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Vibro Trainer Research

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RESEARCH

 

The Vibro Trainer has been extensively tested on people so it is suitable for people of all ages & fitness levels.
Since 2009 the Vibro Trainer has been designed to Australian scientific research specifications so that they are suitable for the widest range of people possible. Leaders in Australian Whole Body Vibration from the ACU in Melbourne, who are recognised in the scientific community and have published papers on vibration training, allowed us to use their specifications which they consider optimal for the human body.

The Vibro Trainer is based on physics and physiology
Of course the Vibro Trainer has been calibrated & checked so that the specifications stated such as amplitude and Hz range or frequency are accurate, as this is a necessary starting point for research. However the Vibro Trainer is not simply based on these engineering tests but tested as to it’s interaction with the human body.

The Vibro Trainer is currently being used in Independent Research Studies-:
With the University of Tasmania on vibration training for healthy aging.

With the ACU in Melbourne  on 2 studies: One on cerebral palsy and lung congestion and the other on diabetes. 

The MS Society also purchased a Vibro Trainer in October 2011 for a research study after an initial trial with people with MS at all stages showed promising signs of reduction in spasticity and increase in circulation and feelings of wellbeing.
The Vibro Trainer has also been used in St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney for rehabilitation by their large team of physiotherapists since July 2010. Outpatients are also coming in regularly to use the Vibro Trainer on their own and get the benefits, particularly reducing the tightness and corresponding pain and sleeplessness that normally accompanies recovery.
We are committed to ongoing research in the area of vibration training as we and the researchers are very excited about its further potential for helping the human body.

The Vibro Trainer has been proven to be safe and effective for use by the widest majority of people, even the elderly or those who have bad knees, back or hips, or who have had surgery on those areas. In fact research done on the Vibro Trainer at the ACU shows that it definitely assists in fall prevention.


Vibration training is particularly good for older people.

An important difference between conventional training methods and WBV (whole body vibration) is that there is only a minimum of loading. No additional weights are necessary, which ensures that there is very little loading to passive structures such as bones, ligaments and joints. That is why WBV is highly suited to people that are difficult to train due to old age, illness, disorders, weight or injury.

On the other hand, it is also highly suitable for professional athletes who want to stimulate and strengthen their muscles without overloading joints and the rest of the physical system (Cochrane et al. 2005[28]; Mahieu et al. 2006[29]).

Positive effect on bone mineral density
Other than its influence on the muscles, WBV can also have a positive effect on bone mineral density. Vibrations cause compression and remodeling of the bone tissue Mechanostat[30][31][32][33], activating the osteoblasts (bone building cells), while reducing the activity of the osteoclasts (cells that break bone down). Repeated stimulation of this system, combined with the increased pull on the bones by the muscles, will increase bone mineral density over time. It is also likely that improved circulation and the related bone perfusion due to a better supply of nutrients, which are also more able to penetrate the bone tissue, are contributing factors (Verschueren 2004[27], Jordan 2005[34], Olof Johnell & John Eisman, 2004[35], Rubin et al. 2004[36]).


Vibration Training can Prevent Muscle and Bone Loss

Furthermore the Berlin Bedrest Study (BBR) proved that 10 minutes of vibration training 6 times a week prevented muscle and bone loss in total bedrest over 55 days (Rittweger et al. 2004[3], Felsenberg et al. 2004[4], Bleeker et al. 2005[5], Blottner et al. 2006[37]).


Increased Muscle Power, Postural Control and Balance

In preventing falls and the bone fractures that often result from them, enhancing bone mineral density is not the only important issue.
Increased muscle power, postural control and balance are also factors worthy of consideration. Studies involving elderly subjects have shown that all of these issues can be improved using whole body vibration (Roelants et al. 2004[26], Bautmans et al. 2005[38],Bogaerts
et al. 2007[39], Kawanabe et al. 2007[40]).

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