Can Whole Body Vibration Training Improve Heart Health?

It is well documented that cardio-vascular (CV) disease occurs as a consequence of structural and functional changes in the arterial walls, such as endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffness.

Aside from negative life style choices one of the more common reasons for this can be reduced muscular strength and reduced muscle mass, often due to vascular ageing or disease, to mention MS as an example.

With vibration training, an involuntary immediate neuromuscular response is created which leads to a muscle contraction. The intensity and degree of ?bre recruitment during this neuromuscular response depends on the level of vibration frequency (Hz) and length of interval (time) chosen.

The vibration frequency represents the amount of time the plate will vibrate per second. Since all the neurological responses are involuntary, whole body vibration training has now widely become a respected training method for prevention and rehabilitation of heart health and disease.

Utilizing WBV training is a very efficient way to improve body composition, muscular strength whilst increasing circulation and improving vasodilation, leading to less restrictive blood flow to the heart whilst facilitating nutrients and oxygen distribution throughout the body.

Since CV disease is often associated with lack of mobility, WBV training lends itself particularly well to the less mobile population, i.e. the elderly, rehabilitation post trauma or surgery, and MS sufferers, as it can be performed without the need for additional resistance or dynamic movement in a relatively short time.

Ten minutes of WBV training equate to almost one hour of conventional exercising. Overall WBV training appears to be a very attractive proposal in the quest for a healthy heart.

M. Akabusi, Director, POWRX UK