Roots of Whole Body Vibration

WBV can be traced all the way back to ancient Greece, where the first applications of vibration for the use of human health were developed. A saw covered in cotton was used as a tool to transmit a mechanical vibration, this primitive method treated parts of the body that did not function properly.

Vibration has been used as an exercise and therapeutic tool since the 1800’s. In 1857 a Swedish doctor, Dr. Gustav Zander had built 70 different exercise machines, some of which provided a type of vibration exercise. After exhibiting at two World Fairs, he started the Zander Institutes, the earliest form of today’s health clubs, which proved to become very popular throughout the world.

In 1895 in Battle Creek Michigan, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the developer of Corn Flakes, invented a WBV machine. This was a unique chair design that shook aggressively and was effective for relieving constipation, headaches and back pain. He eventually developed a standing platform.

By 1960 the beginning of today’s standard of vibration therapy appeared. In East Germany a technique called Rhythmic Neuromuscular Stimulation was being used by Professor W. Biermann to improve the condition of joints.

Modern day research of WBV technology really began in the late 70’s with the development of a vibration system by one of Russia’s key sports scientists Dr. Vladimir Nararov. He was an active sportsman, a member of the Soviet gymnastics team and occupied a chair for sports biomechanics at the State College in Minsk. He first introduced this technology to competitive sports, ballet and medicine.

The Russian Space Program began use of the technology with their astronauts suffering from muscle atrophy and considerable bone dencity loss due to weightlessness while exposed to zero gravity. A Russian Cosmonaut named Valeri Polakov MD set a world record for being in space for 438 days. Vibration technology gave Russian’s the advantage as their Cosmonauts were able to stay in space much longer, while American Astronauts had to return after approximately 100 days. In addition, today the European Space Agency and NASA are actively using vibration in ongoing studies.

Since then and most recently, researching the benefits of WBV has multiplied significantly. Most platforms used in this research were developed in Europe; a majority of the peer-reviewed publications have also come from there and have been done using high acceleration or high gravity platforms. At the present time there are 100’s of articles revealing the effects of WBV and related benefits. The first commercially available platforms and still the industry leaders come from Germany, Galileo┬« produces a wide rang of load resistance from low to high G force for training and therapeutic benifits, these devices developed by Novotec Medical and have long been sought after by researchers around the world for their superior construction and range of frequency (5-30 Hz.)

Others may refer to this vibration research and literature; however, results from one system cannot be implied to another. Since the parameters of low and high gravity vibration can differ. The testing of performance accuracy is of paramount importance and the results must be made available to the consumer for proper evaluation of the platforms being considered for purchase.

When considering a new WBV machine, remember to always ask for independent verification of performance specifications, if evidence directly related to the product of interest cannot be provided, then continue your search.

For this reason we have taken the approach of evaluating, then categorizing each machine we offer for resale. Ensuring the prospective buyer the most accurate expectations of performance and in turn, outcome regardless of what the original vendor may say or market as a new offering.Look at it no different than a safety certification necessary to transfer ownership of a used vehicle.

Please keep in mind that most whole body vibration machines in the market offer a minimum benefit in exercise to the masses, and are better described as a full body massage machine. These machines on average have a maximum frequency around 14 -16 Hz, producing 4 – 6 G’s of resistance force on average. We categorize the majority as low resistance, entry level platforms. The ideal user being anyone below base line fitness levels like most seniors are today, or those with mobility limitations. With time and consistent use, it is possible for the user to move on to higher resistance platform, should motivation and the increased investment be justified. Another reason we encourage the beginner to invest wisely avoiding the sometimes inflated pricing of new, by searching out a used platform to begin with, as they are plentiful in availability.

Scarcely available as pre owned offerings are the ladder high resistance platforms covering a wider range of frequencies and load resistance. Therefore be prepared to pay the price for superior engineering and performance