Use whole body vibration exercise for weight loss, bone density and muscle building

I am still using it. I'm doing 10 minutes a day every other day. I recently started working up to a few squats and push-ups while on the machine and so far so good. I am having an overall good experience with it but I am very cautious with it and don't use it on days I know I will need every ounce of energy for other things. Good luck.

bel canto

Senior Member
A few years ago, one of the Harvard monthly newsletters described research done by the University of New York at Stony Brook in conjunction with Nasa.

As I recall, the machines used in the research had very, very low levels of vibration.

Here are a couple of links: (related to original research) (warning re: safety)

The last link is to a search for vibration therapy at Stony Brook, as they did the original research, and it looks like they are continuing to do so. Might be good to check out the latest findings.
I would research possible side effects before buying a vibrating platform. My eye doctor advised me against one because of the possibility of retinal detachment. Maybe she's just super conservative with me because I've had some minor eye problems.


Day of the Square Peg
by Alex Malinsky aka RawGuru, citizen journalist
See all articles by this author
Email this author

(NaturalNews) Whole Body Vibration is believed to be the exercise staple of the future and may become as common as today's treadmill. Here is some background, as well as facts, features and benefits of whole body vibration machines and why you might want to use one today along with your cardio routine for lasting benefits tomorrow and beyond.

Whole body vibration has become a respected form of therapeutic exercise in the last forty years as a result of the research done by Dr. Biermann on the use of cyclic oscillations on the human back in former East Germany . His therapies used a process called the Rhythmic Neuromuscular Stimulation or RNS. Around that same time a Russian scientist named Vladimir Nazarov used these same trials on athletes that resulted in better strength and flexibility in their muscles. The Russians also used vibrations on cosmonauts in their space program to counter the negative effects of zero gravity such as loss of bone density and muscle mass. And, in ancient Greece the metal end of a saw swabbed in cotton was held by a patient, while the handle end was held and shook by someone else, thereby sending vibrations up and throughout the affected arm of the patient. Saws, cosmonauts, and athletes -- a colorful history if ever there was one.

Whole body vibration is now a therapy and exercise method used by many well-known institutions such as NASA, Stanford University , and professional sports teams. Basically, the idea is to put the muscles in a situation where they must expand and contract continually, which pumps extra oxygen into the cells. This is a process of oxidization that is much like breathing, so to speak, only in this case it is on the cellular level. Oxidization simultaneously relaxes and stimulates the body, which helps it to heal itself and grow muscles at a faster rate.

A person stands on the platform of the machine from 2 to 10 minutes and lets the muscles' interaction with the machines' vibrations do the work. It is possible to do more elaborate exercises on the machine but benefits can be achieved even in their absence. Because of the low impact form of the vibrations the machine can be used daily. In addition, since it takes so little time out of the day you are more likely to stick with a regular routine. Some Whole body vibration machines' platforms vibrate up and down using a piston-like motion and others rock from side to side like a teeter-totter. Most are built with handles to hold on while you vibrate.

It seems so simple but the results are phenomenal.

Whole body vibration has been used to build bone density, lose weight, pack on muscle, relieve back pain and alleviate stress and arthritis. It has also been used to help those with respiratory symptoms and diseases like emphysema and asthma maintain a regular physical routine. The results are progressive and long lasting. But you do not have to have an ailment to benefit from a whole body vibration machine. Healthy users' exercise routines are only enhanced because it improves circulation, Human Growth Hormone, metabolism, tightness of the skin, blood pressure, flexibility, bone density and overall cardiovascular health and well-being.

If at some point in your life you are ever concerned with at least one of the above aspects of health, you might want to give whole body vibration exercise a try. This awareness of this technology is growing and is obviously here to stay. By addressing prevention and healing of your body in a pain free, low-stress, and safe exercise format that anyone can participate in, you will be at the cutting edge of physical and mental improvement today and always.



About the author
Alex Malinsky aka RawGuru is an award winning chef and one of the leading experts in the field of raw food. He started to learn about raw foods at the early at of 15. After 10 years on the raw food diet he continues to be on the cutting edge of nutritional research and product development. Visit Alex's website at: for more information.
I thought the whole point was to help "circulation" of lymph which has no way to circulate except via movement. I also thought that was the basis of trampoline exercising. So anyway, add lymph circulation to your list of bennies.
Whole Body Vibration therapy is said to be the one of the beneficial technologies and it helps the people to maintain higher level of fitness, health, and well-being and weight loss in a less period of time with conventional exercise.