Developed in Russia during the 1970’s to train cosmonauts, vibro-therapy has been used since and continues to exude excellent results. Below are just a few studies supportng the use of vibration platforms for fitness and rehabilitation purposes:
The Berlin Bedrest Study proved that “10 minutes of vibration training 6 times a week prevented muscle and bone loss in total bedrest over 55 days” (Rittweger et al. 2004, Blottner et al. 2006).
In a study from 2009 on the effects of vibro-therapy on Parkinson’s disease, researchers found that “improvements were seen in all symptoms, motor control and functional outcome measures at the time of assessment. Specifically, a significant decrease in rigidity and tremor were shown. Results of this initial investigation provide support for vibration therapy as a non-pharmacological treatment alternative” (NeuroRehabilitation, IOS Press).
Another study concluded that “whole body vibration is beneficial for enhancing leg muscle strength among older adults” (Lau et al. 2011).
Dr. Frank Rauch, M.D. (2009) stated that “a number of randomized controlled trials have shown improved muscle performance and balance after vibration treatment in elderly but generally healthy people. In similar populations, whole body vibration has been associated with an increase in hip bone mineral density” (Journal of Development Medicine & Child Neurology, Special Issue).
A 2009 study by the University of Antwerp in Belgium and Artesis University College seems to show that vibration plates do work. In the study, obese women who followed a healthy diet and exercised using vibration plates lost more weight long-term, including more hard-to-lose belly fat, than women who followed a healthy diet and conventional exercise.