Good Day RettGirls!
This weeks featured product at RettGirl.org is the Whole Body Vibration Platform!
You can find this item in our Product Reviews under Sensory and under Therapy!
What in the world is Whole Body Vibration?
Excerpt from Company Website:
WBV vibrates the entire body. The vibrations generated when the motor underneath the platform vibrate the person standing on the platform. These vibrations cause the muscles to lengthen and contract.
An immediate effect of WBV is improvement in circulation. The rapid contraction and relaxation of the muscles basically works as a pump on the blood vessels increasing blood flow.
WBV is highly suited to people who have difficulty training because of Muscle weakness, illness, disorders, weight or injury. It is also highly suitable for persons who want to stimulate and strengthen their muscles without stress on joints.
WBV effects described in studies include: muscle strength, improved bone density, improved blood circulation, toning, cellulite reduction, heightened secretion of hormones associated with exercise and depressed response of hormones associated with stress.
Vibrations cause compression of the bone tissue, activating the bone building cells (osteoblasts), while reducing activity of the cells that break bone down (osteoclasts). In preventing falls and the bone fractures that often result, increasing bone density in not the only important issue. Increased muscle power, posture and balance are factors to consider. Studies involving elderly subjects have shown that all these issues can be improved using Whole Body Vibration.
Research has shown positive effects in pain management and the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis and other ailments. Vibration is a far better alternative than dangerous osteoporosis drugs.
WBV has been demonstrated to significantly increase muscle performance in sedentary people. You entire body musculature, as well as your internal organs and glands are positively affected by WBV stimulation. Even the brain experiences physiological changes. Studies have shown better rehabilitation of injuries or surgery than traditional methods of therapy. It is very good therapy if you have conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia or multiple sclerosis.
Wow, right? So, we thought we'd give it a shot. Two of us at RettGirl have these machines for our daughters. For me I was a bit scared to try my girl on it because of her tremors and low body awareness. I thought it would scare her and I can be a wee bit overprotective..Ok a lot.
Most machines come with various levels ranging from low to high. We put our daughter on her machine and timed it for one minute. I stood by ready to rip her off if she started screaming and set the timer for 1 minute. I was amazed as she stood there giggling and wiggling for 3 minutes!
Like any therapy it's something you have to do and stick with to see results. When we use it every day or every other day we see better balance and better bowel motility with her. When we forget we notice it. She is more easily constipated and off center.
We work her whole body on it by standing her on it and holding on of course. We also work her arms, which are very weak my having her kneel next to it and placing her hands on the machine. The vibrations stimulate all the muscles in her arms and back just by kneeling there, which also helps strengthen her core.
The Whole Body Vibration Platform is a favorite here at RettGirl and comes highly recommended by those of us who have one.
One of our Superstars in action!
Terri V-For RettGirl