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The effect of vibration results in what scientific literature calls ‘Tonic Vibration Reflex’ or ‘TVR’. That is a repeated myotatic reflex or stretch reflex. This means that vibrated muscles has to work very hard, while the subject or player using “ Hypergravity” Fit-N-Flex does nothing other than balance on the platform. The effect per pulsation is like that of the knee jerk reflex. This muscle activity can be measured by use of electromyography (EMG). Fir example, in one repetition maximum effort, the muscle(s) involved are activated 100% voluntarily. However, with vibration training on the Hypergravity machine, the muscles work at 200% to 300% of this IRM activation. This is an ideal way to train, especially when the muscle does not function properly. For example, with weakened muscles in the
elderly, or after injuries.
Research shows that after vibration training (just one session!), there is a high excertion of Testosterone and Growth Hormone. There is also a drop in the stress hormone cortisol. This combination has favorable effects on muscle protein synthesis. effect of vibration training on hormones: Testosterone: +7%, Human Growth Hormone: +460%, Cortisol: -32% (Source: Bosco et al 2000). increase in testosterone and growth hormone are important in the function of both body and mind. Many complaints of the elderly can be traced to a decrees on these hormones. It is essentially these hormones, together with the female hormone estrogen, which are used to combat genetic complains so that it’s possible to still
enjoy life and vitality even when one has reached old age.
Bones decalcification (osteoporosis) is one of the biggest health problems especially in the elderly and woman population. Many elderly people break their bones more easily when they fall because of bone decalcification; the hip is the most notorious in this respect. The onset of osteoporosis is partly due to a lack of movement, which causes muscles to gradually weaken, the circulation to demising and the bones to be inadequately used. In addition, as a result of the aging process, the body produces less hormones such as testosterone, estrogen and growth hormone. Yet it is exactly these hormones which play such an important role in the
maintenance of strong bones.
The adcive usually given to sufferers of this disease is to take more exercise, but that is difficult when muscles are weak, particularly in the legs. Hypergravity machines offer a good alternative to vigorous impact exercise: through vibration the muscles automatically become stronger and regain their tome. The circulation improves because the blood vessels in the legs are wide open due to the vibration. A
the same time, the pulsation gives a direct stimulus to bone tissue.
Scientific research shows that the vibration training can help against osteoporosis. Recent findings show that even after only one vibration treatment, there is an increase in the hormone testosterone and the growth hormone, which
are so essential for strong bones.
Parkinson’s disease is an example of a deficiency in dopamine, which is the reason that L-Dopa is given as medicine. It is also recognized that serotonin plays a role in your mood, or frame of mind. A shortage of serotonin in the brain can lead to depression, which is the reason the Prozac is given as a medicine in order to increase the serotonin content in the brain. From research,it appears that vibration training also influences the neurotransmitters and the way in which they work. Vibration training increases the serotonin content in the brain, which could
possibly explain why one feels so well after vibration training.
The effect of vibration training on the blood vessels is clear to see and feel. After training, one often sees that the skin of the lower leg is colored pink. This is a sign that the blood vessels in that area are wide open. It also explains the feeling which may describe as: coming home after a snowball fight with your bare hands, and then putting your hands in a bucket of warm water. A tingling feeling which indicates that our blood vessels are wide open. In Germany, the effect of vibration training is used as therapy for a disturbed peripheral circulation, particularly in
the lower legs, such as in chronic venous insufficiency.
The effect on the muscles is reflexively activated via the nervous system. With vibration training, it seems as if pulsations awaken the nerve tract, which could explain the positive effects of vibration training in partial paralysis. In fact, good results have been reported in the experimental treatment of, for example, MS patients Cartilage, it is already recognized that intermitted pressure stimulates optimal functioning of the cartilage, this cause the synovia, to be repeatedly pumped between the cartilage, just like a sponge which is constantly squeezed under water. This intermittent pressure maintains and improves cartilage