Whole Body Vibration
Power Plate utilizes Whole Body Vibration as a means to safely stimulate the regeneration of bone mineral density, increase muscle strength, restore range of motion, and improve flexibility.
Pacific Coast Sports Medicine is a regenerative orthopedic clinic that provides state-of-the-art and cutting-edge treatment programs. Our clinicians use the Power Plate whole body vibration platform in a variety of applications. From patients who are striving for increased bone mineral density to post-surgical patients looking to build muscle strength, restore range of motion, and improve flexibility, Power Plate is added to treatment programs whenever beneficial.
Power Plate whole body vibration has been demonstrated to improve:
- Bone regeneration
- Maximum strength
- Force & power
- Jump height (3)
- Postural control
- Gait & balance (1)
Power Plate applies whole body vibration to induce osteogenic—or, bone rebuilding—effects (4). Depending on the severity of osteoporosis, patients stand or perform various exercises on its vibrating platform, which “moves 25 to 50 times per second resulting in corresponding muscle activation.”
How does Whole Body Vibration stimulate bone and muscle growth?
These harmonic, consistent, and controlled vibrations have direct and indirect effects upon the musculoskeletal system by translating the mechanical vibrations into chemical or electrical signals within the body (8):
- A change of flow of the fluid within bones occurs, stimulating and increasing osteoblasts and other bone remodeling cells’ activity to mineralize and regenerate bone tissue (4,11)
- May temporarily alter levels of hormones (testosterone and growth hormone) that are associated with regulation/stimulation of bone remodeling (9)
- Sensory receptors within the muscles are activated, initiating muscle contractions and, thereby, causing strengthening of muscles and loading of bones (10)
The research literature suggests that whole body vibration treatments, over a period of 6-12 months, significantly increase bone mineral density in not only those with osteoporosis, but also those who are postmenopausal, obese, and diagnosed with scoliosis (5,6,10). Power Plate has also been shown to be an effective exercise and preventative measure for young women to achieve maximum bone mineral density as well as “stave off osteoporosis later in life” (3).
The whole body vibration effects of Power Plate extend into the realm of sports performance and rehabilitation as well…
- When used in conjunction with balance exercises–velocity, muscle recruitment, and balance significantly improved in one experiment involving women (7)
- Compared to a control group, only those who participated in whole body vibration training saw significant increases in maximal quadriceps and hamstring muscle strength (2)
- A literature review of eight clinical studies evaluating the effects of whole body vibration on flexibility concluded that it is a safe and effective clinical intervention to improve flexibility and performance (1)
The regenerative orthopedic specialists at Pacific Coast Sports Medicine utilize the Power Plate whole body vibration platform due to its objective success in many clinical settings. Consult our medical team if you are interested in learning more about the application of Power Plate in regenerative orthopedics such as our comprehensive osteoporosis prevention and treatment program or our physical rehabilitation and sports performance programs.
- Da Cunha Sá-Caputo et al. Whole body vibration exercises and the improvement of the flexibility in patient with metabolic syndrome. Rehabil Res Pract. 2014;2014:628518.
- Claerbout et al. Effects of 3 weeks’ whole body vibration training on muscle strength and functional mobility in hospitalized persons with multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler. 2012;18(4):498-505.
- Humphries B, Fenning A, Dugan E, Guinane J, MacRae K. Whole-body vibration effects on bone mineral density in women with or without resistance training. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2009;80(12):1025-31.
- Lai et al. Effect of 6 months of whole body vibration on lumbar spine bone density in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. Clin Interv Aging. 2013;8:1603-1609.
- Lam TP, Ng BK, Cheung LW, Lee KM, Qin L, Cheng JC. Effect of whole body vibration (WBV) therapy on bone density and bone quality in osteopenic girls with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a randomized, controlled trial. Osteoporos Int. 2013;24(5):1623-26.
- Ligouri GC, Shoepe TC, Almstedt HC. Whole body vibration training is osteogenic at the spine in college-age men and women. J Hum Kinec. 2012;31:55-68.
- Ochi et al. Effect of balance exercise in combination with whole-body vibration on muscle activity of the stepping limb during a forward fall in older women: a randomized controlled pilot study. Arch Gerontol Geriatr. 2014:S0167-4943(14)00223-4.
- Power Plate FAQ. Power Plate Web site. http://powerplate.com/news-and-media/faq. Accessed December 4, 2014.
- Totosy de Zepetnek JO, Giangregorio LM, Craven BC. Whole-body vibration as potential intervention for people with low bone mineral density and osteoporosis: a review. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2009;46(4):529-542.
- Zaki ME. Effects of whole body vibration and resistance training on bone mineral density and anthropometry in obese postmenopausal women. J Osteoporos. 2014;2014:702589.
- Zhou et al. Whole body vibration improves osseointegration by up-regulating osteoblastic activity but down-regulating osteoblast-mediated osteoclastogenesis via ERK 1/2 pathway. Bone. 2015;71:17-24.