Whole body vibration therapy is a method used during physical therapy and neurorehabilitation. During whole body vibration therapy, vibrations are emitted from a platform while a patient sits or stands on top of it. For more localized treatment, your therapist may use a vibrating device instead of the platform. This technology was first used by the French neurologist Jean-Martin Charcot during the 19th century.
4 benefits whole body vibration can have for you during a physical therapy session
- Rebuilds muscle strength — This type of therapy is effective at rebuilding muscle strength and function. The vibrations from the platform produce muscle contractions that can strengthen the muscle.
- Prevents bone loss — This technique was actually used in space programs to prevent further bone loss in astronauts. Astronauts were found to experience bone deterioration as a result of space travel. It’s used by NASA even today to prevent and reduce bone loss in astronauts.
- Reduces fat mass in the body — A study conducted in 2019 and published by the Journal of Musculoskeletal and Neuronal Interactions found that whole body vibration therapy could potentially reduce fat mass in the body.
- Can correct posture and gait — Jean-Martin Charcot was one of the first to use whole body vibration. During the 19th century, he used it to treat those with gait issues. Today, it’s used during rehabilitation for a variety of conditions, in some cases, even as preventive care. This type of therapy has improved posture, gait and balance in a large number of patients.
Can a physical therapist provide whole body vibration therapy?
Let the experts at SOL Physical Therapy provide you with effective treatment for your conditions. Whole body vibration therapy is particularly effective for weak muscles, circulation, excess fat mass, posture and gait. We can help you improve your quality of life through proven physical therapy techniques designed to treat your condition at its source.
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