Whole body vibration information from credible and knowledgeable authors, in paperback or downloadable sources, remain rather scarce.
Yes, you can find plenty of “so called” whole body vibration how-to, comparison charts, awards and guides… the internet if full of them. But, very few are what we would consider reliable or trustworthy sources as most come from the marketers pushing their given brands. Quite frankly very few, if any, really understand what their talking about let alone practice what they preach.
Not to change the article topic but, to date there remains only two vibration machine performance testings with factual and relevant evaluations as compared to the global research.
The original Vibration Training Device platform comparisons where done in 2008 by an Italian enthusiast, Sasha Marvin. His site is still active today, yet unfortunately his blog is not. Using sophisticated equipment he rated the vibration machines he could get his hands on for their true performance specs of frequency in Hz (cycles per second) amplitude in MM (peak to peak plate travel) Load resistance in G force and sound levels. Note: he had no interest in testing anything from china at the time.
Hypervibe funded Whole Body Vibration Buyers Guide. Beginning in 2010 Australian tests on 12 machines saw an independent vibration engineering firm present their findings of true speed in frequency, amplitude and G’s. Late in 2011 these tests would grow to include commercial platforms from Europe and other popular brands in the market place. A collective effort from two locations in Canada and a third from the United States, would further test another 28 machines by 3 additional independent vibration engineering firms. Their results then weighed against the global research confirmed only 10 machines would make the grade, each capable of delivering the accurate performance needed to produce all the beneficial findings. Now it’s important to note here that Hypervibe Australia did in fact fund this given tests, but their findings remains like the earlier Italian testing, the only ones of their kind. Done by independent engineers using sophisticated equipment capable of accurately measuring a vibration machines performance specifications. Then comparing the findings with researched settings of the actual platforms used in said research.
All other so called comparisons remain biased and fabricated charts or so called self-proclaimed rewards using either inaccurate measurements of speeds, features, fake quality levels “1,2,3”and fake professors or professionals. Even going as far as claiming a machines ability to treat a given health concern like “Best for weight loss” Last but not lease references to Astronauts, athletes and celebrities…. without a shred of evidence to how any of it relates to their products “Sales Pitch”
Anyway, back to the books…..
1. Using Whole Body Vibration in Physical Therapy and Sport. Written by 3 accredited researchers Alfio Albasini, Martin Krause, Ingo Volker Rembitzki . Best suited for guiding professionals, this innovative new manual demonstrates the application of vibration technology to the treatment of pathologies such as osteoporosis, osteopenia, stroke and different musculoskeletal disorders. It covers pathology on the upper and lower extremities as well as the whole spine. New treatment strategies are practically and logically presented with recommended exercises and accompanying instructions that can be applied using the vibration platforms. Rationale is given for selected vibration frequencies, amplitudes and modes for the duration and frequency of the exercise session. The manual is grounded in evidence underpinned by a thorough literature review (including a balanced view of both pros and cons) and clinical cases. The authors present clinical treatment parameters that are evidence-based and have supportive physiological rationale that is consistent with the nature of the pathology being treated. The text is further supported by online access to over 35 video clips demonstrating the possible treatment exercises.
Vibration Plate Exercises The book is written by Toronto based Dr. Mohsen Kazemi, describes WBV exercise programs ideal for busy people who desire to keep active but do not have enough time. Competitive athletes will gain the edge that they need to win in strength, power, endurance and overall performance participating in the WBV programs demonstrated in this book. The book also describes WBV for those who require softer, more natural exercise, that enhances balance, hormones and bone density – this is the perfect exercise for elderly people who desire to increase their strength, balance and overall wellness. Specific WBV programs in this book are designed to help you achieve your goals, from increasing your bone density, losing weight, strengthening your core to specifically focusing and strengthening your upper or lower limbs. Note: Dr. Kazemi’s preference is sonic / lineal vibration. Some of the referenced possess would not apply to use on a pivotal platform, still a good reference to start your training library. Available in hard copy only and through this blog by contacting us directly.
Sitting Kills, Moving Heals This referenced book by Joan Vernikos Ph.D. is not on the direct topic of vibration training or therapy, yet shares groundbreaking new medical work demonstrates how modern sedentary lifestyles contribute to poor health, obesity, and diabetes, and how health can be dramatically improved by continuous, low-intensity, movement that challenges the force of gravity. Citing her original NASA research on how weightlessness weakens astronauts’ muscles, bones, and overall health, the author presents a simple and effective plan for maintaining good health throughout life by developing new lifestyle habits of frequent gravity-challenging movement.