SHAKING YOUR FASCIA: WHOLE BODY VIBRATION HELPS TO SUCCESSFULLY ADDRESS CHRONIC PAIN AND CHRONIC ILLNESSRead Now
SHAKING YOUR FASCIA!
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For instance, there is a piece of exercise equipment that's been around forever called the Bodyblade. It looks kind of like an unstrung bow, and oscillates in whatever direction you work it --- side to side or up and down. Very cool gizmo that I have played around with previously, but am going to try again in tandem with the WBV (there are actually studies on this creature --- HERE). Another similar device is the Shake Weight Dumbbell, which is a dumbbell with springs that you make oscillate by rapidly pumping it up and down (just go to YouTube and look at it). There are probably numerous others ( hula hoops and especially TRAMPOLINES might even fall into this category).
Not only has the price point come down on all of these items, I'm not convinced that you need to spend a huge amount of time doing these things if you are the average Joe (or Jolene) who is trying to incorporate some sort of vibratory or oscillation training into your normal routine. In fact, while many studies I looked at touted half hour sessions, numerous studies were using sessions as short as ten minutes, and in some cases five. Bottom line, it would not be tough to incorporate WBV or similar into whatever you are currently doing.
And for those of you who want to see what WBV looks like in relationship to the bigger picture, simply take a look at THIS PROTOCOL I created for chronically sick people. While I would never suggest it were a "cure all," the thing that makes it effective for so many people is the fact that most diseases are slightly different manifestations of the same underlying pathophysiological aberrations and metabolic abnormalities (HERE). Sure you might need to see a specialist in FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE. This protocol, however, is meant to save many (arguably most) of you the time and expense.
WHOLE BODY VIBRATION
The reality is that Whole Body Vibration is nothing new. The ancient Greeks were using similar technology to increase athletic performance as did the Eastern Bloc countries of the Cold War era. One of the things that was noticed during the research / testing process for the early vibration machines, was that WBV seemed to increase bone density. Of course, this got the attention of NASA, who got into the WBV research game while looking for something to prevent bone loss in astronauts spending weeks, or even months in a zero gravity situation.
HOW DOES WHOLE BODY VIBRATION WORK?
Expert in the field, Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist, Dr. Chantal Vella of University of Idaho, explains it this way:
The current theory is that whole-body vibration stimulates the body’s natural stretch reflex and causes muscle contractions in much the same way that a doctor’s tapping below a patient’s patella with a reflex hammer elicits a knee-jerk response. The stretch reflex is controlled by stretch receptors called muscle spindles that are located in skeletal muscle. Muscle spindles are usually activated when a muscle is under a static stretch or is quickly stretched or overstretched, causing a reflex contraction of the muscle. With whole-body vibration, this reflex action is continually stimulated, so a muscle continues to contract and relax until the vibration stops. In addition, studies have reported that activation of one muscle spindle will cause a reflex contraction and relaxation in many adjacent muscles.
Muscle spindles work by activating motor neurons (nerves) in the spinal cord; these neurons initiate movement by sending signals from the brain to the muscles. Voluntary activation of motor neurons is a limiting factor in muscular force production. The improvements in muscular force production with whole-body vibration are a direct result of increased motor neuron activation by muscle spindles, leading to increased motor unit recruitment and force production. Whole-body vibration stimulates fast-twitch (type 2) motor units, which are usually recruited during high-intensity, explosive movements or whenever slow-twitch (type 1) motor units are maximally recruited. As a result, long-term, exhaustive exposure to whole-body vibration can lead to muscular fatigue and muscle soreness.
But what about the research? Oh, the research is there all right. Not the kind of research done in some fly-by-night, rinky-dink, never-heard-of-that-one-before type of places. But instead; major Universities, Medical Schools, and even people associated with NASA. You will see lots of claims about WBV's ability to help with a diverse and seemingly unrelated number of health problems. In fact, there are studies showing that WBV can help people with neurological problems like MS, PARKINSON'S, Cerebral Palsy, as well as several others. There is strong evidence that WBV is capable of helping people with everything from DIABETES to OBESITY, Osteoporosis to Cardiovascular conditions, Fitness to FIBROMYALGIA.
It is also helpful for many people suffering with balance disorders. My theory is that WBV is seriously strengthening the Cerebellum --- the part of the brain that not only contains your vibratory sense, but also controls spinal postural muscles. Although people that suffer from specific health problems or diseases may or may not find WBV to be a solution for their particular problem, I am going to leave you with a list that cannot be debated. The following is a list of the things that WBV has been clinically proven to do in the peer-reviewed Scientific Literature.....
- Increased Flexibility & Range of Motion (Decreases Muscle Tightness)
- Improved Balance / Equilibrium and Coordination
- Provides Benefits of both Anaerobic and Aerobic Exercise
- Increases Physical Strength, Coordination, and Endurance
- Reduces Joint Pain as well as Ligamentous Stress
- Improves Bladder Problems / Incontinence by Aiding Pelvic Floor Function
- Helps Relieve Menopausal Symptoms as well as PMS (HERE)
- Increases Neurotransmitters Serotonin and Neurotrophins ---- Reduces Depression (HERE)
- Decreases the Body's #1 Stress Hormone --- Cortisol (HERE)
- Enhances Conventional Athletic Training Results and Speeds Training Recovery (HERE)
- Increased Proprioceptive Stimulation --- Pain Reduction (HERE)
- Improves Collagen Production (HERE)
- Relieves Tension and Chronic Pain in Ankles, Knees, Back and Neck (HERE)
- Better Posture
- Increased Circulation, Oxygenation, and Lymph Drainage
- Decreased Blood Pressure
- Increases Secretion of Hormones Critical to the Regeneration and Repair Processes. These Include HGH (Human Growth Hormone), IGF-1, and Testosterone
- Increased Tendon Strength (HERE)
- Increased Basal Metabolic Rate
- Accelerated Weight Loss (HERE)
Dr. Schierling completed four years of Kansas State University's five-year Nutrition / Exercise Physiology Program before deciding on a career in Chiropractic. He graduated from Logan Chiropractic College in 1991, and has run a busy clinic in Mountain View, Missouri ever since. He and his wife Amy have four children (three daughters and a son).
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