Body-vibration Osteoporosis or Osteopenia your solution?
Body-vibration Osteoporosis and Osteopenia solution? There are a number of companies that sell whole body vibration machines to those wanting to improve bone density.
These machines are not inexpensive but if they work, they may be just the thing - a way to improve bone density without taking pharmaceutical drugs. Readers often email me with questions or a reference to a study or a claim by a manufacturer.
The research over the past 10 years has been mixed. There is finally a study showing some Positive effect with post menopausal women. I urge you to read ALL the research summaries AND to click on the link to the page citing possible dangers in using these machines for those with specific medical conditions.
If you have any (one) of the listed medical conditions, I suggest you discuss the use of any machine for reversing your Osteoporosis or Osteopenia.
Research Body-vibration Osteoporosis or Osteopenia.
What does the research say about the effects of these machines that do whole Body-vibration Osteoporosis or Osteopenia?
Here are some research abstracts of studies about vibration machines and bone building:
- Journal of Osteoporosis 2011 A Randomized Controlled Trial of Whole Body Vibration Exposure on Markers of Bone Turnover in Postmenopausal Womenby Sarah Turner,Margaret Torode, Mike Climstein, Geraldine Naughton, David Greene ,Michael K. Baker, Maria A. Fiatarone Singh.
The authors conclude that "We have shown for the first time that low-frequency, low-magnitude vibration 3×/week for eight weeks in postmenopausal women results in a significant reduction in NTx/Cr, a marker of bone resorption, when compared with sham vibration exposure." (In other words under these specific conditions, uses slowed their bone loss.)
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Body-vibration Osteoporosis, Osteopenia article
- A study of younger persons Another study of whole Body-vibration Osteoporosis can be found in The Journal of Bone Mineral Res. published a study in 2004 titled, "Effect of 6-month whole body vibration training on hip density, muscle strength, and postural control in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled pilot study." by SM Verschueren, M. Roelants, C. Delecluse C, S Swinnen, D. Vanderschueren and S. Boonen. of the Laboratory of Motor Control, Department of Kinesiology, Faculteit Kichamelijke Opvoeding en Kinesitherapie, Katholieke Universiteit, Belgium.
The study was small, 70 women ages 58 - 74, some of whom received the vibrational therapy, some of whom did resistance training and others were a control group. The study took
24 weeks. . . . The WBV group and the RES group trained three times weekly for 24 weeks.
"The WBV group performed static and dynamic knee-extensor exercises on a vibration platform (35-40 Hz, 2.28-5.09g), which mechanically loaded the bone and evoked reflexive muscle contractions. The RES group trained knee extensors by dynamic leg press and leg extension exercises, increasing from low
(20 RM) to high (8 RM) resistance. The CON group did not participate in any training"
Hip bone density was measured by Dexa scann at the beginning and after 6 months.
RESULTS: Vibration training "increased BMD of the hip (+0.93%, p < 0.05). No changes in hip BMD were observed in women participating in resistance training or age-matched controls (-0.60% and -0.62%, respectively; not significant). Serum markers of bone turnover did not change in any of the groups."
- However another study of whole Body-vibration Osteoporosis and Osteopenia was done at the Bone Research group in Finland. It was a controlled 8 month study of vertical whole body vibration on bone, muscle performance, and body balance in younger adults concluded that the only benefit was that the subjects could jump higher at the end of the study. There was no increase in bone mass.
Health condidions and Body Vibration therapy
Researchers in this area list a number of medical conditions where the use of these vibration machines might not be a good idea.
Read more at Body vibration machine dangers