POWER PLATE – Vibration Training

What is vibration training?

Science has learned that the human body adapts to various stressors and stimuli. Whole Body Vibration produces amazing results as a result of that adaptation process. When you stand on the vibration plate energy is transferred to your entire body. This first stimulates receptors in the Achilles tendon that stimulate nerve receptors, which track up to the cerebellum (the part of the brain that is responsible for balance). This pleasant vibrating action causes the brain to tell the muscles of your body to actively contract to maintain its equilibrium, thus creating a therapeutic and muscle-toning workout.

Automatically Exercising and Toning Your Muscles:
You are familiar with the patellar or knee-jerk reflex (when a Doctor hits the tendon below the kneecap). This stretch reflex (myotatic) is an automatic muscle contraction in response to stretching within the muscle. The vibrating plate provides the stimulus for a similar type of reaction for your entire body. The various exercise positions will require those particular muscles to respond affecting all of its muscle fibers, ligaments and tendons. Using a variety of exercise positions the entire body can exercised and toned. The plate by moving very fast creates an unbelievable stimulus causing your muscles to strengthen faster.

Increases Bone Density:
The muscles are attached to the bones. When they contract, they pull on your bones. The harder the muscles work, the more stress they place on the skeleton. When this happens, there is an increase in the density of the bones. They actually get stronger on the insides because more bone has formed there. More massive bones are sturdier bones. This bone formation benefit accumulates over time. The longer a person participates in vibration training the stronger their bones will get. Broken bones are the leading reason elderly people end up in nursing homes. Strong bones enable you to have an active and healthy lifestyle that leads to a longer life. Weak bones will shorten your life expectancy.

Increases Your Circulation:
Muscles contraction requires oxygen and glucose. By increasing the number of muscle contractions, so does your need for oxygen and glucose. Your body responds naturally by increasing the heart rate to provide those vital elements to your muscles. As a result, you are automatically increasing your blood flow.

Increases Your Lymphatic Drainage:
Our body vibrates every single moment it pumps blood. Hence, vibration is essential for our blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. But what is lymphatic drainage? The lymphatic system is a network of ducts and nodes that drains toxins out of the muscles in the body. These nodes help in conveying antibodies into the muscles, making our bodies stronger and resistant to fatigue. Lymph nodes play a significant role in our immune system, which most people forget to pay attention to. Unfortunately, the lymphatic system is not capable of pumping toxins out of these nodes by itself and heavily relies on muscle activity. When you stand up straight, you can feel the aches and pains of standing all day, exercising or just plain working going away as stiffness and tightness of your muscles seems to drain away. This is the lymphatic drainage at work while it also fights infection and bacteria.

Lowers Your Stress:
Stress can cause the release of Cortisol. Cortisol is terrible for the body – it causes your body’s inflammation levels to go up, it robs you of sleep, wipes out your adrenal glands and after a while leaves you constantly exhausted. Vibration training helps your body to reduce the levels of Cortisol and replace it with the release of endorphins, the “Feel Good” hormones.

Improves Your Balance:
The human brain is built to keep our bodies in a state of equilibrium, balance, and stability. If someone pushes your shoulder, your brain responds by telling you to lean back against the push so you don’t fall over. If you’re standing on a platform that is moving 20 – 50 times per second, your brain must respond quickly by triggering certain muscles to contract and others to relax so that you maintain your balance. The brain is forced to respond to the rapidly moving surface under you or you would fall over! Vibration Training make muscles stronger and improves balance. That makes it less likely that you will break a bone if you happen to fall down. Strong muscles protect the bones from damage in an impact. Improved balance also makes it less likely that you will fall down in the first place.

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