Friday, June 13, 2008

Whole Body Vibration May Do Muscles, Bones Good

“Standing on a vibrating platform may sound like an odd way to pass the time, but a new research review suggests it may do the muscles and bones some good -- particularly in older or sedentary adults. Writing in the journal Current Sports Medicine Reports, researchers detail the evidence for and against so-called whole body vibration training. WBV involves standing on a platform that sends mild vibratory impulses through the feet and into the rest of the body. These vibrations activate muscle fibers more efficiently. it is claimed, than conscious contraction of muscles during regular exercise. WBV is often touted as a way to improve muscle power, jump higher or sprint faster. The tactic is also being studied for its therapeutic potential, such as increasing older women's bone mass.”

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