Scoliosis Treatment with Whole Body Vibration

Scoliosis Treatment with Whole Body VibrationOver the past century, doctors have come up with a variety of protocols for some of the milder forms of scolio­sis as well as a number of stabilization therapies to prevent some of the catastrophic outcomes of severe scoliosis. Quite a few doctors around the country have already created specialized protocols incorporating several combinations of Whole Body Vibration, traction and rehabilitation exercises for the treatment of scoliosis. Most doctors today agree that sensible Scoliosis treatment protocols are clearly geared towards mobilization, correction and stabilization of the condition.

The basic purpose of incorporating WBV into a scoliosis treatment regime is as follows:

a) Improve the pliability in affected areas where there is too much rigidity, and

b) Repositioning of the osseous structures via positioning on the WBV plate.

c) Then improving the strength and power in the tissues which may be lacking strength.

d) Thus stabilizing the structures involved, and

e) Finally, improving the patient’s proprioceptive abilities.

Whole Body Vibration exercises can help by limbering and loosening contracted and stiff tissues. The vibration stimulates the “Golgi tendon apparatus” in muscles that have become tight and constricted. This activates a stretch and release reflex similar to the mechanisms used in the PNF (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation) stretching, resulting in a high measure of muscular relaxation. Ten minutes a day on Whole Body Vibration equipment helps to relax and strengthen these affected tissues.

Whole Body Vibration exercisers also stimulate innate muscle spindle activation by rapidly but gently increasing the load on the tissue. This rapid continual firing is known as the “Tonic Vibratory Reflex”. It is regulated via spinal reflex arc not unlike the Knee Jerk Reflex. Years of research of WBV have shown marked improvements in static, dynamic and explosive strength and power, greatly facilitating the other rehabilitation techniques in correcting the problems associated with scoliosis.

Ultimately, the body responds to Whole Body Vibration exercises by activating the involuntary postural muscles and increasing the proprioceptive (balance) input into the spinal cord, the cerebellum, and the brain. Thus performing range of movement (ROM) and spinal neuromuscular re-education exercises while on a vibration plate machine serves the function of increasing spinal stabilization through improving postural and spatial awareness. It is of considerable importance to note that the effects of WBV are equally perceived by the skin, joints and other secondary supporting systems, resulting in rapid improvements in flexibility, joint stabilization, sensory motor feedback and increased bodily awareness.

WBV fits perfectly into the category of adjunctive therapy that amplifies what our body inherently wants to accomplish; moving freely through a 3 dimensional room without pain or restrictions!

Whole Body Vibration Therapy has been shown to be highly effective in working with the Scoliotic patient. It has also been shown through research to increase the effectiveness of other forms of exercise and therapy by 2-3 times. In many circumstances patients may expect at least some degree of correction, but most will experience symptomatic relief and functional improvement leading to alleviation of their pain and greater freedom in their daily activities.Scoliosis Treatment with Whole Body Vibration

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6 Responses to Scoliosis Treatment with Whole Body Vibration

  1. Nancy says:

    I have a moderate to severe form of scoliosis and am 57 years old.I have just purchased a WBV machine in the hopes that it will help but I am not sure what postures or exercises will benefit me.If someone had a convex curve to the left around the T12 area with large muscles on the left side and very weak muscles on the right side, what direction would it be best to hold a stretch and for how long at what amplitude and frequency?
    Any help would be very appreciated.
    Thank you

    • admin says:

      First let me say this, I am not a doctor, nor am I in a position to give medical advice, but I have done quite a bit of research on Whole Body Vibration and its effects on both healthy people and those who have challenging ailments and conditions. Knowing this, my recommendation would be to start slow with a setting between 8 to 10 Hz and keep your feet relatively close together (that decreases the amplitude – the further apart the greater the amplitude). Stand on the platform and relax with the knees slightly bent (not locked). As you feel confident you can gradually increase the speed and move you feet closer to the edges of the platform. You can also slowly twist and bend your torso in all directions, focusing on the areas that feel the tightest – if you feel any pain or excessive discomfort I’d recommend you seek the advise of a trusted health care professional before continuing. ~Glenn

      • Nancy says:

        Thank you for your reply.
        1. Can you tell me what exercise might help to strengthen the right side of my back 2.And also will turning the speed up high with the feet together act as a massage that will be of benefit for circulation?

        • admin says:

          The higher speeds are best for those in relatively good atheletic shape that want to add to their already lean muscle mass. Higher speed doesn’t necessarily equate to better circulation unless your BMI (body mass index) is relatively low. I would work on increasing amplitude first by gradually setting the feet further apart. The vibrations should work to balance the body and slowly that will tend to straighten the spine. To strengthen the right side, find a posture or position where the affected muscles seem tight and hold that position while deep breathing slowly and let the vibrations work on those muscles. Also see my post on “Pelvic Tilts” (you can find it using the search feature), that may also help. ~Glenn

  2. Jackie says:

    I am 67 and have scoliosis. I am looking at WBV machines, and have a question about the movement of the plate.
    On one, the plate moves rapidly in a horizontal plane, from left to right.. People seem to rate this machine very high, and the price point is affordable.
    On the other, the plate moves rapidly like a very controlled teeter-totter–a rise and fall of the opposite sides of the plate. The group that sells it says in reality that the plate moves in a figure 8, as it gently rocks and moves on multiple planes.
    From an effectiveness point of view, what is the impact of the left to right vs. the figure 8 teeter-totter movement?

    • Tim Senger says:

      I know if a few different types of machines but the main types are linear and oscillating. Check here for a more detailed explanation,
      Please read the article under the video. All our machines are oscillating (teeter totter movement) and mimic a human walk and are very safe and effective. They also are proven to aid in restoration of balance. our 2000 model also has a spiral vibration motor which drastically increases circulation very kwikly. Please call 1 877 FIT KWIK (348-5945) if you want a one on one consultation. We will do our best to answer all your questions.

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