History of Whole Body Vibration
The concept behind what makes the whole body vibration machines work dates back to ancient Greece. Doctors in ancient Greece invented the first body vibration tools as a therapeutic method to help soldiers recover from their injuries. These tools utilized a bow-like wooden instrument. The doctors would "pluck" the strings of the bow so that it would vibrate over soldiers' wounds.
These doctors found that soldiers’ injuries would heal faster as a result of vibration therapy; this "buzzing" allowed pus to drain faster from wounds and improve the production of human growth hormones. Together, these benefits helped stimulate the healing process in the patient's body.
Whole Body Vibration (WBV) Plate therapy is often credited to the Russians, since the first modern occurrence of WBV therapy originated here. The concept grew out of a program used to train Russian cosmonauts. WBV was explored by Russian scientist Vladimir Nazarov, who tested vibration on cosmonauts in an effort to decrease the loss of muscle and bone mass in space.
In 1995, thanks to the WBV program, cosmonaut Valery Polakov became the first man to stay in space for more than 400 days.
In addition to the space program, Russian athletes also leveraged body vibration machines to speed up their rehab during the Olympics.
Outside of Russia, NASA started using Whole Body Vibration to get humans on the moon. An Italian physiologist named Carmelo Bosco invented the modern day whole body vibration machine, allowing people from all over the world to access the benefits of vibration therapy in the comfort of their homes or in their neighborhood gyms.
From here, WBV expanded. Today, vibration machines are used by millions of people to treat a variety of ailments as well as to enhance everyday workout and fitness activities.
Whole Body Vibration Fitness Machine training encompasses different kinds of vibration and utilizes almost 100 percent of the muscle fibers, improving blood circulation, lymphatic drainage and metabolism. Whole Body Vibration Fitness Machines stimulate muscles which will pump blood into the smallest capillaries of the body, allowing the cells to receive fuel more rapidly, causing waste products to be disposed of much faster and enhancing your local circulation, which builds bone density and a stronger immune system, fights osteoporosis, and reduces your back and joint pains.
Use of vibration plate therapy machines is also said to reduce cellulite and stimulate collagen production for smoother skin, boost natural hormone levels and lymphatic flow, speed muscle recovery after working out, and help balance stress hormones.