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Whole Body Vibration

Whole body vibration (often abbreviated as WBV) is a training method which archeological remnants date back as early as 3300BC.  Even in the late 1800′s vibrating chairs and platforms were being used for wellness applications, mostly to no avail.  Scientists saw the potential in the law of motion, as stated by Sir Isaac Newton, but the difficulty of manufacturing safe, effective and reliable equipment would take hundreds of years.
Technology has finally caught up with theory. PPmachines7
Power Plate® is the premier brand of whole body vibration.  Training with Power Plate® machines creates instability in the human body.  With each vibration the body is forced to perform reflexive muscle actions, multiple times per second. Furthermore, these contractions must work in multiple dimensions as the Power Plate® machines actually oscillate in all three planes, exactly as the human body is designed to do. The net result is an incredible improvement in force production, or strength and power.
The human body has natural reflexes such as the eye-lid reflex, the touch reflex and the stretch reflex. The stretch reflex is what occurs when a doctor taps your knee with a hammer, this causes a reflex that extends the leg. Power Plate® induces a continuous special stretch reflex called the Tonic Vibration Reflex in all involved muscles. The special vibrating platform causes minute stretches within the muscles, which activate Tonic Vibration Reflexes. Because Power Plate® platforms vibrate between 30 to 50 times per second, these involuntary muscle contractions happen at the same speed. Not only do your muscles contract and relax at very high speed, but also the amount of muscle fibers in every single muscle involved exceeds the amount of muscle tissue utilized in regular training. Chest_Warm_Up
For most people who perform conventional strength training, a maximum of 40% of the muscle fibers per muscle are recruited at any one time. Power Plate®recruits between 95-97% of the muscle fibers. This also means that the deeper postural and stabilizing muscles that are typically hard to contract and train can be stimulated. Power Plate changes the frequency of contraction instead of the force applied to the muscle. This produces much less strain on the joints, ligaments and muscles without long exhausting sessions. Most patients feel immediate results. It is safe for almost all patient conditions when applied by a professional. DRpose4


Dr. Perry Cammisa – President and Co-Founder of BStrong4Life® is a member of the National Medical Advisory Board for Power Plate North America.
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