Whole body vibration machines that you see today have evolved greatly from the devices that were originally created to utilize the power of vibration therapy. Indeed, the original vibration exercise machine was a device used by the early Greeks that resembled a wooden bow. This device had a wooden shaft covered with lumps of cloth and was repeatedly drawn across scabbed flesh wounds. The premise being that the bow would vibrate the injury as it was being drawn back and forth at high speed. This vibration increased circulation to the affected area and increased HGH (Human Growth Hormone) levels in the area, which would speed up the healing treatment through this treatment. This procedure also improved the lymphatic drainage which would help remove toxins and puss from the area, which made the body’s job or self-repair even more effective. The physicians of the era may not have understood why this treatment was effective, but they knew it did work and their patients (often warriors and soldiers) would be fit for returning to the battlegrounds sooner than those who did not receive this basic vibration therapy. They were often praised for their contribution to the war efforts of their time. These same Greek medical aids eventually gave birth to what we refer to nowadays as modern day medicine. They really were the forefathers of modern day whole body vibration therapy, and much of what we know today comes from the ancient Greeks foray into medicine and human health. HISTORY
Whole-body vibration (WBV) is an emerging strategy used by athletes and exercising individuals to potentially accelerate muscle recovery. WBV elicits involuntary muscle stretch reflex contractions leading to increased motor unit recruitment and synchronization of synergist muscles which may lead to greater training adaptations over time. Intense exercise training, especially eccentric muscle contractions will inevitably lead to muscle damage and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) which may interfere with the maintenance of a planned training program. WBV before and after exercise is showing promise for attenuating muscle soreness and may be considered as an adjunct to traditional therapies (i.e. massage, cryotherapy) to accelerate muscle recovery. RESEARCH AND STUDIES
At Slimvibes, we offer a variety of whole body vibration machines with different features for users of different sizes, shapes, abilities, and needs. In the paragraphs that follow, we try to briefly explain some of the differences in order to help you make a decision on which machine is best for you. We encourage you to call us to discuss your personal needs. BUYER'S GUIDEWhat type of motion is offered by the machine? What types of handle bars are best? How wide is the platform area?
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