Can Whole Body Vibration be Harmful? And are the Contraindications Absolute?

Good Vibrations VS Harmful Vibrations…

Can Whole Body Vibration be Harmful? And are the Contraindications Absolute?Recently there has been a lot of media attention and scientific research concerning the effects of Whole Body Vibration on the human body. Our body was designed for movement and we are perfectly equipped to manage all of the vibrations we are exposed to in our daily lives. However, not all mechanical vibrations are good for us. For some of us, the amount of mechanical vibrations we are exposed to has increased greatly in the last century or so. Some examples are truck drivers, forklift operators, construction workers and helicopter pilots, who absorb a lot of vibration on a daily basis. They suffer as a result of their time on the job, mainly in their joints, lower back and spine and this can cause tremendous problems. It is important to realize there are some fundamental differences between being exposed to vibrations in the work place compared with vibration from Whole Body Vibration equipment. While training on a low impact Whole Body Vibration machine you are actively using the vibrations, which are being absorbed into the muscles instead of the joints, this avoids subjecting the tendons and connective tissue to undue stress. The duration of exposure is also much less (only ten minutes per session), so the total amount of time of a Whole Body Vibration workout is not even close to the time that people are exposed to vibrations while on the job. Plus, it is certified safe; Whole Body Vibration equipment from KWIKFIT4U complies with the I.S.O. standards for home and commercial use, provided that training does not exceed an hour per day. Actually, it is counterproductive to train longer than 20 minutes per session or more often than once per day unless you’re in exceptional athletic shape. Recommended time spent exercising on a Whole Body Vibration machine is ten minutes (which is equal to an hour in the gym) repeated three to four times a week. When using a Whole Body Vibration platform according to our recommended instructions or under certified supervision, Whole Body Vibration training is proven much safer than any other sport or training activity.

Concerns about the Contraindications

The following list of contraindications is a list of all medical conditions that would generally constitute a reason to caution against using a Whole Body Vibration machine.

  • Pregnancy
  • Acute deep vein thrombosis
  • Serious cardio-vascular disease
  • Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs)
  • Fresh wounds or recent surgery
  • Acute hernia, discopathy, spondylolysis
  • Severe diabetic neuropathy
  • Epilepsy
  • Recent infections
  • Severe migraine
  • Recently fitted i.u.d.,coils, metal pins or plates
  • Cancer or Tumors
  • Known neurological conditions
  • Hip and knee replacements
  • Joint implants
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Known retinal conditions
  • Poor somatosensory receptor sensitivity on the Plantar surfaces of the feet

This does not mean that if you are suffering from any of the conditions listed above, you could never use Whole Body Vibration equipment at all. In a number of cases it is highly recommended to integrate Whole Body Vibration training and therapy into a treatment plan.

Can Whole Body Vibration be Harmful? And are the Contraindications Absolute?Of course, this would have to be under the medical supervision of a trusted medical professional, specialist or physiotherapist and would include following the recommendations of trained Whole Body Vibration instructor. Because there are currently several studies being conducted on the effects Whole Body Vibration training and therapy on a variety physical problems, this list of contraindications may need to be adjusted in the near future. Recent scientific research studies have shown that there is an entire range of ailments and conditions where Whole Body Vibration training may play an important role in therapy and rehabilitation, such as stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Osteoporosis and Parkinson’s disease to name a few.

To learn more about all the amazing benefits of Whole Body Vibration visit us at KWIKFIT4U

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