Whole Body Vibration therapy and training dramatically increases the blood circulation to the entire body especially all the muscle groups. It does this by rapidly alternating the contraction and relaxation of muscles. During contraction of a muscle group the capillaries are squeezed, during relaxation freshly oxygenated blood is again allowed through. When alternatively contracting and relaxing a muscle, a natural muscle pump mechanism is created causing an increased level of blood circulation. In conventional power training a specific muscle (or muscle group) is maximally contracted, this also causes a squeeze on the capillaries for several seconds resulting in a decreased blood flow. With Whole Body Vibration exercise however, depending on the user’s selected frequency of the machine, muscles will be contracted multiple times per second. As a result, the capillaries are opened and squeezed shut many times in a single second. This way the muscle pump dynamic will be utilized optimally and so will blood oxygenation and circulation during the training session.
This process has many advantages, among which the fact that lymphatic drainage has been activated and the waste products throughout the body can be easily flushed out, plus the fuel supply to the muscles is unrestricted and can easily be replenished. In a study (J. Ritter in 1999) it is shown that after exercising on a Whole Body Vibration machine the systolic pressure increased and the diastolic pressure decreased with predictable regularity. Ritter concludes that the fatigue following extensive Whole Body Vibration training is caused by muscle tissue as well as nerve tissue. Therefore it is recommended that Whole Body Vibration sessions be limited to ten minutes at a time, but can be preformed anywhere from two to three times per week up to twice a day for advanced workouts and professional athletes.
Although simply standing on a Whole Body Vibration platform will work wonders for anyone, to sufficiently stimulate the whole cardiovascular system, a person would do best by exercising using dynamic postures and poses such as squats, lunges, push-ups etc. during the entire ten minute Whole Body Vibration session.
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