Whole Body Vibration Contraindications

Whole Body Vibration Contraindications

It is always wise to get the opinion of a healthcare professional before undertaking a new type of exercise or making changes to your diet. If like many other people, you fail to take this step, you could be potentially putting your health and well-being at risk. That’s not to say that whole body vibration is a dangerous form of training, but it does have a number of contraindications that you should be aware of before you first step onto a vibration exercise machine for the first time. Certain conditions can be aggravated by regular exposure to the vibrations that these machines produce, which we are going to outline during the course of this article.

The Use of Whole Body Vibration to Treat Medical Conditions

Before we list the contraindications associated with total body vibration machines, it is important to point out that this technology is used by healthcare professionals all across the world as a way to treat a range of medical conditions, including some conditions that appear on the list below. For that reason, these contraindications are generally considered guidelines and should you have one of these conditions, don’t rule whole body vibration training out before discussing it with your doctor.

Known Whole Body Vibration Contraindications

Vibration therapy may have been around for thousands of years, when it was first used by the ancient Greeks, but today we are still learning about its effects on various types of injuries and diseases. Below is a list of conditions that have been known to suffer an adverse reaction to vibration training.

    • Severe migraines
    • Pregnancy
    • Hernia
    • Kidney stones
    • Epilepsy
    • Recent surgical wounds
    • Recent fractures
    • Thrombosis
    • Cancer
    • Severe inflammations
    • Severe cases of osteoarthritis
    • Knee or hip replacements
    • Patients with pacemakers
    • Severe cases of cardiovascular disease
    • Retinal detachment
    • Alien implants (plates, pins etc)

This is by no means a conclusive list, but does cover most of the well known contraindications. You will find that most reputable whole body vibration machine manufacturers will have a list on their website, along with product information, or will be happy to advise you over the phone. However, as mentioned before, the best thing to do would be to consult your doctor. During your consultation with them, they will do the following:

  • Determine whether you are physically able to undertake strength training.
  • Determine whether you are physically able to undertake cardiovascular training.
  • Assess whether they believe your pre-existing medical conditions (if you have any) are likely to be irritated by whole body vibration therapy.

    Don’t Overuse Your Whole Body Vibration Machine

    When used properly, vibration trainers are capable of providing the user with a whole range of physical and mental benefits. One of the reasons that this type of training is popular is due to the lack of conscious physical energy that has to be exerted. Unlike working out on a treadmill, doing plyometrics or lifting weights to achieve strength or weight loss related goals; your body is stimulated by the vibrations and reacts automatically. So there’s no running, jumping or anything along those lines, but that does have one drawback; it becomes more difficult to tell whether you are overtraining.
    While you should always check the guidelines issued by the manufacturer of the vibration plate you use, the vast majority of machines can be used up to once a day, with a maximum recommended session time of around half an hour. However, session times and frequency of usage have to be adjusted according to your physical condition. For example, if you have a condition that affects your joints, it wouldn’t be wise to start an intensive program and use the machine every single day, as doing so could actually worsen your condition rather than improve it. If you are unsure, it’s always best to consult a medical professional. If they clear you to start using vibration training, ask them what length and frequency of sessions they would advise.

    What Can Happen if You Overuse Whole Body Vibration?

    Most companies are keen to shove the benefits of vibration training down your throat, but are not so quick to provide advice on the potential dangers of it when it is not used properly. At Motion Health Inc. we believe in showing our prospective clients the whole picture, educating them on the ways that optimum results can be achieved and how to avoid misusing this type of technology.
    The expression “too much of anything isn’t good for you” rings true with many activities and foods that are considered part of a healthy lifestyle, and whole body vibration is no different. Just think of fruit. Healthcare professionals constantly talk about the benefits of incorporating a range of different fruits into your diet. But eating too much fruit can actually be counterproductive due to it having high natural sugar content. Vibration training machines, whilst they won’t give you a sugar overdose, produce vibrations at rates of up to 50 or 60 per minute. These vibrations affect your muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and other bodily tissues in a positive manner, but if the exposure is too great it can actually lead to the degeneration of cells. The head is one area that often experiences negative effects if vibration training is undertaken too regularly, and reports of problems such as severe headaches, loss of hearing and blurred vision have been made.

    Additional Advice When Using a Vibrating Platform Machine

    After being given the go-ahead by your doctor to pursue whole body vibration training, Motion Health Inc. would still recommend you do the following:

  • Ensure you wear footwear and clothes that are comfortable.
  • Carry out a visual inspection of the machine before starting, ensuring nothing is damaged.
  • Drink water prior, during and after your workout to ensure you remain hydrated at all times.
  • If you start to feel dizzy or light-headed, finish the session straight away.
    For further information on whole body vibration, give the professionals at Motion Health Inc. a call today on 905-906-8660.

 

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