Benefits of Vibration Technology

Vibration technology is a proven tool in the world of rehabilitation and therapy. The use of vibration began over 50 years ago and has since been refined and simplified. Vibration has been found to improve flexibility, strength, and power while reducing pain from injury and soreness from an intense workout.

Here is a look into some of the benefits of vibration technology.

Increases blood flow: Normal therapeutic applications of vibration have been shown to significantly increase blood flow.

Relaxes muscles: Various studies have shown that the application of vibration massage in the range of 20-60 Hz causes muscles to relax. This is the therapeutic range our massagers work in. Vibrations from 100-200 Hz have been shown to cause muscles to contract⁠.

The relaxation of muscles and increasing blood flow are the cornerstone of most types of massage therapy, whether it is simple relaxation, relieving tight and tired muscle after a hard days’ work, or as part of a rehabilitation program.

Reduces Pain: The main way vibration massage helps reduce pain is to help address the causes of pain, such as tight sore muscles and trigger points (tender lumps in muscles). However, the application of stimulation at 100 Hz has been shown to neurologically block pain.

Inhibits cramps and spams: Cramps and spasms are caused by neurological reflexes. These are generally useful. As an example, stretch reflexes stimulate your muscles to tighten when rapid or excessive stretching is detected. This is an excellent protective mechanism that prevents muscles from being overstretched and damaged. However, these can "lock on" abnormally in the case of muscle cramps or spasms and is a core problem in (myofascial) trigger points: arguably the most common cause of conditions such as back, neck and shoulder pain. Vibration in the range of 30-50 Hz has been shown to temporarily suppress this reflex. The main use of this is for the treatment of trigger points.

“Stretches” muscles: Stretching exercises are done to lengthen muscles to their proper operational length. This allows full movement and efficient function of the muscles. Clinical trials show that the application of vibration of 40-50 Hz produces a similar lengthening of muscles.

There are two situations where this would be extremely useful. The first example would be while an injured ankle was healing. Conventional stretches could not be used as they would further damage the joint, however, vibration could be applied to the calf muscles to prevent them shortening. The second example would be parts of the spine. Your spine is made of a chain of links. If one link is stiff it is practically impossible to isolate a stetch to that link only, however, a vibration massager can easily apply very localised vibration.

Decreases post-exercise soreness and speeds recovery: Strenuous exercise causes microscopic damage to your muscles. This results in post exercise soreness (also known as DOMS- delayed onset muscle soreness), and your muscles will suffer a loss of performance until recovered. Clinical trials have shown that the application of vibration from 30-65 Hz either before or after exercise will result in less soreness, a reduction in blood chemicals that result from cell membrane damage, tissue necrosis and muscle cell damage as well as a reduction in the temporary loss of muscle performance.

Everyone who works out or plays sport seriously will suffer stiffness and soreness after. Vibration gives your muscles exactly what they need: relaxes them and stimulates blood flow to flush the wastes and bring in nutrients. These clinical trials show that if you use a vibrating massager before, during and after recovery, you will likely be far less sore and recover faster. This is simple to do and has practically no ongoing cost.

Increases performance: The application of vibration has been shown to enable the nervous system to stimulate more receptors in muscles, both in number and type. The result is higher maximum contraction force and increased muscular effort.⁠ This should be of interest to anyone who wishes to achieve greater performance, such as those who play sport or work out in a gym.

Increases healing:  There has been so much scientific research done on the effect of vibration on healing, ranging from bone fractures through to wound healing, muscle and nerve repair.

The clinical trial results are truly amazing. Vibration stimulation is used already to help the healing of bone fractures, but this shows it would be incredibly beneficial for muscle, wounds, nerves and other tissues.

The protocols used in these trials were very simple, and something you could easily replicate. 45 Hz for about 20 minutes per day is simply applying a general-purpose Massager set at about 80%. There would obviously be considerations such as not applying vibration directly to a wound or injury before structurally sound, so any usage would be subject to professional advice, but the huge potential benefits would make it a very real consideration.

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