Whole Body Vibration & Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a disease of the skeletal system characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. Osteoporosis is a significant public health problem that leads to increased bone fragility and an increased risk of bone fractures typically in the wrist, hip, and spine.
Post -menopausal women with low body weight are more subject to osteoporosis. There lower weight and weakened muscles signal the bones that they do not need as much strength. Wolff’s law dictates that bone mass adapts to the demands of mechanical loading. Whole body vibration will stimulate the osteoblast within the bone.
Whole Body Vibration (WBV) therapy is an attractive alternative to drugs for the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis. The attractiveness of WBV lies in its ability to be applied in a low impact manner, which is critical for individuals with impaired mobility and attenuated muscle strength. There is no stress to the joints.
Studies show that WBV delivers mechanical loading to the skeleton, which increases bone mass and improves postural balance by strengthening skeletal muscles.
Weight bearing exercise is commonly accepted as a way to to increase bone density. WBV signals the brain to produce more bone mineral to handle the extra weight your body thinks it is carrying. With WBV their is no need to use actual weights, however smaller weights can be used to further strengthen muscles.