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October 5, 2006

Whole Body Vibration

The Detroit Free Press has an interesting article about the use of whole body vibration as a treatment for clients with severe spinal cord injuries to build bone density and muscle tone. This treatment is sometimes administered by massage therapists.

The machines used in whole body vibration look somewhat like StairMasters -- with a large metal plate where the steps would be. You stand on the plate and select a frequency and a segment time (usually from 30 to 60 seconds); the plate vibrates, causing your muscles to contract. That's supposed to lead to better circulation, fewer spasms and increased bone density. Users can also do basic moves like calf raises, squats, push-ups or sit-ups to work different body parts.

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Posted by linda at October 5, 2006 11:22 PM

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