Preventative Science

History and Science Behind Vibration Therapy and Wellness Programs

Vibration therapies and wellness programs possess a wide spectrum of benefits both physiological and psychological. These benefits include: increases in strength, neural function, bone density, balance, flexibility, coordination, growth hormone and detoxification ability.

Brief History:

As a therapy, whole body vibration (WBV) was explored by Russian Scientist Vladimir Nazarov, who tested vibration on cosmonauts, in an effort to decrease the loss of muscle and bone mass in space. This was done due to the smaller gravitational force in space which causes rapid muscle atrophy and decreases bone density increasing the risk of bone fractures. The induced tremor increases metabolism (increased VO2) and detoxification through lymphatic circulation.

People exercising on a whole body vibrating platform work all of their structural body muscles harder in a shorter period of time. The Z-Axis (up and down) has the largest amplitude and is the most defining component in generating and inducing muscle contractions. Due to this subconscious contraction of the muscles, many more muscle fibers are used than in a conscious voluntary movement. (1) This is also obvious from the heightened EMG activity. (2, 3)

Targeted Biomechanical Stimulation (BMS) was developed in 1970 by Vladimir Nazarov for conditioning Soviet Athletes. BMS relies on an exclusively mechanical action directly applied to specific human muscles by means of vibration having a specific frequency and amplitude in accordance with the desired application. This differs from Whole Body Vibration (WBV) where a person stands upon a vibrating surface and vibration forces are transmitted to the entire muscle and tendon structure by way of bones and joints. The vibrations, which resemble and imitate the natural vibrations of the body, act upon the strained or expanded muscles along the muscle fiber. By purposely influencing the vibrational parameters of the body BMS generates positive effects on the blood circulation and our lymphatic systems.

Lymph, unlike the blood, does not have a circulatory system but relies on the movements of the muscles for its proper functioning. BMS can stimulate lymph flow since with vibration, a vacuum is periodically created. (4) Improved movements of the muscles caused by BMS may allow the body part to experience significantly increased blood circulation. The rapid contraction and relaxation of the muscles at 20 – 50 times per second basically works as a pump on the blood vessels and lymphatic vessels, increasing the speed of the blood flow through the body. (5, 6) Subjects often experience this as a tingling, prickling, warm sensation in the skin. Both Stewart and Oliveri describe the appearance of vasodilation (widening of the blood vessels) as a result of vibration. (7, 8)

BMS and Pain:

BMS plays an important role in the perception of pain, not just due to the production of endorphins but also because of the suppression of the nozioceptive pathways. BMS is superior to Standard Resistant Exercises (SRE) because it can accomplish the same results in less time and with less perceived effort. It is also available to injured people with impaired control over their body due to pain, injury or inability.

BMS and Neural Reconditioning:

An exciting application of BMS is its ability to increase neural coordination and efficiency. BMS has shown to “… increase in motor unit synchronization, co-contraction of the synergist muscles, and / or increased inhibition of the antagonist muscles. “(9) BMS also “induced an improvement of the neuromuscular efficiency of the muscles involved in the vibration treatment.” (10) The fact that BMS also has a history of effectiveness with strokes, Parkinson’s and M.S. suggests that the improvement in neural functioning may go beyond simply increasing coordination. BMS may in fact stimulate nerve re-growth in all tissues of the body. As such BMS may have a therapeutic role in all neural injuries.


Vibration therapies and wellness programs possess a wide spectrum of benefits both physiological and psychological. These benefits include: increases in strength, neural function, bone density, balance, flexibility, coordination, growth hormone and detoxification ability.


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Exercise affects the brain in many ways. It increases heart rate, which pumps more oxygen to the brain. It also aids the bodily release of a plethora of hormones, all of which participate in aiding and providing a beneficial environment for the development of brain cells.

The human brain was once thought to be complete at birth and not capable of growing new brain cells but, a 1999 Salk Institute study showed that the adult human brain is capable of producing new cells through a process called neurogenesis. More recent studies have tried to determine exactly how the brain builds these new cells. One thing is certain: physical exercise helps build brains. It’s thought that exercise stimulates the production of a brain protein called Noggin, which drives the production of neurogenesis and stem cells. Running increases the brain’s ability to grow new cells, and the more miles that you run, the more new brain cells you can grow.



Many studies show that stretching will improve flexibility and your range of joint motion. Better flexibility may help improve performance, decrease risk of injuries, help your joints move through a full range of motion, and also enable your muscles to work effectively. Stretching also aids in increasing blood flow to muscles.

Yoga & Meditation:

Meditation exercise, like yoga, is a great way to stretch and improve flexibility. This type of exercise combining stretching with meditation can help you focus and quiet your mind. This allows for better concentration and a decrease in stress, which helps the brain to function better.

Yoga teaches the deliberate command of movement and breathing, with the aim of turning on the body’s “relaxation response”. Science increasingly backs this claim. For example, a 2010 study by Boise State put participants through eight weeks of daily yoga and meditation practice. In parallel with self-reported stress-reduction, brain scans showed shrinkage of part of their amygdala, a deep-brain structure strongly implicated in processing stress, fear, and anxiety.

Meditation is also known to extend life by slowing down cellular aging. People who meditate regularly say that they not only feel happier but are better able to deal with the day-to-day challenges of life.

Jogging or Running:

This type of exercise is great for those who have a lot of energy and find it hard to focus. Running for as little as 15 minutes may reduce that excess energy enough for you to power through a few hours of work without getting distracted. Going for a quick run is also a great way to bring on a rush of serotonin, which can instantly boost your mood.

Inversion Table

Numerous individuals report that inversion table treatment is an extraordinary method to stretch ligaments and muscles, decrease muscle contractions, and enhance circulation. Stretching fortifies the lymph organs to expand the stream of lymphatic fluids; some portion of the body’s waste disposal system. Essentially, cellular health relies upon great blood circulation to convey support and expel waste.

Inversion table treatment additionally aids in relieving stress and motion sickness. Furthermore, the body turns out to be more mindful of its balance and spatial orientation when the inner ear is stimulated during inversion.

Strength Training:

“Muscle strength is crucial in making it easier to do thing you need to do on a day-today basis.” Neal Pire, CSCS, an activity physiologist and the national chief of wellbeing administrations at Castle Connolly Private Health Partners, New York City.

Strength training is additionally called resistance training because it includes fortifying and conditioning your muscles by contracting them against an opposing power. There are two kinds of strength training:

Isometric resistance training includes contracting your muscles against a nonmoving item, for example, against the floor while performing a push-up.

Isotonic resistance training includes contracting your muscles through a scope of movement as in weight lifting.


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Since the 1960s many studies have shown that enrichment enhances functional recovery after brain damage.

While solid motor control combined with aggressive nature can recognize top competitors, poor motor control may likewise be a basic purpose behind defective movement and lead to injuries.

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Over the last 30 years many different types of brain damage have been modelled in animals or directly studies in humans. According to a report written on these studies from group of neuroscientists at both the Universite Louis Pasteur Strasbourg France and the University of California at Berkley, the comparisons were of the relative effectiveness of physical exercise, and of training on structural and functional assessments for injury recovery.

The results of these various studies showed that although physical exercise may have positive effects, that training and learning is generally more effective than physical exercise in treatment.

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