bone or fat. Scientists have found that the gentle whole body vibrations cause the cell to turn into bone to tolerate the vibration. You are obviously better off if when more cells become bone cells. Whole body vibration accomplishes this conversion: in building bone density and reducing fat cells.
In one study, mice exposed to the whole body vibrating platform formed 30 percent less fat. A study of women showed the same effect. Post-menopausal women who stood on the vibrating plate maintained their bone mass, while those who didn’t lost about 3%.
Building Bone Density
Whole Body Vibration was used by the Russian space program to help astronauts counteract the effects of zero gravity from being in space. Without the force of gravity pulling on the skeleton, astronauts lose bone at the rate of 0.2% per month. Conversely, a professional tennis player may have 30% more bone on his playing arm. Unfortunately, most of us tend to simulate the life of an astronaut rather than the life of an athlete. As a result, one gets increasingly weaker over time.
Decades of scientific studies support the effect of gentle vibration on increasing bone density. Most recently, sheep were treated with vibration to their legs for 20 minutes a day. The sheep had 30% more bone in their legs than did untreated animals after one year.
To build bone, you have to beat it up. You have to punish your skeleton a bit. Low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, and cycling are good for your heart and muscle tone, but they don’t do much for your bones. High-impact activities, such as running and weightlifting, build bone. Shocks to bone only make it stronger. Bone is living tissue, and it responds to your activities. Mechanical stress — the impact of your feet pounding pavement, the weight of a barbell, or the shock that travels up your arm when you whack a baseball — creates microscopic fractures. Your bone not only repairs the tiny fractures, but it also responds by building more bone on top of them.
Post-menopausal women are the most at risk for losing bone. The end result can be osteoporosis: bones so brittle that even the stress of ordinary activities can snap them. But, men aren’t immune. The rapid bone loss that leads to osteoporosis starts about 10 years later in men than in women – around the age of 60. It has long been known that exercise helps build bone density and prevent age-related bone loss and fractures.
Another study conducted by researchers at the Medical College of Georgia found that 12 weeks of daily 30-minute vibration improved bone density around the hip joint, femur and the long leg bone in mature mice equal to humans aged 55 to 65. All of the improved density measurements reduce the likelihood of a hip fracture, one of the most common causes of disability in the elderly. The researchers also found a reduction in a biomarker that indicates bone breakdown and an increase in the surface area involved in bone formation in the vibrating group.
Osteoporosis affects an estimated 75 million people in Europe, USA and Japan, including over 10 million cases in the United States, and the incidence is rising rapidly due to our aging population. Between 1990 and 2000, there was nearly a 25% increase in hip fractures worldwide. By 2050, the worldwide incidence of hip fracture in men is projected to increase by 310% and 240% in women.
A 10% loss of bone mass in the vertebrae can double the risk of vertebral fractures, and similarly, a 10% loss of bone mass in the hip can result in a 2.5 times greater risk of hip fracture. Nearly 75% of all hip fractures occur in women and about 25% of hip fractures in people over 50 occurs in men. The combined lifetime risk for hip, forearm and vertebral fractures coming to clinical attention is around 40%, equivalent to the risk for cardiovascular disease.
And, it is never too early to start. Clinicians and researchers feel that it is crucial to build up as much bone as you can during the first 20-30 years of your life, so that when you reach the age when bone loss accelerates, the effect won’t be devastating. It’s a little like investing in the stock market. If you have $1 million and you lose 90% of it in a market crash, you’re still left with more than most people earn in a year. But, if you’ve only invested $10,000, what’s left probably couldn’t cover a month’s rent.
Exercise Benefits – Strength and Flexibility
The human body has an innate reflexive response to disruptions in stability (think: doctor hitting below your knee cap). On the platform, the vibration causes muscles to instinctively stretch and contract: both movements occur rapidly and intensely at a rate of 30-50 times per second and the force placed on muscle fibers is increased by three times the force of gravity.
Exercise causes the body to tire; rest allows the body to recover. By repeating this process, the body adjusts to the level of effort, resulting in an increase in physical performance. This phenomenon, called super-compensation, similarly occurs when training on the WBV platform. However, compared with traditional training methods, greater results are achieved and hormonal production is increased in much less time.
Each set is performed no longer than 30, 45, or 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 on the platform.
You will see the results of increased flexibility each time you do a WBV work-out. Touch your toes before your set, and again after the set. You’ll be amazed.
This is a perfect activity for people who have limited time to do strength training or have difficulty with free weights.
Specific Benefits of Whole Body Vibration
• Improves muscle strength and performance
• Increase flexibility and range of motion
• Enhances critical blood flow throughout the body (oxygenation and lymph drainage)
• Increases secretion of hormones that are important in regeneration and repair processes, such as HGH (Human Growth Hormone), IGF-1, and testosterone.
• Increases bone density
• Reduces appearance of cellulite
• Increases the happiness hormone serotonin, as well as neurotrophine, a substance that supports our thinking process.
• Decreases cortisol levels
• Rehabilitates injuries and ailments
• Enhances strength
• Enhances training results
• Speeds training recovery
• Accelerates weight loss
• Reduces lower back pain
• Enhances pain reduction
• Improves collagen production
• Eliminates the effects of stress