Top 9 Benefits Of Vibration Plates
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Vibration plates have increased in popularity in recent years and this is because of the wealth of health benefits that comes from using one of these machines. There are many different makes and models on the market that accommodate a varying range of uses and abilities. There are three types of vibration plate and these are:
Vertical – This type allows for up and down motion only and is usually found on the more basic of models.
Oscillating – This type provides a rocking motion that is similar to a see saw and is the most commonly purchased option.
Tri-Plane – This type gives you the full range of motion, up and down, side to side and back and forth which means these machines will deliver the best possible exercise workout but also come at the highest of prices.
Aside from being used to help strengthen and tone muscles via tailored and bespoke workouts there are a number of other health benefits that comes from using the machines and these indulge the following.
- Weight loss and maintaining and healthy weight.
- Helps to decreases stress levels.
- Improves circulation.
- Helps to promote better balance.
- Helps to develop stronger bones and improve bone density
- Helps to give healthier looking skin
- Relives joint and back pain
- Improves cardiovascular health.
- Improves posture.
Now we will look at each of these benefits in a little more detail.
Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance
Vibration plates have been successfully used in conjunction with a calorie controlled diet and additional cardio workouts to help people lose unwanted weight. Just to be clear though no form of diet or exercise routine will rid you of unwanted fat in any certain area. You can do targeted exercise to help improve the muscle tone and density of the area but the fat loss will be gradual and overall. Meaning you will lose weight from all areas of your body not just the bits you don’t like as much.
The benefit of the vibration plate is that it enables you to increase the intensity of any given exercise, such as squats or push ups, and the vibration and motion of the machine means your muscles have to work harder in order to keep you stable. All you need is 10 minutes 3 times a week on a high intensity level to really start to feel the results of this type of workout. By improving muscle tone and size you can actually change the way you look without losing any fat. Of course, by combining this with a healthy diet and extra cardio you will start to see progress in a few weeks.
Helps to decrease stress levels
Using a vibration plate on a lower setting can actually be beneficial in dealing with and decreases stress. On a lower setting the vibrations and sensations it sends through the body helps to relax and soothe the muscles yet is still enough to promote endorphins and increase levels of serotonin within the brain which work towards you feeling happier and more positive. It has been suggested that using a vibration plate can reduce cortisol, which is the stress hormone, by up to 30%. So regular use of a vibration plate can help to reduce the stress this hormone and by doing so it aids the body in forming stronger bones as cortisol can interfere with bone formation.
Improves circulation / Helps to improve cardiovascular health
Some studies have shown that using a vibration plate can increase the flow of oxygenated blood in the body. This in turn will help increase your bodies overall circulation. This happens due to the contraction of the muscles which happens at a much faster rate than during normal exercise and thus increases the speed of your blood flow as it is pumping around your body at a higher rate. The more regularly you do this the better your overall circulation will be.
Due to the increased blood flow and oxygenation of the blood it also helps to improve your overall cardiovascular health. Just like any form of exercising will due to making the heart work harder and faster in order to keep up with the supply and demand for oxygenated blood to feed the muscles.
Promotes better balance / Improve posture
Vibration plates can help you to improve your overall balance simply due to the constant motion you have to deal with while using the machine. This in turn makes your leg and core muscles strong and helps to give you better core stability and balance awareness as you have become used to the sensation of constant motion and are able to counteract it accordingly. Just as you would get used to being on the sea every day and gain your sea legs you will get a better sense of balance and coordination by using a vibration plate.
The above is true for the improvement of posture, by forcing your core muscles to work harder in order to keep you upright it makes you stand taller and with better poise. The stronger your core muscles are the easier it is to stand with good posture and the less likely you are to suffer from back pain and subsequent injuries.
Helps develop strong bones
NASA and other space agencies have conducted much research into the use of vibration training as a mean to reduce bone deterioration while in space for prolonged periods of time. It was found that astronauts lost on average 1 to 2 percent bone mass per month but this could be reduced by the use of vibration plate technology. It has even shown that the bone mass that has been lost can actually be regained. This mean that regular use of a vibration plate can help to improve your bones overall strength and density.
Helps with joint and back pain
Another area in which vibration plates can help is with joint and back pain, as well as muscular pain. It is estimated that around 60 to 80% of people in the UK suffer with back issues of some sort and it is most common in people aged between 30 to 60 years of age. It is more noticeable for people who have office jobs as the position of sitting all day can put an unnecessary amount of strain on the spine. It has been shown in studies that whole body vibration training in addition to other joint supportive training can help to reduce pain significantly in as little as 3 weeks. All that is needed is 30 minutes 3 times a week to start to feel the benefits of this type of therapy.
Helps give you healthier looking skin
This one ties into the circulation section, by increases the blood flow to the whole of the body it helps to promote healthier skin. The increased blood flow helps deliver nutrients to the skin and this in turn make it look clearer and have a healthy glow to it. Over time this can take unhealthy looking skin and make it appear and feel better.
It is also stated by many who use vibration plates that the tingling sensation that is created by the machines is a very pleasant sensation which can help you to feel more relaxed when the machine is on a lower setting.
These are just the main health benefits of using a vibration plate, there are others that may or may not have any actual evidence to support them. However, the list is impressive enough and in conjunction with building stronger and more toned muscles the additional benefits really do make these machines a worth while investment.