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WHAT IS WBV?

What is Whole Body Vibration (WBV)


The first applications of Whole Body Vibrations (WBV) for the improvement of human performance were developed in ancient Greece; a saw covered in cotton was used as a tool to transmit mechanical Whole Body Vibrations (WBV) to the part of the body that was not functioning properly. The immediate predecessor of the modern vibration training is rhythmic neuromuscular stimulation (RNS). In former East Germany, Dr. Biermann was experimenting with the use of cyclic oscillations and their effects on the human body back in the sixties. In that same era, the Russian scientist Nazarov translated these findings to practical uses for athletes. He observed a substantial increase in flexibility and strength in the athletes he studied after the application of vibrations (Kunnemeyer & Smidtbleicher, 1997).

The Russians also performed experiments with "Biomechanical Stimulation" for the benefit of their athletes as well as their space program. Unlike WBV devices on which the user stands Biomechanical Stimulation uses vibration stimulation directly on muscles or tendons. RSI, the Russian Space Institute as well as ESA, the European Space Agency and NASA are experimenting with various types of Vibration Training Systems in order to get the ultimate benefits from the vibration stimulus. Due to the lack of gravity in space, astronauts and cosmonauts exhibited muscle atrophy (muscle impairment) and bone loss, which forces them to return to earth rather quickly.

For rehabilitation after elongated space flights Russian scientists experimented with Biomechanical Stimulation. Once the Iron Curtain had been dismantled, the West could finally profit from the information and experience that had been gathered in the previous years.

Application

In today's age of fast food, automation, and convenience, as a society we are becoming increasingly inactive and overweight. The team at  Hypervibe Whole Body Vibration are working to promote a healthy lifestyle through regular exercise and movement. Hypervibe uses Whole Body Vibration Technology, and is designed for people who want to make exercise a part of their lifestyle, but may be limited by their time, equipment or ability to do so using conventional exercise. Others may want use the machine to compliment their regular exercise routine, and/or to accelerate and maximize results.

The fundamental principle of Whole Body Vibration training is to create a response from the mechanical movement of a vibrating platform. The platform creates vibration by pivoting from a centre tilting axis. When a user places their weight on the platform, their own body weight acts as resistance to the forces caused by the vibrating platform. Once a vibration threshold is reached, this action induces a reflex which causes involuntary muscle contractions. These contractions target not only our primary muscles, but also involuntary muscles such as the pelvic floor. The involuntary contractions induced when training on a vibrating platform, fire the muscle much more efficiently than voluntary muscle contractions that occur via conventional weight training. Not only does vibration training fire the muscle more efficiently, but it can cause contractions at a very rapid rate. When we train in the gym using conventional weight training, we do this by contracting our muscles and relaxing them over and over again with some sort of load for resistance. That load can be created with weights, hydraulic machines or by simply using your own body weight to create a load e.g. push up's. It could take one hour to get a full body workout, using the method. When using the HyperVibe vibrating platform you can induce muscle contractions up to 28 times per second, sending your muscles to fatigue much sooner .

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